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on peer-to-peer dynamics in politics, the economy and organizations
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Language, the original singularity

I had the massive pleasure of hanging out with Kevin KellyTim Oreilly and many others.

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The Best Sharing Happens Offline

The Best Sharing Happens Offline | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Lisa Gansky, Robin Chase and Seth Godin came together to discuss the sharing economy and the ways that value is created through connecting people.
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Facebook And WhatsApp Give Tech Innovation A Bad Name - Forbes

Much has already been said about the wisdom of paying $19 billion for a company that has no obvious or reliable source of revenue (it’s more than a number of companies listed on the S&P 500 that actually make things that are sold for a profit). I’m more interested in what it says about the nature of techinnovation in America.

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From MWC, innovations that will transform our society - The Networked Society Blog

From MWC, innovations that will transform our society - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The MWC craziness is in full swing with a running stream of announcements and launches, hands being shaken, agreements signed, and expectations being expressed about continuous evolution with connectivity as the cornerstone. It’s amazing to be here in the center of the mobile universe!

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Fairtrade at 20: much achieved, but much more needs to be done - The Guardian

Fairtrade at 20: much achieved, but much more needs to be done - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It is 20 years since the Fairtrade Foundation mark appeared on British shelves, and its founders have cause to celebrate a certification system that has far exceeded the quality and reach of the early packets of tea and coffee.

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Chicago Takes the Lead in Going Green - Michigan Avenue Magazine

Chicago Takes the Lead in Going Green - Michigan Avenue Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Scholtens doesn’t believe any of this diminishes Chicago’s position at the forefront of the movement, largely because the city has become a go-to national resource. “One of the things Chicago is doing that’s leading the way is the amount of green professionals we have,” Scholtens says, as he runs through a list of places—upstate New York; Cape Cod; Marin County, California; even Hawaii—all of which have net-zero residential developments that Scholtens has been involved with. “I see us as an exporter of the [net-zero] mind-set.”


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My New Life in the Shared Economy, Part One - TheWrap

My New Life in the Shared Economy, Part One - TheWrap | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In fact I love the whole idea of the shared economy, the concept that the Internet enables a measure of economic efficiency that has never before been possible, putting to use idle goods and services in a drive for a higher quality of life for a greater number of people. In a world of diminishing resources, it offers a path to survival. In a tight economy, it offers a financial boost while promoting conservation.

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Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News

Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still requiredto hook her home to the city’s water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by the city, Eskin said.

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Open Everything taken literally. Is it worth considering? - Liv.io

Open Everything taken literally. Is it worth considering? - Liv.io | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Gary Lachance is suggesting a rather radical open everything approach. Is it over the edge or even worth to consider? What are your thoughts, where are the advantages, where are the problems?

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Jack of All Trade Universe - P2P Foundation

Jack of All Trade Universe - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

JOATU is a web application that allows you to offer all of the things you want including services & products to sell, give or loan. For example, I’ll grow you a tomato plant, tutor you, lend you a power-tool for an equitable exchange.

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OuiShare Fest Awards

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Rewarding emerging initiatives of the Collaborative Economy. Application open fom February 17th until March 30th
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Project of the Day: the Cultural Commons Collecting Society

For a long time, the registered association OpenMusicContest.org e.V. has dreamed of a fair alternative to the GEMA. The OpenMusicContest (openmusiccontest.org/), from which the registered association emerged, showed the difficulties in communicating and interacting with the GEMA. The activities of the association therefore shifted from the organization of the event to becoming the supporting association for the Cultural Commons Collecting Society.”

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Dogecoins kicked out of Harvard (after hijacking supercomputers)

Dogecoins kicked out of Harvard (after hijacking supercomputers) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Excerpted from ars technica, by Lee Hutchinson. A meme-based cryptocurrency that came and went almost unnoticed, seems pretty frivolous. But how much more insubstantial is it than making “regular” money out of thin air? Plus, this particular (and popular) meme lends itself well, graphically, to the “coin” icon.

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Theories on the class nature of post-capitalist states | Red Philly

Theories on the class nature of post-capitalist states | Red Philly | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Note:  What follows is a compilation of links exploring the differing theories on the class nature of post-capitalist societies.  Different wings of Trotskyism refer to these societies as either deformed/degenerated workers’ states, state capitalist or bureaucratic collectivism.

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3 Ways Social Media Is Driving A Business Revolution

3 Ways Social Media Is Driving A Business Revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It’s hard to imagine a life before social media, even though sites like Facebook and Twitter have been around for less than a decade.
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Ethan E Rix's curator insight, September 29, 2014 9:24 PM

In an age where social media has been in the world for some time, the adaptation for a business to integrate the scope of platforms like facebook and twitter to reach new customers and stay on the cutting edge. This article by Forbes discusses three ways how social media is giving advantages to the businesses who balance their real time business operations with a positive influence that an online presence can bring.

 

The transparency is greatly increased in a business and it can quickly be considered outdated and it also serves as a distraction throughout the day that may hinder productivity. By following the tips provided in the article, the proper balance of real time productivity and new practices to utilize social media can have a positive impact on the brand equity. However, the CEO’s have to get involved in social media. 80% surveyed felt as though it is vital for the CEO to participate in social media. Despite their insight and knowledge of the industry, their competition is in fact using social media, and seeing huge benefits with its integration. Especially as more people get their information from social media, having no representation is a poor choice.

