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The Favela Chef Turning Food Waste Into Organic Dishes | Food For Thought | Slow Food International - Good, Clean and Fair food.

The Favela Chef Turning Food Waste Into Organic Dishes | Food For Thought | Slow Food International - Good, Clean and Fair food. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people‚ where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today, we have over 100.000 members all over the world. Find out more about us and what we do. Join us today.
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Noam Chomsky on Peak Oil, Bailouts, and Climate Change | Peak ...

Noam Chomsky on Peak Oil, Bailouts, and Climate Change | Peak ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For those who don’t have the time to spend 2 hours watching a talk by this yesterday’s man, here is a shorter video with far more interesting and revealing opinions:

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Ever wanted to 3D print your own objects? Now you can

Ever wanted to 3D print your own objects? Now you can | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

MANUFACTURING IS GOING through a renaissance of sorts. With 3D printing opening up a whole world of possibilities for object creation, it means great things for those interested in design or are involved in creative spaces.

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Extreme Manufacturing | Wikispeed

Extreme Manufacturing | Wikispeed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Extreme Manufacturing is a set of technical practices and management principles to go from an idea to a product or service in the customers hands in less than 7 days. This involves Agile design, Agile manufacturing, Scrum teams, Kanban flow optimizations, Radical Management, Lean and TPS, rapid prototyping tools and practices, Scrum vendor practices, and Extreme Programing technical practices.

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US Media Blacks Out Snowden Interview: “Super National Intelligence Organization” Known As The “Five Eyes” Are Watching You

US Media Blacks Out Snowden Interview: “Super National Intelligence Organization” Known As The “Five Eyes”  Are Watching You | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
More information regarding the United States’ massive surveillance program has surfaced again, via Edward Snowden, an NSA whistleblower who stole thousands of classified documents before leaving the country.
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Crowdfunding a Dream

It was 1997. I was 25. I had spent two years working with a financial advisor to set up a translations brokerage company, at a time when no one else had done this in Ireland yet. Week after week debating cash flows and business procedures, drowning in paper, in the days before cloud computing or public awareness of the Internet. I was going to call it Impact! Translations Ltd., and I was going to focus specifically on the music industry. At the time, I wanted to do it because I loved translating (Spanish and Irish) and I saw a (humungous) gap in the market. In retrospect, I wouldn’t really have enjoyed it as much as I thought, as running the business of organising other translators and their contracts would have left me with very little time to do translations of my own.

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Why Food Should be a Commons not a Commodity

Why Food Should be a Commons not a Commodity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Food is treated as a private good in today's industrial food system, but it must be re-conceived as a common good in the transition toward a more sustainable food system that is fairer to food producers and consumers. If we were to treat food as a commons, it could be better produced and distributed by hybrid tri-centric governance systems implemented at the local level and compounded by market rules, public regulations, and collective actions. This change would have enormous ethical, legal, economic, and nutritional implications for the global food system. 

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Ripple = a standard protocol for routing payments through arbitrary currency network

Ripple = a standard protocol for routing payments through arbitrary currency network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Ripple is a payment system, which enables global financial transactions of any size with no chargebacks. It is built upon a distributed, open source internet protocol, consensus ledger and native currency called ripples. The Ripple network supports any fiat currency, cryptocurrency, commodity or other unit of value." 

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The History of Hacking Culture - Ultimate Programming Tutorials

The History of Hacking Culture - Ultimate Programming Tutorials | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Hacking culture is changing and developing all the time. The modern world is full of flaws to discover and secret places to explore. It makes sense that people are fascinated with the subject, but how has it progressed over time? In 1975 the “Robin Hood and Friar Tuck” programs were installed on Xerox machines by Motorola staff which meant every time the program was deleted, it would

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Good Living - P2P Foundation

Good Living - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Good Living is based not only in “having” but mainly in “being”, “do” and “feel”: in living good and living fully. If we consider that the definition of good living entails being aware that this is a complex, live, non-lineal concept, it's historically built, and as such is in a constant process of re-signification, then we can try to sketch what good living or sumak kawsay means: meeting needs, the achievement of a quality of dignified life and death, to love and be loved and the healthy blossom of everyone, in peace and harmony with nature, to prolong indefinitely human cultures and biodiversity.

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We Are Approaching The Economic Singularity - Business Insider

We Are Approaching The Economic Singularity - Business Insider | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

But before we turn to the chapter, I want to note that this year for the first time we are not requiring Strategic Investment Conference attendees to be accredited investors. A change of venue that gives us a little more room and a shuffling of the speaking schedule allow us to open the event to everyone. If you are from outside the United States, you will not have as much trouble getting accepted into the conference as you may have encountered in the past. I am really excited about this change and hope that we have a significant contingent of non-US citizens at the conference. The speaker lineup is certainly international in breadth.




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ideology threatens renewable energy future - The Canberra Times

ideology threatens renewable energy future - The Canberra Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Australia does not need to buy its renewable energy from overseas, as Lawder seems to suggest. We have huge solar and wind resources. In the medium term we could have 100 per cent renewable electricity and in the longer term we could be exporting renewable energy to Asia, either by transmission line or modified LNG tankers.




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Studying Commons Based Peer Production, ‘an expanding new frontier’ | P2PValue

Studying Commons Based Peer Production, ‘an expanding new frontier’ | P2PValue | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“This is a new frontier and this frontier is expanding in quite an impressive way”, Marco Berlinguer (IGOPnet) opened the roundtable discussion at the first public presentation of the P2Pvalue Project, which took place on the 22nd of January at the CCCB in Barcelona. P2Pvalue Project is a large project developed by a consortium of 6 institutions (University of Surrey, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Stichtung Peer to Peer Alternatives (P2P Foundation), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Università degli Studi di Milano),with more than 20 researchers, developers/hackers and commoners.

