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Reframing the Commonwealth: Commercial or Civic ?

“What do we really want from the businesses in our communities? Jobs? Affordable products? Safe workplaces? Good wages? Donations? Happiness? Perhaps we first need to ask: what kind of community do we want? Can we say we want our community to be wealthy—to enjoy a common wealth? And what would that entail? We can use Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum’s (2011) definition of human development to answer that question. They propose that human development can be measured by the capacity of a community’s members to acquire what they have reason to value. People may disagree about what that would include, but in general, it would at least include security, significant relationships, possibilities for self-development, and some control over one’s existence. If we did understand common wealth in this way, then what would be the role of business, and of business ethics, in such a community?

 
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Crown Bolt Seeking New Hardware Inventions

Crown Bolt Seeking New Hardware Inventions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Crown Bolt is committed to open innovation. They actively look towards independent inventors for new products. To assist in this objective, InventionHome has partnered with executives at Crown Bolt to reach out to the inventor community for hardware relate … …

 
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JOIN THE SHARING ECONOMY: The Gen Y guide to collaborative consumption - Global Net 21

When our parents graduated from college, the bachelor’s degree was a coveted badge of honour. It gave applicants instant cred (and usually a larger pay cheque) no matter what the job. Now, having a bachelor’s degree does nothing to make an applicant stand out from the masses. And if you’re applying for a job well below your skill level because you’re desperate for a pay cheque, that B.S. degree will probably get your carefully crafted resume tossed in the trash.

 
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Project of the Day: the People’s Food Plan Process in Australia

Project of the Day: the People’s Food Plan Process in Australia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Inspired by the example of the People’s Food Policy Project in Canada (2008-2011), last year we launched the People’s Food Plan process, Australia’s first grassroots and open-sourced food policy initiative. With the help of 600 people in 40 public forums around the country, we began to articulate a vision and a strategy for a food system grounded in principles of fairness, resilience, true sustainability, and democracy: a food system grounded in the principles of the growing global movement for food sovereignty.”

 
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▶ A Pattern To The Maze - YouTube

It would be hard to argue that the environmental movement, which began in earnest in the 1960s, and despite several successes in the 1970s, has failed. Today, the Clean Water Act has been ignored with fracking, Fukushima is releasing millions of gallons of radioactive water into the ocean with no end in sight, countries are racing to begin drilling in the arctic which is only possible because of the warming planet. 

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Developed on Hackaday: First Version of the Hardware

Developed on Hackaday: First Version of the Hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Next in our Developed on Hackaday series, we present the first version of our schematics. There’s already been a lot of discussions going on in our dedicated Google group, mainly about the project’s basic functionality. Because our firmware developers wanted to get to work, we decided to send the first version of our hardware into production a few days ago. Before going through the schematics, let’s review the required list of the mooltipass’s core components:

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Notes from Open Source Business Models, with Jim Whitehurst

Notes from Open Source Business Models, with Jim Whitehurst | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jim Whitehurst is the President and CEO of Redhat. Coming from the airline industry, he took the torch from a line of successful CEOs and scaled it beyond its Linux business. His talk was mainly focused around successful business models around open sourced software. There was a hint of evangelism for open sourcing technology in his message, but he’s certainly preaching to the choir with me.

 
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▶ Join us in building the Sharing Cities Network - YouTube

▶ Join us in building the Sharing Cities Network - YouTube | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Imagine a city where everyone's needs are met because people make the personal choice to share. Where everyone can create meaningful livelihoods. Where fresh, local food is available to all. Where affordable housing and shared transportation are abundant. Where the people decide how the city budget is spent. Where the people own the utilities and the banks, and even create their own currencies. Imagine a city where the more we share, the more we have.

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The Two Cases for Amnesty for Snowden

The Two Cases for Amnesty for Snowden | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Why should Edward Snowden be given amnesty? The question keeps coming up, but it can be hard to hear the answers amid the outbursts it provokes. That is a shame, because there are really two separate cases for why Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who passed a huge stash of secret documents to reporters, should be allowed to come back to America from Russia, where he has been since the summer, without facing time in jail. One case might be summed up as the good he has done for America, and the other as the benefits he can still offer the government. A problem is that those who support one may be put off, or even enraged, by the other. But, between them, they ought to be enough to get Snowden home safely.

  
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Video: Eszter Hargittai on “Digital Natives or Digital Naives? The Role of Skill in Internet Use” (CNI Plenary Presentation) | LJ INFOdocket

Video: Eszter Hargittai on “Digital Natives or Digital Naives? The Role of Skill in Internet Use” (CNI Plenary Presentation) | LJ INFOdocket | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Based on original data, the talk considers disparities in people’s Web use skills and how skills relate to what people do online. Those who know how to navigate the Web’s vast landscape can reap significant benefits from it. In contrast, those who lack online abilities may have a harder time dealing with certain logistics of everyday life, may miss out on opportunities and may also obtain incorrect information from unreliable sources or come to rely on unsubstantiated rumors.

