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Production and Governance in Hackerspaces as Commons-Based Peer Production in the Physical Realm? - P2P Foundation

Production and Governance in Hackerspaces as Commons-Based Peer Production in the Physical Realm? - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

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 paper 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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More good news in Amsterdam/Meer goed nieuws uit Amsterdam - The Airbnb Public Policy Blog

Lees in het Nederlands. Today, the Amsterdam City Council gave final approval to a new policy that embraces home sharing and makes Amsterdam a pioneer in the global sharing economy.
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Airbnb in NYC: The Real Numbers Behind the Sharing Story

Airbnb in NYC: The Real Numbers Behind the Sharing Story | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This is first in a series of data dives into Airbnb's listings in New York City. We believe Airbnb vs NYC is the defining fight of the shari (RT @hkanji: Airbnb versus New York City is one of the defining fights of the sharing economy.
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Venture Communism and Technological Miscommunication: a Conversation with Dmytri Kleiner - Reality Sandwich

Venture Communism and Technological Miscommunication: a Conversation with Dmytri Kleiner - Reality Sandwich | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the ‘90s, a lot of us working on social justice projects were also working for the dotcoms. As the movement began to fade, and the dotcom boom went bust, it became clear that venture capital wasn’t going to fund our work, so we created venture communism.
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How do we achieve commons-oriented phase transition?

Today we have a paradox, the more communistic the sharing license we use, the more capitalistic the practice, with the Linux commons becoming a corporate commons enriching IBM and the like … It works in a certain way, and seems acceptable to most free software developers, but is it the only way.

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These adorable robots could someday put construction workers out of a job

These adorable robots could someday put construction workers out of a job | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Termites have a reputation for breaking buildings down, not constructing themBut that’s about to changeHarvard engineers have used the insects as inspiration for a new robot called the TERMESOne day, they say, it could complete simple construction tasks without any supervision.

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Local Motors Micro-Factory Expansion

LM Community Manager Matt Jackson on the expansion of the micro-factory in Chandler, AZ, including a new space for LM Labs.

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Tour of Local Motors Micro-Factory w/ MAXTRAX America

Great shots of the Rally Fighter jumping at the monthly open house at Local Motors in Chandler, Arizone. Great car, great people, great fun. Thanks for all the help Buddy Crisp and gang!

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DEF CON 13 - Elizabeth Stark and Fred Benenson - The Revolution Will Not Be Copyrighted

The purpose of this paper is to explain and introduce the free culture movement and organization to the hacker community. We make the case that hackers should not only care about the ideas of free culture in the literal sense in that we seek to protect technological and digital rights, but also in a broader cultural sense. The idea of using and reusing bits of culture(the goal in a free culture) parallels the central tenets of the hacker ethos where manipulation, reuse, and recontextualization are essential. To that end, we'll show some compelling examples of art and music that we consider to be culture hacking. From reengineered Nintendo cartridges to electronic albums consisting almost totally of samples to an early 20th century modernist Mona Lisa hack, we'll demonstrate that some of the most innovative and radical cultural works are also the most derivative. We also intend to emphasize the significance of political and social action in order to maintain an environment of innovation and progress. There are highly significant cultural and technological issues that need to be addressed in society and we cannot stand by passively while leaving the control in the hands of the government, corporations, and other entities. In essence, free culture is deeply ingrained in the hacker ideal.

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A Conversation with Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism | MyFDL

A Conversation with Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism | MyFDL | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Scott Crow is a co-founder of the Common Ground Collective which provided grassroots solidarity and mutual aid after Hurricane Katrina. An anarchist activist, author and public speaker, he travels regularly to share his views.
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United We Win: Lessons Learned from Collaboration and Co-working Around the World - YouTube

What secrets do the Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, LA, London, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Toronto, Utrecht, Vancouver (and other!) communities have to learn from each other? This talk surveys successful indie groups and collaborative spaces around the world, outlining the top 5 things that make them successful; the top 5 things they warn against; and what resources they can provide you.

