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This Is What It Looks Like When You Realize How Toxic Your Job Is And You Do Something About It

This Is What It Looks Like When You Realize How Toxic Your Job Is And You Do Something About It | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

But the reason it spread so fast is because, as I alluded to above, the Gift Economy changes the entire business relationship. Instead of a situation where the client is skeptical and fears getting ripped off because they don’t understand web design and yet are being asked for a 50% deposit up front, causing the client to argue for the lowest possible bid to lower their risk, the Gift Economy places all the risk on me. I built many of my websites this year without any deposit at all, and when I was finished I turned the entire site over to the client 100%. Always, and without any strings attached.

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Can icecairo sustain a maker movement in Egypt, with government help? - Wamda

Can icecairo sustain a maker movement in Egypt, with government help? - Wamda | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since it launched this past November, co-working space icecairo is building a reputation for being one of the few places that Egypt’s entrepreneurs can go to build products and innovate sustainable concepts. Under the guidance of Mohammed Radwan, a self-described “vagabond” industrial engineer, and his co-founder Adam Molineux-Berry, the long-time director of Cairo’s Design Emporium, the space hopes to "solve environmental and social challenges” despite the financial challenges of being an independent organization in today’s Egypt.

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George Takei on the Sharing Economy

George Takei on the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
George Takei chats with Michael Buckley about Airbnb, Lyft, and all that's unique and interesting when it comes to the sharing economy … Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
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The Sharing Economy and the Shape of Regulation | Pasha's ...

The Sharing Economy and the Shape of Regulation | Pasha's ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Consider the plight of Lyft, now required under the proposed decision of California’s Public Utilities Commission(“CPUC”) to comply with a long list of regulatory requirements affecting occasional drivers driving their own cars professionally adorned with a big pink mustache.  The Attorney General of New York, focusing on possible violations of law, has subpoened records for airbnb site users.   Will the emerging chef, who cooks in her own kitchen for paying Feastly guests, soon have to deal with the county health department?

 
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The shared economy's growth spurt - Christian Science Monitor

The shared economy's growth spurt - Christian Science Monitor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Why go through the trouble and expense of renting a car or booking a hotel room when your smart phone can quickly connect you with someone nearby who’ll rent you a room or a car faster and cheaper?

 
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Ridesharing Companies a New Driver of Shared Economy - Millionaire Corner

Ridesharing Companies a New Driver of Shared Economy - Millionaire Corner | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In this recent manifestation of the so-called sharing, or on-demand, economy, services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are the 21st century equivalent of the old school community ride board in which thumbtack-affixed index cards soliciting fellow travelers or carpoolers are being replaced by ride-share smartphone apps that offer passengers an alternative to taxis and limos, connecting passengers and private drivers with the click of a button.


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Contributoria's founders talk about why they are building an open community ... - GigaOM

Contributoria's founders talk about why they are building an open community ... - GigaOM | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Contributoria, a new site backed by Guardian Media Group, is an attempt to build an open community that allows journalists to collaborate on and crowdfund high-quality journalism. Co-founders Matt McAlister and Sarah Hartley talked with Gigaom about why they built it.

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Content Discovery Tools by Robin Good | ZEEF

Content Discovery Tools by Robin Good | ZEEF | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Where do you find new valuable content for your area of interest? Here a few selected tools that can help you out.
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Latest Articles on workerscontrol.net | workerscontrol.net

Latest Articles on workerscontrol.net | workerscontrol.net | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This site aims to be a virtual open library for the collection and access to documentation and theoretical essays on past and current experiences of workers’ control. The fact that workers have at different times and in different geographical locations taken control, often spontaneously, of their work environment and started production, has a political and theoretical relevance that transcends the workplace and the organisation of production, configuring an alternative way of governing societies. 
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Will Digital Networks Ruin Us? - New York Times

Will Digital Networks Ruin Us? - New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The most important book I read in 2013 was Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?” Though it was published in May, I came to it late in the year. But this turned out to be fortuitous timing. With unemployment seemingly stalled out at around 7 percent in the aftermath of the Great Recession, with the leak of thousands of National Security Agency documents making news almost daily, with the continuing stories about the erosion of privacy in the digital economy, “Who Owns the Future?” puts forth a kind of universal theory that ties all these things together. It also puts forth some provocative, unconventional ideas for ensuring that the inevitable dominance of software in every corner of society will be healthy instead of harmful.

