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Indigenous farmers from Peru, China and Bhutan agree to share seeds for climate adaptation

Indigenous farmers from Peru, China and Bhutan agree to share seeds for climate adaptation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the spirit of the International Year of Family and Peasant Farming, indigenous mountain farmers from China, Bhutan and Peru have agreed to share seeds in an effort to cope with global climate change
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Re-decentralizing the internet: pieces of the puzzle for a real peer-to-peer net start to come together

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Re-decentralizing the internet: pieces of the puzzle for a real peer-to-peer net start to come together | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Redecentralize.org is an effort to find and promote projects that will help bring the internet back into its ‘native’ state, which is that of a decentralized, distributed network dominated by its users, not by central servers or grotesquely overgrown data silos.

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The odd psychology of the compassionate crowd – Michael Bond – Aeon

The odd psychology of the compassionate crowd – Michael Bond – Aeon | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Crowds aren’t really crazed – they are made of highly co-operative individuals driven to shared interests and goals
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Online Preparatory Meeting for the ‘Organizing Digital Labour and Digital Labour Organizing Workshop’ at Global Solidarity Conference | Networked Labour

Online Preparatory Meeting for the ‘Organizing Digital Labour and Digital Labour Organizing Workshop’ at Global Solidarity Conference | Networked Labour | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Preparatory and test call for planning the ‘Organizing digital labour & digital labour organizing’ workshop. The actual workshop is being planned to take place in Berlin between 23-25 May 2014, during  Labour Start‘s 5. Global Solidarity Conference.


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Civic Crowdfunding - Participatory Communities, Entrepreneurs and the Political Economy of Place

Crowdfunding, the raising of capital from a large and diverse pool of donors via online platforms, has grown exponentially in the past five years, spurred by the rise of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. While legislative attention in the US has turned to the potential to use crowdfunding as a means of raising capital for companies, less attention has been paid to the use of crowdfunding for civic projects – projects involving either directly or indirectly, the use of government funds, assets or sponsorship, which may include the development of public assets. This project analyzes the subgenre of civic crowdfunding from three perspectives.

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Minneapolis, Catholics and the Openness Revolution – M. Fioretti

I have participated at the 2013 UST Law Journal Symposium in Minneapolis, with a paper on the relationships between p2p/Open{standards, software, education, manufacturing…} and Catholic Social Doctrine. The paper has been published in the 2013 issue of the Journal and from May 2014 is available online on the School website, titled Catholic Social Doctrine And the Openness Revolution: Natural Travel Companions?.

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Melting of Antarctic ice sheet ‘unstoppable’- reports

Melting of Antarctic ice sheet ‘unstoppable’- reports | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Rise in global sea levels of 3 metres ‘inevitable’, scientists say
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The Meaning of Life (at Work)

The Meaning of Life (at Work) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In our most recent exploration of what makes an organization “thrivable,” we looked at the personal meaning people find in their work and in their workplaces: Where do we find it? How do we create it?  Here’s some of the treasure we discovered along the way.  It offers valuable clues for leaders – but most of all for each of us – as we strive to make our work rich with meaning.

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12 Agrihoods Taking Farm-to-table Living Mainstream

12 Agrihoods Taking Farm-to-table Living Mainstream | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ever wish you could live at your CSA? Or move to a neighborhood where everyone is as excited about fresh, healthy food as you are?
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Net neutrality advocates 'occupy' the FCC - PCWorld

Net neutrality advocates 'occupy' the FCC - PCWorld | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A small band of net neutrality advocates who have pitched their tents beside the U.S. Federal Communications Commission hope that their on-the-ground activism can counterbalance well-funded lobbying efforts by large broadband providers.

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With collective intelligence, scientists learn it's your thoughts that count

With collective intelligence, scientists learn it's your thoughts that count | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From crowdsourcing to citizen science, we'll be exploring how tech could change the ways we learn about and address climate change.
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Why an Internet “slow lane” is a terrible idea | ideas.ted.com

Why an Internet “slow lane” is a terrible idea | ideas.ted.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

All eyes are on the Federal Communications Commission, as commissioner Tom Wheeler unveiled the FCC’s plan for “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.” The plan has had many Internet-centric companies up in arms, decrying any plan that might create a two-tiered Internet comprising “fast lanes” for companies that can pay, and “slow lanes” for those that don’t. (See an open letter to the FCC signed by companies including Amazon, Google and Microsoft.) It’s a complicated topic that involves regulation, politicking and jargon, so we called on technology writer and observer Clay Shirky to share his take on what’s going on. An edited version of our conversation follows.

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Open Source VR Kit Annnounced - Clickonline.com

Open Source VR Kit Annnounced - Clickonline.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With virtual reality headsets set to play a huge role in the future of gaming, at least based on the level of interest shown in Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR, creators of the Rift, and Sony's planned Project Morpheus peripheral for the PlayStation 4, it should be no surprise that an increasing number of companies are looking to jump aboard the bandwagon.


