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on peer-to-peer dynamics in politics, the economy and organizations
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Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. - Chicago Daily Herald

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. - Chicago Daily Herald | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
About 70 percent of U.S. offices have no or low partitions. Bosses love the "open-office" concept, but studies show distractions are lowering worker productivity.
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The 21st Commons

The 21st Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The dangerous situation developing between Mayor de Blasio & the NYPD provides an opportunity to explain why authority should be rotational to improve accountability. The behavior of the police turning their backs to the mayor in a hierarchical system is flagrantly insubordinate. I’ve thought quite a bit as a former Marine officer, how I would have handled such a situation if it had occurred under my watch. I’d have reacted the first time the NYPD turned their back on Mayor de Blasio in the hallway going to the slain officers’ bodies. My initial reaction was that I would never have walked through that hall with individuals who were behaving that way. I would have called the individual commanding the unit & demanded he/she clear the room of all those disrespectful & insubordinate individuals. I would have also demanded the names of each of the individuals & ordered them into my office the next day for an individual interview, where after having their time to air their grievances implied by that behavior, I would have dressed them down. The individuals were not only disrespecting Mr. de Blasio & the office of the mayor, but more to the point, the citizens of the city of New York. I would have made that clear to each individual & to the public. It would be important to punish any of the members of the unit who didn’t recognize their error. That is how a hierarchical leader would have to approach such a situation. In order to maintain the authority, the hierarch must punish insubordination without impunity. In a hierarchical system, without the position of authority respected, the authority loses its power to control, creating a vacuum that will be filled by someone who will maintain the authority. This is one inherent problem with hierarchical forms of authority.
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The Sharing Economy is Built on Trust and Provides Empowerment to Consumers - Tech Cocktail

The Sharing Economy is Built on Trust and Provides Empowerment to Consumers - Tech Cocktail | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Collaborative consumption, or the sharing economy, is creating micro-entrepreneurs, according to Muneeb Mushtaq in a recent appearance at a TEDx event.
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Google's Philosopher: Tech and the Nature of Identity

Google's Philosopher: Tech and the Nature of Identity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
One day this past September, Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, sat down with a group of experts in Madrid to begin publicly discussing how Google should respond to a recent, perplexing ruling by the European Union’s Court of Justice. In May, the court had declared that, in accordance with the European “right to be forgotten,” individuals within the E.U. should be able to prohibit Google and other search firms from linking to personal information that is “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive.”
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Is the Internet Losing the War for Net Neutrality? Stop Comcast from Taking over America, Act! | Liquid Think

Is the Internet Losing the War for Net Neutrality? Stop Comcast from Taking over America, Act! | Liquid Think | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The war for net neutrality has been raging on ever since Comcast started lobbying against the practice. The internet responded full-force, inciting over 4.7 Million comments to be filed to the FCC since March, and over 2 MILLION people taking action on September 10th, the day of the Internet Slowdown– a very important date to keep in mind in this Cyber War.

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15 Education Predictions for 2015 - NPR (blog)

15 Education Predictions for 2015 - NPR (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Educators, politicians, a student and even U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan weigh in on what the new year may bring. Tell us your own education predictions with #EdPredictions.
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Marc Andreessen on Finance: ‘We Can Reinvent the Entire Thing’

Marc Andreessen on Finance: ‘We Can Reinvent the Entire Thing’ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Twitter. Facebook. AirBnB. Marc Andreessen, co-founder of the $4.2 billion venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has backed them all -- along with dozens of others. His latest project? Upending finance.
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Scary Smart Video Predicts Automation Will Make Human Work Obsolete

Scary Smart Video Predicts Automation Will Make Human Work Obsolete | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you've ever scoffed at the notion of robots one day taking your job, you probably shouldn't watch this very scary video.
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Public Employment as a Civic Common Pool - P2P Foundation

Public Employment as a Civic Common Pool - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The only hindrance to a work system that could include everyone who needs or wish to work, the only obstacle to an economic system that could distribute wealth, is the public work assigned for life. Public temporary jobs activate an harmonic social rotation.

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Multitude Project: The stateless economy and the local aconomy

Multitude Project: The stateless economy and the local aconomy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Multitude movement enters a new era, where its processes can be supported by truly p2p infrastructuresBitcoin is now a well-known symbol of a new breed of value exchange systems, called cryptocurrencies, money without the bank, stateless money, a new currency that looks and feels like your ATM card, but it is entirely decentralized, under the control of those who use it.

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Fair Trade Sweatshops? | Democracy Uprising

Fair Trade Sweatshops? | Democracy Uprising | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When confronted with the reality that so many of our garments are produced under abysmal working conditions, the first question on many consumers’ lips is: ‘Where can I buy clothes that weren’t made in sweatshops?’
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Samantha Groen's curator insight, March 18, 2015 2:51 PM

I loved this article. This article should be shown in class. The person who wrote this wanted to change the way people think about purchasing from companies regarding sweatshops. They focus on instead of asking "Where can I get clothes that weren't made in sweatshops?" they want people to start asking "How can I persuade companies to do more to improve the conditions of the workers on the ground?" So instead of focusing on buying elsewhere they are redirecting the though to doing something better for the people who are already working. 

 

If more people thought this way then maybe companies can be persuaded to do better. Instead of customers looking for another brand they can help to build an even better brand. The hope is that people will stretch beyond their beliefs that if what they are buying or wearing is better for social reasons or environmental reasons that they don't have to do anything else about it. Just buying well is not enough. The more people who help the closer we will be to change.