 

Next, the benefit of channel social media efforts is that it is cost effective. Instead of spending large capital on large advertising campaigns, it becomes relatively affordable to use the time of a dedicated social media staff in order to represent the firm online and get products to trend and go viral with creative. Pushing for a spot in the Supebowl commercial slot will cost a firm millions of dollars which is unfeasible to a small business. The tradeoff however, is the attitude shift or change in sales is not as immediate as if a firm invests in large campaign. The consumer is a more larger voice as social media broadcasts the consumer feedback to the twitter universe. This can make a product go viral quickly and make a firm become successful very quickly, or can show the list of complaints and issues that arise in the product and broadcasts the weaknesses for everyone to see.

Social media gives the power to the consumer to make business adapt faster to change and makes doing business an open conversation with you, the firm, and the rest of the world to see. It is impossible to control the messages that shape the image of a company, but the goal of adopting social media quickly and efficiently allows businesses to influence the conversation.


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The Hackathon LIVE - Culture Shift 3 - Snook: We are the how

The Hackathon LIVE - Culture Shift 3 - Snook: We are the how | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s been 8 weeks since we wrapped up phase one (Idea Hack) of Culture Shift 3 and this weekend, as the second and final phase kicks off we welcome back our six finalists – Mainframe Film, Chocolate City, Tae Wool, Parresia Publishers, Nigerian National Film Corporation and Fetch Strategic Insights. Over the next three days each of the organisations will work to further develop their ideas culminating in a pitch to a panel of judges on Sunday, where three of the teams will win funding and start-up support to get their concepts market ready and launched.

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Ericsson and Facebook create Innovation Lab for Internet.org - Wall ...

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Facebook today announced the creation of a joint innovation lab supporting the Internet.org initiative. The Internet.org Innovation Lab, an Ericsson-Facebook collaboration, will provide an environment and expertise for optimizing applications, networks, devices and services for the next five billion Internet users.


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Uncovering Racial Discrimination in the ‘Sharing Economy’ — HBS Working Knowledge

Uncovering Racial Discrimination in the ‘Sharing Economy’ — HBS Working Knowledge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The "sharing economy" is a burgeoning business model in which people offer their personal belongings and personal services to others, usually through online marketplaces that facilitate the transactions.

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Racial Discrimination In The Sharing Economy - Forbes

Racial Discrimination In The Sharing Economy - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New research from Harvard Business School shows how online marketplaces like Airbnb can inadvertently fuel racial discrimination against sellers.  The problem? The ubiquity of profile pictures.


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Chris Anderson: The Makers Revolution – A Seminar Flashback ...

This is the debut of a new feature on our blog. A couple times a month we’ll highlight a past Long NowSeminar About Long-term Thinking (SALT). We’ll start with a talk from a year ago. Author and technologist Chris Anderson spoke about The Makers Revolution in February 02013.

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OpenCommonsGame | Hacking Day 1 | 14Monday24 - Liv.io

OpenCommonsGame | Hacking Day 1 | 14Monday24 - Liv.io | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Today was the first day that we started coding on our OpenCommonsGame. Our goal is to find a way to collaboratively share our common goods without being depended on trading via exchange of goods and money. The concept is to eliminate the process of trading and concentrate on a fair voting mechanism giving everyone the possibility to distribute the resources in a direct and democratic fashion. We’ll keep you updated on our first week of coding and you will be able to follow our progress, on this blog and the social networks.

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DIY Drones - = a site for all things about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): How-to's, videos, discussion and mor

DIY Drones - = a site for all things about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): How-to's, videos, discussion and mor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"DIY Drones, which has blossomed into a community of 30,000 registered members. The site gets 1.4 million page views a month, has 6,000 blog posts, 8,000 discussion threads, and 80,000 comments a year. Anderson has marshaled that community to create open-source software for all sorts of drones." (http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/27/open-source-model-disrupts-the-commercial-drone-business/)

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Computational Complexity of Democracy - P2P Foundation

Computational Complexity of Democracy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The foundamental question that I inquire in dept is this: “It's possible a P2P society on large scale?” In the last work I have examined the logical and the ethical possibility of a large scale P2P society. And the answer was “not”, because the human beings are free and they can choice between many, but not arbitrary, concepts of “good”. And from a logical point of view, some of these concepts are in contradiction between them. The question of a large scale P2P society has many aspects. This time I wanna examine if there is a possibility in practise. If the greater part of human beings choice the same concept of “good” and choice to associate to it the same concept of “evil”, these humans can live all together in a unique and very large P2P society? If we imagine a P2P society in which every individual can dialogue with every other individual, a big problem open to us: the computational complexity of the scene. The theory of combinations or combinatorics come in help to us.
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Harvard supercomputing cluster hijacked to produce dumb cryptocurrency

Harvard supercomputing cluster hijacked to produce dumb cryptocurrency | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Love of money can cause people to do unwise things—like stealing time on your university's resident supercomputer to mine crypto-coins. The Harvard Crimson is carrying the story of someonewho did exactly that: an unnamed individual who was discovered using Harvard's Odyssey supercomputing cluster to generate dogecoins.





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▶ Is Society on the Verge of Collapse? - YouTube

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/07/25/Why_Cities_Grow_Corporations_Die_and_Life_Gets_Faster Theoretical physicist Geoffrey B. West discusses the impli...
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