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Indy Johar on the Future of Capitalism and the Firm

How we moved from deskilling, diseconomies of scale, and centralized economic processes towards distributed knowledge, and what does it mean for the corporate forms that we need?

 
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Project of the Day: Buerger Energie Berlin (Berlin Energy Co-op)

Project of the Day: Buerger Energie Berlin (Berlin Energy Co-op) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Arwen Colell was cycling down a Berlin street one afternoon when a friend from her choir group called her and said: “We should buy the electrical grid.” The idea was not out of the blue. Germany‘s energytransition, from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewables, has lined rooftops with solar panels. But it was another ambition to run Berlin’s distribution network.

 
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▶ Assange's Christmas address from Ecuador embassy in London (FULL VERSION) - YouTube

The man on the frontline of the information battle, Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, has given a Christmas address. He has delivered his speech from the balc...
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Gurukula: a worldwide network of schools

Gurukula: a worldwide network of schools | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Gurukula is a worldwide network of schools including more than 1,000 kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and colleges that apply neohumanism, which teaches the love of all creation, animate and inanimate.

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The Music Industry Is Dying? Great - Daily Beast

The Music Industry Is Dying? Great - Daily Beast | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The demise of the music industry can actually work for musicians as a moment of liberating grace. You can make a sane living in an unpredictable economy. 
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Gabriel Alejandro Del Valle's curator insight, January 16, 2014 2:58 PM

The most interesting article is this one. It shows how musicians life are changing because they cant make money off music like they used to. Piracy has beaten all artist by allowing people to download music for free. I actually agree that the Music Industry is dying do to piracy and its hard to actually make a living with music. But on the other end music will never die as long as consumers can still listen.

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From Linux-powered warships to robot bears, the year in Ars Tech Lab - Ars Technica

From Linux-powered warships to robot bears, the year in Ars Tech Lab - Ars Technica | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The last twelve months have seen some major upheavals in the technology world that few would have predicted last year. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announcing he would be resigning as CEO(on the heels of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia), the utter disaster that was the launch of Blackberry's new operating system, and fallout in the tech world over the National Security Agency's broad surveillance programs are among the most obvious.

 
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Don't Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It's Your Fault - Wired

Don't Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It's Your Fault - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Are teenagers losing their social skills? Parents and pundits seem to think so. Teens spend so much time online, we’re told, that they’re no longer able to handle the messy, intimate task of hanging out face-to-face. “After school, my son is on Facebook with his friends. If it isn’t online, it isn’t real to him,” one mother recently told me in a panic. “Everything is virtual!”

 
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Beyond Bitcoin: Merchants Accepting Multiple Digital Currencies

Beyond Bitcoin: Merchants Accepting Multiple Digital Currencies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Bitcoin may get the most attention, but several merchants are beginning to accept a digital currency called Litecoin, the second largest digital currency by market capitalization.
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How Communitarian Culture Changes the World: the example of Co-Housing

“Developing a process for creating intentional community, whether from no pre-existing organization or by transforming an existing religious or any social organization, is the process called in this writing, “intentioneering.” People simply come up with ideas on how they would like to live, often based upon existing successful communitarian movements, then make agreements on processes that support and perpetuate their desired lifestyle.

 
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Liquid organizations: building the next evolutionary stage of anti-fragility. | MIX M-Prize

Liquid organizations: building the next evolutionary stage of anti-fragility. | MIX M-Prize | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Liquefying an organization means disrupting the industrial-age driven assumptions on which rigid structures are designed and move on to make it adaptive, dynamic and anti-fragile. Based on lean management and open collaboration principles, the liquid organization model is flat, meritocratic and value-driven, enabling stigmergic behaviour and "organic" effectiveness.


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Counter-commodification: The Economy of Contribution in the Digital Commons

Counter-commodification: The Economy of Contribution in the Digital Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This is an article about digital production and the crisis of capitalism. It is about production in the digital commons and its implications for the building of alternatives to a commodified world.
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BitHub Pays Open-Source Developers in Bitcoin

BitHub Pays Open-Source Developers in Bitcoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Privacy software provider WhisperSystems has announced that it is integrating bitcoin with open-source code hosting site GitHub to launch a new service, Bithub. This service will offer the company’s developers an easy and fair way to fund their work on its open-source security systems.

 
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Category:Business Models - P2P Foundation

Category:Business Models - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This category is for P2P business models. Articles should emphasize P2P dynamics.

 
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The time has come to socialize social media as the public utilities that they are!

The time has come to socialize social media as the public utilities that they are! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Social media services can ultimately be run as public utilities, ad-free, at cost, in a democratic spirit and for social ends, in their enormous variety—or else digital society can become ever more subservient to the single end of the accumulation of private capital. The choice is between social life as an advertising platform and socialized social media.

