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on peer-to-peer dynamics in politics, the economy and organizations
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Spark.io Hackers Make An Open-Source Nest Thermostat | TechCrunch

Spark.io Hackers Make An Open-Source Nest Thermostat | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Sure it's not made of metal nor did it convince Google to give its creators billions of dollars, but dammit if this isn't a cool hack. The folks at Spark.io,.. (Make a $3.2b product in a day. Heroku for hardware is here.
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Book of the Day: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

Book of the Day: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“In Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, authors Evan D.G. Fraser and Andrew Rimas examine current problems with the global food system by taking a look at examples from world history. The authors, who previously wrote Beef: The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World, show the reader how current problems in the food system and the environment are not unique to today’s world, but are similar to problems faced by civilizations throughout history. Fraser and Rimas examine how both governments and individuals in modern times are repeating the same mistakes that caused the downfall of some of the most powerful empires in history.

 
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Money, Market, Value and the Commons

Here is a video of a conversation that took place at the edges of the Economics and the Commons Conference in Berlin in May 2013. The participants are Gwendolyn Hallsmith, city planning director in Vermont and author of “Creating Wealth”, Pat Conaty, a research fellow of the New Economics Foundation in London, Anne Snick, who works with Flora, a network of expertise on gender, sustainability and integrated economics in Belgium, and Handro Sangkoyo of the School of Democratic Economics in Indonesia.

 
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What is The Extraenvironmentalist Podcast?

What is The Extraenvironmentalist Podcast? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It is also a podcast, blog and video series that explores the mindset of an outsider looking in on Earth. Such an outsider would be immediately struck by how unsustainable our social, environmental and economic systems are and would promote awareness of this problem while proposing alternatives.

 
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The Sharing Economy is Steeped in Ethical Controversy - SocialTimes

The Sharing Economy is Steeped in Ethical Controversy - SocialTimes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Many hail the sharing economy as the new economy, but like any economy there are dark sides.
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The promise of social media - Demos Quarterly

The promise of social media - Demos Quarterly | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For the past year the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos has been working on a new way of listening to people – what they think, feel, care about and fear – on social media. Carl Millerexplains that the rise of ‘social media science’ could transform research and policy making.

 
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Heritable Innovation Trust - an alternative to the intellectual property system

Heritable Innovation Trust - an alternative to the intellectual property system | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Heritable Innovation Trust (H.I.T.) is framework developed as an alternative to the intellectual property system that is held under contract law, giving it a more flexible structure to allow for the consideration of innovations with communal stewardship and adapted over time. By operating under contract law and with an end-user-license agreement, the H.I.T. does not have the same jurisdictional limitations that patent, copyright, or trademark filings do. H.I.T. teams are invited to companies and communities around the globe to become experts on the culture and innovations of their hosts all of which is then documented into the trust repository that exists both in book form and as an online database.

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▶ Interview mit Prof. Dr. Michael Hudson (University of Missouri, Kansas City) zur Finanzkrise - YouTube

Interesting conversation / interview with Michael Hudson which provides parallels between today and the end of the Roman Empire. Well worth listening to. 
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Toward a Critical Integral Theory - P2P Foundation

Toward a Critical Integral Theory - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The central concern of this article is how the search for formal structures with universal values functions ideologically, addressing Zizek’s claim that East-West syntheses may represent the dominant ideology par excellance of global capitalism. To this end, the article offers a Foucaultian genealogy of Integral theory, tracing its origins to the cultural and subjective contingencies of the British Empire, primarily in the work of Integral theory’s foundational thinker, Aurobindo Ghose. 

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Shareable's 2013 Year in Review

Shareable's 2013 Year in Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In 2013, Shareable switched gears. While we're best known for our online magazine, we have a long history of convening the sharing community. And in 2013, we ramped up our on the ground, community organizing work significantly.

 

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Commotion 1.0 mesh networking toolkit makes neighborhood networks easy to build

Commotion 1.0 is an open-source toolkit that provides users software and training materials to adapt mobile phones, computers, and other wireless devices to create decentralized mesh networks so they can connect and share local services.

 
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For the Regeneration of a social-labour movement from the base for emancipation

For the Regeneration of a social-labour movement from the base for emancipation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The “state of illegality”, into which labour struggles and social spaces of resistance have fallen, doesn’t only consist of the direct and autocratic attacks of the state, but also the formation of a wide area of “grey rights ” where wage labour is unprotected in a “state of exception”.

 
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Going beyond Wilber's enclosure of the Integral Commons

By “after Wilber” I mean that the sun has set on Wilber’s project in a number of ways, at least as a practical and intellectual project. It may carry on as a religious institution, which is beyond my concern for it. The “Wyatt Earp” episode should have made this obvious to anyone concerned why this is so, if it wasn’t clear to them before this.

 
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Intelligence-Based Design: A Sustainable Foundation for Worldwide Architectural Education (publication)

Intelligence-Based Design: A Sustainable Foundation for Worldwide Architectural Education (publication) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Architectural theory as currently taught in modern universities throughout the world no longer provides a plausible basis for the discipline and practice of architecture. Students studying within this model are left to their own inventions if they hope to gain an architectural degree. Forced to formulate a body of work constrained by the paradigm of contemporary design, students learn to copy fashionable images without understanding their geometry; or simply invent forms that look as if they possess a contemporary sense of architecture.