 

I agree wholeheartedly with these thoughts. 

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Should we fight the system or be the change? - Waging Nonviolence

Should we fight the system or be the change? - Waging Nonviolence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It is an old question in social movements: Should we fight the system or “be the change we wish to see”? Should we push for transformation within existing institutions, or should we model in our own lives a different set of political relationships that might someday form the basis of a new society?
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Man: Our sad history

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A horrible graphic illustration of our history, but sadly all too true. Music: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg. Sacred Economics The Story of Stuff Post-crash economics On Writing ...
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Documentaries Extraordinaire: the 12 Best and Most Powerful of 2014 - AlterNet

Documentaries Extraordinaire: the 12 Best and Most Powerful of 2014 - AlterNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

6) The Internet's Own Boy:If “The Social Network” plays like a typical story of today’s technocracy -- one in which a young upstart uses his brilliance in service of gaining wealth and power -- “The Internet’s Own Boy” is the inversion of that story, an exception that, sadly, proves the rule. Aaron Swartz was an Internet pioneer whose love for computers and genius led him to develop an early version of Wikipedia at age 12; help create RSS at 14; in partnership with Lawrence Lessig, develop Creative Commons at 15; and by 19, co-found and sell Reddit for a small fortune. But instead of continuing to increase his personal wealth, Swartz turned to political activism, pushing for progressive policy change and fighting to keep the Internet an open, free source of information. “The Internet’s Own Boy” traces Swartz’s far-too-short life, from precocious young computer prodigy to government-pursued hacktivist. The film is a startling story of a talented visionary who, facing punishment that suggests the government decided to make a example of him at any cost, killed himself at just 26 years old.

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Occupy the Bookstore: a Chrome Plugin for Finding Cheaper Textbooks - Big Think (blog)

Occupy the Bookstore: a Chrome Plugin for Finding Cheaper Textbooks - Big Think (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Occupy the Bookstore "overlays competitive market prices for textbooks directly on the college bookstore website," much to the chagrin of bookstore giant Follett.
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Orlando residents rent out homes, cars in 'sharing economy' - Orlando Sentinel

Orlando residents rent out homes, cars in 'sharing economy' - Orlando Sentinel | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Jamie Barrett's formal occupation is teacher. Less formally, she's an entrepreneur making money in the "sharing economy."
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Collective intelligence

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Collective intelligence exists as a natural property of the living, and it has become a new research discipline. This entry article will give you an overview.
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un point sur les intelligences collectives

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the different forms of collective intelligence

Swarm Collective IntelligenceOriginal Collective IntelligencePyramidal Collective IntelligenceHolomidal Collective IntelligenceCollective intelligence in the plant world
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Chinese Say Patents On the Way For Laser Metal 3D Printing In Space

Chinese Say Patents On the Way For Laser Metal 3D Printing In Space | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The process of exploring space brings with it a rigorous set of limitations and requirements. Among them is the fact that anything you'll need on the tri
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The Sharing Economy And The Future Of Finance - TechCrunch

The Sharing Economy And The Future Of Finance - TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Banking has gone from somewhere you go to something you do. If we are to believe that the sharing economy will shape our future, banking and all financial..
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Stop Liverpool City Council selling and destroying Walton Hall Park

Stop Liverpool City Council selling and destroying Walton Hall Park | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Liverpool City Council are trying to sell historic Walton Hall Park. To who? Greedy property developers who will trash the park, build a football stadium, tacky fast food outlets and retail. Locals...
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Can Agroecology Be Part of the Common Agriculture Policy?

Can Agroecology Be Part of the Common Agriculture Policy? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Arc2020 is helping develop agroecological communities around Europe using pre-existing support structures.
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Fascinating maps of how people connect in Istanbul, Baltimore, Barcelona and more

Fascinating maps of how people connect in Istanbul, Baltimore, Barcelona and more | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What do the social networks look like in your city or country? Dave Troy (TED Talk: Social maps that reveal a city’s intersections — and separations) crunches data to see places not as neighborhoods, but as relationships between people. With his PeopleMaps project, he groups people by whom they follow and talk to on Twitter, then works with local collaborators to analyze what those people talk about most. The result? Fascinating non-geographic maps of a region’s interests and communities.
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Owning Together Is the New Sharing

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A new breed of tech startups is putting shared ownership front and center.
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Can Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power Create the Next Occupy? | Democracy Uprising

Can Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power Create the Next Occupy? | Democracy Uprising | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Mostly, the work of social change is a slow process. It involves patiently building movement institutions, cultivating leadership, organizing campaigns and leveraging power to secure small gains. If you want to see your efforts produce results, it helps to have a long-term commitment.
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Design for a Living Planet - P2P Foundation

Design for a Living Planet - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"In this brief, accessible volume, the authors — an urban philosopher and a mathematician-physicist — explain the surprising new findings from the sciences that are beginning to transform environmental design in the modern era. Authors Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros explore fractals, networks, self-organization, dynamical systems and other revolutionary ideas, describing them to non-science readers in a direct and engaging way. The book also examines fascinating new topics of design, including Agile, Wiki, Design Patterns and other “open-source” approaches from the software world. The authors conclude that a profound transformation is under way in modern design — and today’s students and practitioners will need to be aware of its implications for our future."
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