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Ericsson CMO Discusses Mobile Money in the Networked Society

Ericsson CMO Arun Bhikshesvaran discusses the critical role that mobile money plays in the Networked Society and how operators are extremely well-positioned as key players in mobile financial services.

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5 Economic Collapses That Changed History - DailyFinance

5 Economic Collapses That Changed History - DailyFinance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The scars are still raw five years after one of the worst financial crises in modern memory came to an end. Ever since the Dow Jones Industrial Averagebottomed out in 2009, investors have been bombarded by warnings and predictions of imminent collapse from every corner of the punditsphere, and millions have listened, choosing to stay on the sidelines to nurse their portfolio's wounds.

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Like a Gorilla high-fiving a shark: Wikispeed joins Happy Melly Network

Like a Gorilla high-fiving a shark: Wikispeed joins Happy Melly Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Fasten your seatbelts folks; this is going to be a wild ride. We are very proud to announce that Joe Justice and the incredible people of WIKISPEED have joined Happy Melly.They will be, in their own words, ‘An enthusiastic proponent of this platform for focus on creating jobs that employees will love while knocking down barriers to internationalization for corporations of all sizes. Because that is awesome.’

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How the Sharing Economy Causes Social Disruption

How the Sharing Economy Causes Social Disruption | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“The tech boom today is characterized by a another kind of disruption. It’s social disruption. New technologies and business models don’t just attack the existing dominant corporations; they attack social relations and transform non-business spheres of life into methodical instances of economic exchange from which the new tech innovators extract revenue. The tech boom is also characterized by disruption of smaller competitive markets by emergent tech monopolists backed ultimately by huge pools of private equity and giant, monopoly-seeking corporations. The winners and losers in many cases of disruption are split along existing racial and class lines of inequality. Those with little economic or political power to defend themselves from the disruptors are seeing their livelihoods and communities turned upside down. Their small businesses are being destroyed. Their communities are becoming unaffordable. Those with cultural capital, and access to economic capital have a shot at being disruptive, at skimming some wealth off of deregulated industry and precarious labor. And the wealthy individuals and companies that should be disrupted by a clever tech startup —the tax dodging banks, the Fortune 500, the health care companies and insurance giants— have the resources to defend themselves, fend off the geeks, deploy an equally clever response to retain market share, or to just buyout the scrappy competitor and fold it into their existing empire.

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Production and governance in hackerspaces: A manifestation of Commons-based peer production in the physical realm?

This article deals with the phenomenon of hackerspaces and sheds light on the relationship of their underlying values, organizational structures and productive processes to those of the online communities of Commons-based peer production projects. While hackerspaces adopt hybrid modes of governance, this article attempts to identify patterns, trends and theory that can frame their production and governance mechanisms. Using a diverse amount of literature and case studies, it is argued that, in many cases, hackerspaces exemplify several aspects of peer production projects’ principles and governance mechanisms.

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The food commons transition

The food commons transition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Treating food as a purely private good is denying millions of people access to this basic resource. Food should therefore be seen as a commons or public good. It could then be produced and distributed more effectively by a governance system combining market rules, public regulations and collective actions. 

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Staying alive shouldn't depend on your purchasing power

Staying alive shouldn't depend on your purchasing power | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

How much would you pay for staying alive? How much would you pay for breathing pure air? That may seem a silly question since air is everywhere, accessible to all. Air is a global public good, part of the commons – and yet in China a smart entrepreneur is already selling canned air at around 50p a can.

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You’re not fooling us, Uber! 8 reasons why the “sharing economy” is all about corporate greed

You’re not fooling us, Uber! 8 reasons why the “sharing economy” is all about corporate greed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Or, how to make money for Silicon Valley venture capitalists while pretending to espouse progressive ideals
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Commons-Based International Food Treaty - P2P Foundation

Commons-Based International Food Treaty - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Food as a purely private good prevents millions to get such a basic resource, since the purchasing power determines access and the price of food does not reflect its multiple dimensions and the value to society. With the dominant no money-no food rationality, hunger still prevails in a world of abundance. Hunger is needlessly killing millions of our fellow humans, including 3.1 million young children every year, condemning many others to life-long exposure to illness and social exclusion. This paper argues this narrative has to be re-conceived and a binding Food Treaty, based on a commons approach to food, will create a more appropriate framework to work together towards a fairer and more sustainable world. The eradication of hunger no later than 2025 would be the main objective within a broader framework whereby food and nutrition security shall be understood as a Global Public Good. Within the treaty framework, those governments that are genuinely determined to end hunger (a coalition of the willing) could commit themselves to mutually-agreed binding goals, strategies and predictable funding. The paper presents the rationale to substantiate the treaty, as well as objectives, provisions and a possible route map for the process."

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From Occupy to Climate Justice: Merging Economic Justice and Climate Activism

From Occupy to Climate Justice: Merging Economic Justice and Climate Activism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s an odd thing, really. in certain precincts of the left, especially across a broad spectrum of what could be called the economic left, our (by which I mean humanity’s) accelerating trajectory toward the climate cliff is little more popular as a topic than it is on the right. In fact, possibly less so. (Plenty of right-wingers love to talk about climate change, if only to deny its grim and urgent scientific reality. On the left, to say nothing of the center, denial takes different forms.)

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Open Source Business Models

Open Source Business Models | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This is a great article about business models around open source.  It starts out talking about RedHat and why it worked and didn’t work as a business model. In short, support models behind open source are too difficult differentiate.  RedHat was successful at a time until others joined the fight.

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Politics on Ideas

Politics on Ideas | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
I think the biggest political change is not going to come out of the political system, but out of the environment in which it operates. We the people.

If enough people mobilize around an idea I believe politicians will follow.
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