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on peer-to-peer dynamics in politics, the economy and organizations
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Homestay is the origin of Sharing Economy - PR Newswire (press release)

Homestay is the origin of Sharing Economy - PR Newswire (press release) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Professor Lawrence Lessig at Harvard Law School first used the term 'sharing economy' in 2008, describing transactions for lending and borrowing rather than purchase and ownership. Ever since then, many lending and borrowing services have emerged for books, clothing, cars and even houses, and such trend has been geared by the technological advances in IT and SNS. A weekly magazine 'TIME' also selected the consumerism based on sharing economy as one of the 10 ideas to change the world. 

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unMonastery

“When it comes to work it is increasingly difficult to reconcile making money with making sense. People do work to make a living. Others do work to make meaning. But the two works are not the same work.” The unMonastery is an ambitious and radical response to the challenge of bridging this gap. It draws inspiration from the 10th century monastic life to encourage radical forms of social innovation and collaboration. A sort of lay, off-grid mendicant order striving for a society that can better withstand present and future systemic crises.
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Is Collaboration Limited by Organizational Structure?

Is Collaboration Limited by Organizational Structure? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We've been seeking enterprise 2.0 and social business for several years now with some notable success, but still quite a lot of “vague” and some level of fatigue. Topic: Social Business.
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Update: User Satoshi Nakamoto's post in P2P Foundation's Ning network

Update: User Satoshi Nakamoto's post in P2P Foundation's Ning network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last Friday the account under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto was used to post a five-word message to our social network for P2P researchers, hosted by NING (Glam Media).

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The Pluralist Commonwealth

The Pluralist Commonwealth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Pluralist Commonwealth is a systemic model, developed and refined over the last forty years by political economist and historian Gar Alperovitz, which attempts to resolve theoretical and practical problems associated with both traditional corporate capitalism and traditional state socialism. A central emphasis is the reconstruction of communities--and the nation as a community--from the ground up. Hence, it might also be called a Community-Sustaining System.  The term “Pluralist Commonwealth,” however, is offered to stress the inevitability—for functional as well as scale reasons—of different (plural) institutional forms of wealth democratization. This is something not commonly recognized in discussions of alternative systemic models which often tend to focus narrowly on the simple polarity of state ownership versus worker-ownership, or state versus self-managed firms. 

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Stefan Meretz's Critique of the Peer Production License

Stefan Meretz's Critique of the Peer Production License | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In principle this is clear to Michel Bauwens, nevertheless he dreams to link “the commons to a enterpreneurial coalition of ethical market entitities (Coops and other models)” keeping “the surplus value entirely within the sphere of commoners/cooperators instead of leaking out to the multinations”. Smartly commons and cooperatives are intermingled via the involved persons. Hereby a “sphere of the good” is defined. It is good what contributes to this sphere, and this is the goal of the PPL which “allows commoners to create their own market entities, keeping the surplus value into the commons sphere”. Shortly said: Not the big, but the small ones should get the profit — as shown it is just about a different distribution.

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How Kickstarter users raised nearly $1 billion: The really long tail of crowdfunding

How Kickstarter users raised nearly $1 billion: The really long tail of crowdfunding | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If Kickstarter were like the media institutions that dominated the 20th century—book publishers, movie studios, record companies—the crowdfunding site’s revenue would derive mostly from a few big hits, like the Oculus Rift virtual-reality visor and the Pebble smartwatchThat is, most of the money Kickstarter makes to support its 79 employees, Manhattan office and server infrastructure would come from the 50 or so projects that have received more than $1 million in funding since 2009, when Kickstarter launched.

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“The New Materialism’: or, how falling in love with the world could help us all live more, with less.

“The New Materialism’: or, how falling in love with the world could help us all live more, with less. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The world’s oldest continuously working mechanical timepiece, the clock at Wells Cathedral was wound by hand every week for 600 years until the last in a long line of ‘Keepers of the Great Clock’ retired in August 2010.  Maintaining the clock demanded skill, dedication and a great deal of care. As the centuries passed, it needed each of the keepers to develop a loving relationship with the mechanism, to tend, nurture and cajole it into a long life. It is this quality of relationship that we lose when we lose our connection with the objects we own, and this sense enchantment with the material world we are part of, that lies at the heart of an emerging ‘New Materialism’ that promises a world of better, not more.

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Open Data – An Introduction | Open Knowledge Foundation

Open Data – An Introduction | Open Knowledge Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.” OpenDefinition.org


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How Dogecoin Could Lead the World into a Gift Based Economy - I Have Bitcoins

How Dogecoin Could Lead the World into a Gift Based Economy - I Have Bitcoins | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a recent blog post on CoinDesk, Brett Scott introduced the idea that cryptocurrencies could have a major impact on the rise of a gift based economy. At the fore of this gifting culture is the unlikely aspirational hero that is Dogecoin, the meme based Shiba Inus dog touting cryptocurrency. The Shibe community on Reddit recently raised $33,000 to send the Jamaican bobsled team to the Sochi Olympics. This tremendous feat is a testament to the power of people coming together to give whatever small amount they can to make a difference. And it’s just one example of shibes showing their support for the underdog. 

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Teaching revolution gathers pace - Financial Times

Teaching revolution gathers pace - Financial Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Like Prof Herzlinger, Wharton's vice-dean of innovation Karl Ulrich believes the social impact of these programmes is a central reason for promoting Moocs.