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Recent Landmarks in the Growing Commons Movement

Recent Landmarks in the Growing Commons Movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As long as human societies exist, so do the commons, embodied in very diverse social practices. As form of governance, they have endured longer than any State in human history. Nonetheless, the current rise of the commons is everything but something we can take for granted. While it is unclear if the commons will actually evolve into a powerful meme, in this very instance, as you are reading – it is going from eye to eye and from brain to brain competing for space in our memories and for the chance to be copied again and again, as memes do. And the more the commons turns into a meme, the more energies will be shifted towards co-creating a commons framework –that is, an ecology, where freedom, fairness and planet Earth’s future converge.


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[ Episode #63 // Next US Revolution ]

[ Episode #63 // Next US Revolution ] | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We speak with Gar Alperovitz about his new book What Then Must We Do and from Stefano Zagmani and Vera Zagmani about the civil economy.
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Seth's Blog: Accuracy, resilience and denial

Seth's Blog: Accuracy, resilience and denial | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Accuracy is the most rewarding way to deal with what will happen tomorrow--if you predict correctly. Accuracy rewards those that put all their bets on one possible outcome. The thing is, accuracy requires either a significant investment of time and money, or inside information (or luck, but that's a different game entirely). Without a reason to believe that you've got better information than everyone else, it's hard to see how you can be confident that this is a smart bet.

 
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The untapped potential of buying social

The untapped potential of buying social | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As demand for ethical products grows, consumers are also keener to support social change through their purchases, says Cecilia Crossley ("Did you 'buy social' this christmas?
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Development: Time to leave GDP behind

Development: Time to leave GDP behind | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Gross domestic product is a misleading measure of national success. Countries should act now to embrace new metrics, urge Robert Costanza and colleagues.
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An interesting look at how we measure development.

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Dogecoin, Coinye West and the rise of statement cryptocurrencies (Wired UK)

Dogecoin, Coinye West and the rise of statement cryptocurrencies (Wired UK) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are moving into an era where the currency we use be a conscious, active, even activist decision, a value statement based on who we are and what we need, argues Carl Miller, Research Director at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at think tankDemos. Follow him on Twitter at @carljackmiller

  
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Conceiving a Social Market - P2P Foundation

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"When the financial crisis of 2008 exposed, in all its depressing detail, the utter falseness of the free market doctrine, no one could be blamed for expecting some measure of reform to follow. So extensive was the damage done, and so extravagant the fraud and the greed that drove it, that the public demand for reform and retribution rose to a pitch not heard in generations. It seemed a moment of reckoning had arrived. Heads would surely roll. Yet neither oversight nor accountability ensued for those responsible for driving the global economy into a crisis from which it may never recover. If anything, the concentration of power and the influence of capital over public policy have grown.

 
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Lost Tradition of Biblical Debt Cancellations - P2P Foundation

Lost Tradition of Biblical Debt Cancellations - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"THE once-glowing core body of law within the Judeo-Christian Bible has become all but ignored - indeed, rejected - by the colder temper of our times. This core provided for periodic restoration of economic order by rituals of social renewal based on freedom from debt-servitude and from the loss of one's access to self-support on the land. So central to Israelite moral values was this tradition that it framed the composition of both the Old and New Testaments.

 
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Out in the Open: An NSA-Proof Twitter, Built With Code From Bitcoin and BitTorrent | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Out in the Open: An NSA-Proof Twitter, Built With Code From Bitcoin and BitTorrent | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Miguel Freitas has built a more secure and robust alternative to Twitter, making use of code from two other massively successful online projects: bitcoin and BitTorrent.
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Exploring the intersection of design, social innovation and public policy

“This book edited by Ezio Manzini and Eduardo Staszowski documents and presents some reflections on efforts of DESIS Labs in Europe, Canada, and the United States that are participating in the Public and Collaborative Thematic Cluster. It includes 11 articles that present from a critical perspective the labs’ projects and activities during the 2012-2013 period. The book opens with Christian Bason’s paper, Discovering Co-production by Design. In this paper Bason, Director of Denmark’s MindLab, proposes a broad view of how design is entering the public realm and the policymaking processes. His essay offers updated and stimulating context for the entire book.”


 

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Permablitz: converting lawns into organic food-producing gardens

Permablitz: converting lawns into organic food-producing gardens | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The permablitz network is currently entirely volunteer, and based on the principle of reciprocity. Most people come to blitzes because they are fun and you learn something. However, once you’ve been to a few blitzes, we can help you organise one where you live.This site is based in Melbourne, Australia. It is set up to facilitate others to get permablitzes happening and to document permablitzes to date as a resource for others. There are permablitz networks starting elsewhere, so if you live outside Melbourne contact us and we’ll try to put you in contact, or we can help you be the one to get them off the ground where you live.” (www.permablitz.net/content/view/1/27/)

 
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