 

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The End Of The Line For Freemium File Sharing? - Forbes

The End Of The Line For Freemium File Sharing? - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Technology firms looking to enter a market space and unseat incumbent vendors with strong existing relationships to customers have long adopted a bottom-up freemium approach. Essentially the theory goes that if you make a product that is easy enough to both deploy and use, and you make that product free (at least initially) you’ll see significant numbers of end users adopting the product. The door is then open (or so the theory goes) to use that existing relationship as a lever to paid use of the product. It’s been a reliable strategy for Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors for going-on a decade now. And the strategy has had some notable successes – a case in point being Yammer whose freemium model scored them massive usage and a $1B plus price tag when Microsoft MSFT +0.77% acquired them.

 
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This Is Lateral Power - YouTube

What happens when an Internet revolution merges with a renewable energy revolution? Jeremy Rifkin, author of 19 books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment and adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, speaks about a new Third Industrial Revolution - one based on a distributed, lateral power. The result may just be a sustainable world.

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Michael Hohenwarter's curator insight, January 8, 2014 4:18 PM

The concept of lateral power - it`s the opposite of hirachical power. Rifkin puts it in the context of energy and the internet...the gateway to a sustainable future!

Josef Kreitmayer's curator insight, January 22, 2014 4:59 PM

Heute mit jemandem aus Spanien gesprochen. Dort hat das Internet eine völlig neue Umgangsweise mit Nachrichten, und der Lage entwickelt. Vor kurzem leisteten die Bürger*innen einiger Städte gemeinsam "Widerstand" um die Bürger*innen einer Stadt zu unterstützen, in ihrem Kampf, um ein teures Parkgaragen-Projekt zu verhindern, das nur wenigen, diesen aber viel, Nutzen gebracht hätte.

sehr interessant.

http://madrid.tomalaplaza.net/
Tomalaplaza ist eine Vernetzungsseite, wo sich einzelnen Regionen Spaniens unabhängig voneinander an einem Platz finden und kommunizieren, was sich in ihren Bewegungen tut.

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Continued Commitment to Open Innovation- Deliver New Products, Services and Business Models Though Co-Development | Innovation Management

Continued Commitment to Open Innovation- Deliver New Products, Services and Business Models Though Co-Development | Innovation Management | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Content for both the seasoned OI practitioner who has their processes in place as well as those who are just beginning their OI journey. Keynote presentations, case studies, interactive panel sessions and Q&A with top experts and advanced practitioners from Pfizer, 3M, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, WD-40, MIT and many others. Join CoDev2014, the longest running conference forum focused solely on providing innovation practitioners with the latest trends in open innovation and multiple opportunities to connect and network with top experts.

 
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▶ Looking for the mother of all causes - Etienne Chouard X TED - Sortition, Democracy and Constitution - YouTube

In 2005, before the European referundum, while teaching economics and law, Etienne Chouard looked closely to the draft version of the European Constitution. What he discovered changed him forever. He woke up, policatilly. Since then, and independently from any political organizations, he warns us against our apathy, denounces our responsibility and wants to restore the true meaning of democracy. His motto : a Constitution written by citizens and representatives selected by sortition.