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The sharing economy - The Age

The sharing economy - The Age | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last year, when Time Magazine named 10 ideas that will change the world, high on the list was an entirely new concept: ‘collaborative consumption’.




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Organization in the crowd: peer production in large-scale networked protests

Organization in the crowd: peer production in large-scale networked protests | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How is crowd organization produced? How are crowd-enabled networks activated, structured, and maintained in the absence of recognized leaders, common goals, or conventional organization, issue framing, and action coordination? We develop an analytical framework for examining the organizational processes of crowd-enabled connective action such as was found in the Arab Spring, the 15-M in Spain, and Occupy Wall Street. The analysis points to three elemental modes of peer production that operate together to create organization in crowds: the production, curation, and dynamic integration of various types of information content and other resources that become distributed and utilized across the crowd. 
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Life Without Money | Building Fair and Sustainable Economies

Life Without Money | Building Fair and Sustainable Economies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Do we need money? The authors of Life Without Money argue that we need to free ourselves from monetary values and relations to achieve democratic and meaningful relationships with one another and a sustainable dynamic with nature. Money is a key aspect of damaging practices that cannot be reformed.

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Paid work opportunities for online community-builders in Armenia, Egypt and Georgia! Apply before 15/3.

Paid work opportunities for online community-builders in Armenia, Egypt and Georgia! Apply before 15/3. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Inspire and encourage more people to exchange experience with peers on the platform and participate in Spot the future workshops in Armenia, Egypt and Georgia. Duration: Part time(20%), during the period17/3/2014-17/6/2013. Total Salary: 1200 USD. Deadline for application 15/3/2014. - See more at: http://edgeryders.eu/spot-the-future/paid-work-opportunities-for-online-community-builders#sthash.5Fu7FAbW.dpuf

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Financial Industry Regulatory Authority on Bitcoin: "More Than a Bit Risky" - newsBTC

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority on Bitcoin: "More Than a Bit Risky" - newsBTC | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (also known as FINRA), the largest independent regulator for fall securities firms that do business in the USA), has issued an investor alert on bitcoin entitled Bitcoin: More than a Bit Risky, which aims to caution investors who may be looking to invest in the emerging digital currency.

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The World Needs A Better Way To Make Decisions Together. Let's Build It!

The World Needs A Better Way To Make Decisions Together. Let's Build It! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We're changing the way the world makes decisions together. Building a tool for truly inclusive decision-making, not majority-rules polling, but actually coming up with solutions that work for everyone.
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Project of the Day: Cropmobster

Project of the Day: Cropmobster | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A “food gleaning and supply-sharing program, called Cropmobster, spearheaded by Bloomfield’s General Manager Nick Papadopolous, has created simple and effective solutions to address food waste and hunger and increase farmer visibility in a decentralized, community-based way”. [1]

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Bring Loomio to the World!

Bring Loomio to the World! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We’re a small team of open-source developers, facilitators and activists in New Zealand. On Tuesday March 11, we're crowdfunding to build a totally inclusive platform so anyone anywhere can participate in decisions that affect them. It's called Loomio 1.0. 
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Bitcoin is Not a Currency - naked capitalism

Bitcoin is Not a Currency - naked capitalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Bitcoin is not a currency any more than gold bars or collectable baseball cards are. And that has serious implications for this "innovation".
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Jaron Lanier's war on unlicensed horse massaging

Jaron Lanier's war on unlicensed horse massaging | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Well, there’s a lot of ways. I mean, one of the issues is that in a market society, a middle class has always required some little artificial help to keep going. There’s always academic tenure, or a taxi medallion, or a cosmetology license, or a pension. There’s often some kind of license or some kind of ratcheting scheme that allows people to keep their middle-class status.

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All That Is Not Given Is Lost: Irish Traditional Music, Copyright, and Common Property

All That Is Not Given Is Lost: Irish Traditional Music, Copyright, and Common Property | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Irish music in a traditional idiom finds itself in the best of times and the worst of times. On the one hand Irish traditional music has become a global phenomenon, lending its symbolic and commercial weight, replete with what Irish cultural historian Luke Gibbons calls, “the communal Prozac of the heritage industry” (1996:172), to anything from Riverdance™ to Xena,™ Warrior Princess and its ethereal glances of uilleann pipe inciden­tals. Commercially speaking, the music has never been as popular, a boon for those determined to make a living playing the music that they live by. On the other hand we find that the embedded cultural practices and val­ues that have supported the transmission and life of the music are being threatened as a result of the very embeddedness, their being taken for grant­ed, that has guaranteed their lack of articulation thus far.

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Here Are 25 Things You Might Not Know About The World Wide Web - Business Insider

Here Are 25 Things You Might Not Know About The World Wide Web - Business Insider | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The thing that is most extraordinary about the internet is the way it enables permissionlessinnovation. This stems from two epoch-making design decisions made by its creators in the early 1970s: that there would be no central ownership or control; and that the network would not be optimized for any particular application: all it would do is take in data-packets from an application at one end, and do its best to deliver those packets to their destination.

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The Rise Of Invisible Work Could Transform The US Economy

The Rise Of Invisible Work Could Transform The US Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Companies like AirBnB, Etsy, and Uber have turned Americans into micro-entrepreneurs and changed what the definition of a job is. (Fantasric article on economic up and downsides of the sharing economy.
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