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Reproducing Wealth Without Money, One 3D Printer at a Time: The Cunning of Instrumental Reason » Journal of Peer Production

Reproducing Wealth Without Money, One 3D Printer at a Time: The Cunning of Instrumental Reason » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This remark by a librarian of Lyon, attributing the birth of socialism to the mechanics of the Jacquard loom, was made with the deepest disapproval. In his history of Lyon, it was his explanation for the violent uprisings by artisan weavers that had shaken the town thirty years earlier. As he saw it, in raising the living standards of workers, the Jacquard loom encouraged higher pay demands and worker recalcitrance. What interests me in the quote above is not the claim that the Jacquard loom improved the living standards of weavers, nor whether their radicalism was driven by growing affluence or deepening deprivation. Both of those claims are questionable, to say the least (cf. Strumingher & Bolo, 1978). Of greater relevance to my argument in this paper is that the quote links the introduction of a new technology with the birth of a political – even a revolutionary – idea, the idea of socialism. Still more intriguingly, the technology in question is the famous Jacquard loom. A series of technical advances over the previous fifty years in the Lyon weaving district had culminated in this machine, nowadays hailed as the world’s first computer. The loom mechanism was guided by punched cards, a machine tool control system still employed in heavy industry a century and a half later (Noble, 1986). It is the same principle of using pre-written instructions – i.e. software code – to control the movements of a tool head, that lies at the heart of 3D printing. As for socialism, Adrian Bowyer launched the open source 3D printer project Rep-rap with a manifesto article, where he stated the following:

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » The Commons movement is spreading in Greece

Greece. A country in deep crisis. The promise of the Commons seems to embody the hopes and dreams of a multitude in search of an alternative, sustainable future. For the past few years, we have been witnessing a surge of Commons-fuelled activity: Projects, workshops and festivals explicitly focused on Commons-oriented ideas and practices are taking place throughout Greece.

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About SymGen.us the New Economy Accelerator

About SymGen.us the New Economy Accelerator | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The SymGen Praxis platform is a news aggregation tool to find the latest information on the sharing economy, cooperative economy, social solidarity economy, green economy, new economy, as well as the types of enterprises and development strategies contained therein.
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10 New Breakthrough Technologies 2014 | MIT Technology Review

10 New Breakthrough Technologies 2014 | MIT Technology Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Technology news is full of incremental developments. These are the breakthroughs that matter.
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Lab Matters: Challenging the practice of social innovation laboratories

The latest trend in our quest to fix the global challenges of the 21st century is to  ‘lab’ complex issues. In short, a lab is a container for social experimentation, with a team, a process and space to support social innovation on a systemic level. These social innovation labs are popping up all over the world and are quickly acquiring star status among funders and governments. Zaïd Hassan coins the emergence of labs as a “social revolution” for its ability to tackle large challenges, such as dramatically reducing global emissions, preventing the collapse of fragile states, and improving community resilience.

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Transnational Networks of Radical Labour Research

During the last three or four decades labourunion, research and advocacy networks have interacted with networks of anti-capitalist or alter-globalist social justice activists. These interactions have enabled the (self-)organisation of working people across production networks linking the Global North and South. Especially after the crisis erupted in 2007-8, the process has expanded to include networks of self-employed, unemployed, marginalized and increasingly radicalised knowledge and service workers. Online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, but also free, ‘libre’ and open source software (FLOSS), offer new experiences complementary to traditional forms of organization.

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A ‘Precariat Charter’ is required to combat the inequalities and insecurities produced by global capitalism

A ‘Precariat Charter’ is required to combat the inequalities and insecurities produced by global capitalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Rising inequality is one of the most salient issues in global and European politics. Guy Standing writes that what we have witnessed in recent decades is not simply an increase in inequality, but a...
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The depletion of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday.
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Farm-to-Table Living Takes Root

Farm-to-Table Living Takes Root | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

GILBERT, Ariz. — In many American suburbs, outward signs of life are limited to the blue glow of television screens flickering behind energy-efficient windows. But in a subdivision of this bedroom community outside Phoenix, amid precision-cut lawns and Craftsman-style homes, lambs caper in common green areas, chickens scratch in a citrus grove and residents roam rows of heirloom vegetables to see what might be good for dinner.


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A conversation on economic democracy with Tom Malleson - OUPblog (blog)

A conversation on economic democracy with Tom Malleson - OUPblog (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

How do we address the problem of inequality in capitalist societies? Tom Malleson, the author of After Occupy: Economic Democracy for the 21st Century, argues that by making sure that democracy exists in both our economy and in our government, we may be able to achieve meaningful equality throughout society. We recently spoke to him about how economic democracy works and how viable it can be.



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Recognizing Each Other in the Commons: The Basis for an Alternative Political Philosophy of Systemic Change?

Recognizing Each Other in the Commons: The Basis for an Alternative Political Philosophy of Systemic Change? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Time is running short for a paradigm shift. When it comes to our individual and collective engagement in making the world a better place, we often talk about uniting in diversity: uniting in harmony to multiply outcomes and uniting in diversity for multiple focus and resilience. But how can this concretely be achieved? We all acknowledge the critical need for systemic change and for collective intelligence, but we all have different opinions about the challenges our world is facing and the ways to address these challenges. We each try to convince others that we hold the best solutions and methodologies, which often prevents us from coordinating or communing in effective ways. But is this possible? What type of unity or communion are we talking about?

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There are some jobs now in manufacturing. Kids just aren't interested in ... - Washington Post (blog)

There are some jobs now in manufacturing. Kids just aren't interested in ... - Washington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A couple weeks ago, Daniel Grigg had two problems with the career fair he hosted at Guilford Technical Community College, where it's his job to get graduates on payrolls.

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