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This Machine Can 3-D Scan Your Insides In A Single Heartbeat

This Machine Can 3-D Scan Your Insides In A Single Heartbeat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
You've never seen your organs like this before.
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Who is the real sharing economy? - Resilience.org

Who is the real sharing economy? - Resilience.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Yesterday Matthew Yglesias of Slate posted, “There Is No ‘Sharing Economy.’” Well, he’s a little late to the party beating that dead horse. His story’s punch line, an old one, is basically that the sharing economy isn’t sharing, it’s renting (a la Airbnb, Zipcar, etc.), so the term “sharing economy” should die.

 
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SF-Startup Munchery Uses Sharing Economy To Make Fresh, Home-Delivered Meals Affordable

SF-Startup Munchery Uses Sharing Economy To Make Fresh, Home-Delivered Meals Affordable | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last November, Munchery had six chefs, cooking a total of 1000 items each week for about 80 customers each night with a team of five drivers. One year later, they have grown 10x in every area and sell 3000 items daily.

 
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New 'sharing economy' offers opportunities, pitfalls - HeraldNet

New 'sharing economy' offers opportunities, pitfalls - HeraldNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Have you seen the cars with the pink fuzzy mustaches driving around town?


No, these are not the latest fad in auto accessories; it is the brand identifier for the ride-sharing service Lyft. Unlike traditional taxi services, Lyft allows virtually anyone to use their personal car to make money offering local rides.

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BITCOIN: THE SEXIEST NON-SOLUTION OF ALL TIME - Liberty News On Line

BITCOIN: THE SEXIEST NON-SOLUTION OF ALL TIME - Liberty News On Line | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Toward the end of 2009, I was approached on two separate occasions by people claiming to be “representatives” of a digital alternative currency format. I was intrigued by the initial proposal, being that I had been writing for some time on the concept of non-participation as a way to insulate average Americans from the dangers of our unstable, fiat-driven mainstream economy. Before that, I had already dealt with just about every currency alternative one could imagine: from paper scripts backed by goods, to scripts backed by time or labor, to gold- and silver-laden currency cards, etc. All of them had the advantage of not relying on private Federal Reserve notes, and all of them had flaws as well. The proposed digital script, which the representatives called “Bitcoin,” was no different.

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Bitcoin me: How to make your own digital currency - The Guardian

Bitcoin me: How to make your own digital currency - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Bitcoin was never intended to be the one cryptocurrency to rule them all, because anyone can make their own version of it. The code which underpins the currency is released under what's known as an open-source licence. Anyone can use it themselves, and alter any aspect they want, in order to create a whole new currency.

 
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The dead-end of business enterpreneurs' bottom-up strategies ?

“The flow of information heralding the rise of entrepreneurial and P2P ventures is increasing. I take no issue about persons using this route for survival or for providing services for immediate needs. But, the unquestioned assumption that this is a bottom-up process eventually leading to a just and sustainable global humankind may be dangerously naive. IMO it is activity that will remain at the bottom. Bottom-up requires UPLIFT.

 

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‘Who Owns the Future?’ by Jaron Lanier

‘Who Owns the Future?’ by Jaron Lanier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The computer scientist Jaron Lanier provides insights on technology in his new book, “Who Owns the Future?”
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2 Reasons Facebook Will Outperform Twitter in 2014 - DailyFinance

2 Reasons Facebook Will Outperform Twitter in 2014 - DailyFinance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over daily movements, we do like to keep an eye on market changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

 

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There's finally proof that corporate America's self-esteem is all about the money - Quartz

There's finally proof that corporate America's self-esteem is all about the money - Quartz | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The importance we place on money affects our lives in myriad ways, from where we live to the kind of job we choose to the amount of time we spend on work or leisure.Conventional wisdom—as well as economic theory—says the more of something we have, the less of it we want, but that’s not the case with money, where more is rarely enough. 
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Us Now - Internet Documentary - YouTube

Us Now takes a look at how this type of participation could transform the way that countries are governed. It tells the stories of the online networks whose radical self-organising structures threaten to change the fabric of government forever.

  
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Thought provoking- participation in online networks threaten to change the fabric of government