 
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How to Occupy the Noosphere – TedX

How to Occupy the Noosphere – TedX | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Many know the Guy Fawkes mask from the hacker group Anonymous, or the protests on Occupy Wall St. How does the face of a 17th century revolutionary end up as the most recognizable symbol of protest in the 21st?
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Coworking Spaces Use Alternative Currencies To Magnify Community

Coworking Spaces Use Alternative Currencies To Magnify Community | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In order for sharing to be a successful alternative to the status quo, we need one important ingredient: people. Sharing requires a motivated, passionate community, whether physical or digital. 
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Interview: Uffe Elbæk on alternative politics | Jutland Station

Interview: Uffe Elbæk on alternative politics | Jutland Station | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Uffe Elbæk’s new party is a politician’s worst nightmare. Not only do Alternativet (The Alternative) have a radical green agenda, they’re proposing a complete rethink of how politics is done. They refuse to place themselves in Denmark’s political spectrum, question capitalism and the welfare state, and want to reach beyond politics into a mysterious ‘fourth sector’. With a somewhat clichéd name and apparent addiction to media buzzwords – ‘open source’, ‘network-based online platform’ and ‘dogmas’ are just a few – the party has taken just two weeks to utterly bewilder voters and the national media. Explaining themselves to the public will take a miracle."
 
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The 10 Most Fascinating And Provocative If Not Alarming Technology Trends - Forbes

The 10 Most Fascinating And Provocative If Not Alarming Technology Trends - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Every year-end is a time for reflection and looking forward.  And for generating lists of top tens — worst videos, greatest moments, best cars, biggest lies, etc.  My favorite lists involve technology, and in particular thinking about associated social, economic, cultural and ethical implications.

 
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Techstore's curator insight, December 21, 2013 12:58 PM

The 10 Most Fascinating And Provocative If Not Alarming Technology Trends

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5 Ways to Make Money with Open Source Hardware

5 Ways to Make Money with Open Source Hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ever wonder whether it's possible to build a company around products that can be freely copied, modified, and re-distributed by anybody else, anywhere else? By now it's clear that individuals and organizations can -- and regularly do -- make money with open source software. But, do the same rules of business and strategies for financial success apply to open source hardware?

 
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Open source vehicles get a green light with Tabby - opensource.com

Open source vehicles get a green light with Tabby - opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open hardware is gaining speed. The appetite for open source vehicles is growing. And while we may not have flying cars yet, we do have Tabby—an open source car design released byOpen Source Vehicle this October.

 
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Trend of the Day: Earth Law

Trend of the Day: Earth Law | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Around the world, we are seeing the emergence of creative alternatives to destructive economic paradigms. The good news is what is healthy for an ecosystem is also good for people: key ingredients are localization and regionalism. The best economic and environmentally sound solutions are place-based, diverse according to region, and are responsive to local communities and social needs. Instead of fearing a transition to an Earth Community Economy, we can support and enjoy local organic food, vibrant local businesses, a healthy local economy, jobs with justice and the development of clean decentralized energy. I’m not talking about utopias, but rather regenerative, functional, local communities.

 
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South Australia to Share its Way to Zero Waste

South Australia to Share its Way to Zero Waste | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What would a zero waste world look like? One dimension is efficient recycling. But to truly get to zero waste, you'd need to go beyond recycling into reduce and reuse.
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Sustainable Event Alliance's curator insight, January 10, 2014 8:46 PM

Love this. Let's see an entire destination move to Zero Waste. 

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Coworking Spaces Use Alternative Currencies To ...

Coworking Spaces Use Alternative Currencies To ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In order for sharing to be a successful alternative to the status quo, we need one important ingredient: people. Sharing requires a motivated, passionate community, whether physical or digital.
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design thinking: How can you get your “slice of cake” in the #sharing economy?

People are beginning to become aware of the fact that we need to use things instead of being in never ending competition in owning more and more stuff. And this new awareness has opened doors to new possibilities, new way of looking at things and doing things.
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Is Google redefining 'don't be evil'?

Is Google redefining 'don't be evil'? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Douglas Rushkoff says Google's recent acquisition of the military robot maker Boston Dynamics raises questions.
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Google Makes You Smarter, Facebook Makes You Happier, Selfies Make You A Better Person

Google Makes You Smarter, Facebook Makes You Happier, Selfies Make You A Better Person | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When you take a selfie, your soul is ripped away like meat off bone. You are a shell of a person, the selfie having captured the last life in your eyes. This, finally, is the deadening conclusion printed in the New York Times yesterday after our months of collective selfie obsession. “It does things to us,” author Sherry Turkle warns with a trembling finger, “changing not just what we do but who we are.”

 
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This Graph Shows How Likely It Is a Computer Will Take Your Job

This Graph Shows How Likely It Is a Computer Will Take Your Job | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
According to an Oxford report, 47% of jobs will be taken over by computers sooner than you might think.
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UN votes to protect privacy in digital age

UN votes to protect privacy in digital age | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age on Wednesday in the most vocal global criticism of U.S. eavesdropping.

 
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