 
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The Time Value of Money Tokens - An Idea Past its Use by Date

The Time Value of Money Tokens - An Idea Past its Use by Date | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The idea that money tokens have a time value is deeply embedded in economic thinking and analysis. It has arisen because most money tokens are created with interest immediately payable. It is an idea that should be abandoned. When new money tokens are created the tokens should be interest free. Money tokens become interest bearing after they are exchanged for assets of value.

 
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Apertus - open source cinema Project/Software/Hardware Introduction - YouTube

Apertus - open source cinema http://www.apertus.org Camera Prototype Introduction Covered Topics: 

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Nielsen, M.: Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science. (eBook, Paper and Cloth)

Nielsen, M.: Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science. (eBook, Paper and Cloth) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In Reinventing Discovery, Michael Nielsen argues that we are living at the dawn of the most dramatic change in science in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by powerful new cognitive tools, enabled by the internet, which are greatly accelerating scientific discovery. There are many books about how the internet is changing business or the workplace or government. But this is the first book about something much more fundamental: how the internet is transforming the nature of our collective intelligence and how we understand the world.

 
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Like Legos? You'll Love LittleBits - Mashable

Like Legos? You'll Love LittleBits - Mashable | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

littleBits is an open-source library of color-coded electronic modules — miniscule circuit boards with specific functions, such as light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, motors and more — that snap together via tiny magnets in order to make larger circuits. There is no programming, wiring or soldering.

 
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Humans, Machines and Collective Intelligence - ...

Humans, Machines and Collective Intelligence - ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Tom Malone gave a very interesting talk on collective intelligence at the IBM Cognitive Systems Colloquium which I recently attended and wrote about.
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Edouard Siekierski's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:56 AM

The studies measured the individual IQs of each of the participants, and found that group intelligence was only moderately correlated with the average and maximum intelligence of the individual group members.

But, they did find three group attributes that were statistically significant factors in predicting how well each group will do on a wide range of tasks.  One was the average social sensitivity and perceptiveness of the group, that is, the ability of group members to read each other’s emotions.

They also found that groups in which a few people dominated the conversation did not perform as well as those groups where speaking and contributions were more evenly distributed.

Finally, the studies found that collective intelligence positively correlated with the proportion of women in the group, most likely because women generally score higher in social perceptiveness tests.

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The year of Snowden - Buenos Aires Herald

The year of Snowden - Buenos Aires Herald | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


In addition, the leaks have shown how spy agencies are hacking into the computers of friendly governments and covertly infiltrating civilian telecommunications infrastructure in allied nations.

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The Bitcoin Ideology - NYTimes.com

The Bitcoin Ideology - NYTimes.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

IF you’ve only recently tuned in to the seemingly endless conversation about bitcoin, you could be forgiven for thinking that the digital currency is little more than the latest Wall Street fetish or a juiced-up version of PayPal. After all, so many headlines in the last few weeks have focused on its market price and the cool stuff you can get with it: Bitcoin breaks $1,000! Bitcoin plunges by a half! Bitcoin has a banner Black Friday! Use bitcoin to buy a ride on Richard Branson’s starship!

 
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When Privacy is Treason - CounterPunch

When Privacy is Treason - CounterPunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


This is reaching back to the origin of 'privacy' in English common law: an essential adjunct to a citizen's privileged Private Property.

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Unleashing the Velocity of Money

Unleashing the Velocity of Money | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I recently read a pre-release manuscript that has since been published.Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity is easily the best book I have read this year. Financial systems and currencies are not new topical areas for me but I was pleasantly surprised and then outraged with what I learned from some case studies in this new release by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne. Many of you reading are already familiar with the Chiemgauer, Brixton pound, and other alternative, local currencies in operation right now in the US, Germany, UK, and elsewhere. We are also regularly informed that a solution to long-term economic stagnation is to go back to gold-backed currency and that devaluation is primarily attributed to the floating currency policies initiated in the 1960s and 70s. However, these authors convincingly argue otherwise with both startling historical precedents and emergent strategies taking place in the present day.

 
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Review of “Networked” in Science And Public Policy | Networked

Review of “Networked” in Science And Public Policy | Networked | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman are two outstanding researchers on the topics of the internet and the social changes triggered by information and communication technologies (ICT). The work carried out by Rainie at the Pew Research Center and by Wellman at the University of Toronto is well known in academic circles concerned with the network society. Those who are exposed to, and closely follow, the changes arising from the network society may know these two authors particularly well, since they are indeed both generators and analysts of new trends in cyberspace.

 
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David Graeber & Barbara Jacobson on: Unconditional Basic Income - YouTube

What is a Unconditional Basic Income? What effect would it have on society? How can we achieve it?
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