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Expensive food? Expensive housing? How co-operatives are making student life ... - Co-Operative News

Expensive food? Expensive housing? How co-operatives are making student life ... - Co-Operative News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


“We started our co-op with a vision of a post-capitalist society in our minds” he says.

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Arduino Blog » Blog Archive » 29th of March: A celebration of 10 years of Arduino and its worldwide community

Arduino Blog » Blog Archive » 29th of March: A celebration of 10 years of Arduino and its worldwide community | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Arduino Day  is a worldwide celebration of Arduino’s first 10 years. It’s 24 hours full of events – both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences, and learn more.

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The Sharing Economy | Global developments & status in Switzerland

What is the sharing economy? Why is it becoming more and more successful? What is the effect on society and economy? What's already happening in Switzerland?... (RT @stellaschieffer I talked about the #shareconomy to the #OxbridgeClub.
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A new type of leadership is required in the new networked society era

A new type of leadership is required in the new networked society era | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What type of leadership will be required to succeed in this new business world, created by the Networked Society? This society will see new market spaces, where cross-industry companies will compete. Because of its openness, its technology based on mobility, cloud and performing networks, because of globalization, free trade and capital movement; the Networked Society will transform and reshape businesses and industries.

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

“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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Termites inspire robot builders

Termites inspire robot builders | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
US scientists develop small robots that behave much like termites, able to build large structures even though each individual acts on its own and can follow only simple rules. (Stigmergic builder robots.
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Mebotics Microfactory: The World's First Machine Shop In a Box

Makers making for makers: The Microfactory project began one year ago when four friends, longtime members of an independent maker space in Somerville, Massachusetts called Artisans Asylum, came together to create a better prototyping and machining tool....one that was easy to use, self-contained, and capable of a truly impressive list of tasks. They independently financed the development and testing of five full versions of the Microfactory, resulting in the exceptional product featured here. The Microfactory was entirely conceived, designed and built by people who have spent their lives around machines, who wanted to make something truly revolutionary and highly usable for makers everywhere.

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Urban Incubator / Micro-Factories

Micro-Factories will create new production facilities that transform the knowledge, capacities, and ideas of Savamala into innovative products in new, small production plants. 

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Why There's No Actual Demand for Higher Education - Slate Magazine

Why There's No Actual Demand for Higher Education - Slate Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Clay Shirky believes the need is dire: “The reason to bet on the spread of large-scale low-cost education isn't the increased supply of new technologies.

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Open Hardware, Faster Product Cycles: Open Compute Summit 2014

Open Hardware, Faster Product Cycles: Open Compute Summit 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open hardware has already paid off for Facebook, said CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose appearance was somewhat of a surprise for the techies sitting in the front row of the conference hall. “In the last three years alone,” Zuckerberg said, “Facebook has saved more than $1 billion building out our infrastructure using Open Compute designs.” (You can watch his entire presentation on YouTube.) That was true in Facebook’s Prineville, Ore., datacenter – giving rise to an open style of hardware development that has since spread to Facebook’s datacenters in northern Europe and Asia/Pacific.

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Self-organizing robots: Robotic construction crew needs no foreman (w/ video)

Self-organizing robots: Robotic construction crew needs no foreman (w/ video) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On the plains of Namibia, millions of tiny termites are building a mound of soil—an 8-foot-tall "lung" for their underground nest. During a year of construction, many termites will live and die, wind and rain will erode the structure, and yet the colony's life-sustaining project will continue.


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The empathy revolution - Eureka Street

The empathy revolution - Eureka Street | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Most of us like to see ourselves as empathetic, but what does it mean to really 'imagine oneself in another's place and understand the other's feelings, desires, ideas, and actions'? And how do we get there? 'A first step is to humanise our imaginations by developing an awareness,' writes Krznaric, as 'we all possess deep wells of pain and sorrow that we can draw on to help bridge social divides and create empathic bonds'.

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Noam Chomsky on "Education and Creativity" (2013)

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 13, 2014 10:52 PM

Noam Chomsky always has a wise take on reality as he sees it.