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This bitcoin alternative is a threat to Wall Street

This bitcoin alternative is a threat to Wall Street | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
Peer-to-peer loans imperil banks, and cryptocurrencies may finish the job, writes David Weidner.

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Newcastle Web Consulting's curator insight, December 8, 2014 5:28 AM

There’s just one problem: It isn’t going to happen anytime soon. This stuff is not ready for prime time. It’s not even usable for people and organizations that want to use it. One attendee who was trying to use bitcoin to help finance power projects in underdeveloped nations complained of the currency’s wild valuation swings, the lack of trust and, well, the fact that no one uses it.

Said another enthusiast: “When and how do I get my mother to use bitcoin?”

That’s why cryptocurrencies may be the biggest end-game threat, but not the biggest immediate threat. That distinction goes to a new breed of banking that isn’t really technology focused at all. It’s called peer-to-peer lending. Simply put, it’s a platform where people who want to invest money lend it to people who want to borrow.

The biggest and most well-known of these new companies, LendingClub Corp., on Monday provided details on its planned initial public offering to raise roughly $512 million at the top of the range. LendingClub’s business has nearly doubled. It has facilitated $6.2 billion in loans in 2014, up from $3.2 billion in 2013, according to the filing.

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Wall Street is already entering Bitcoin! 

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John Restakis on the emergence of social care coops | P2P Foundation

John Restakis on the emergence of social care coops | P2P Foundation | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
So, the social economy, meaning organizations that have a mutual aim in their purpose, based on the principles of reciprocity, collective benefit, social benefit, is emerging as an important player for the design and delivery of public services. This, too, is in reaction to the failure of the public market for provision of services like affordable housing or health care or education services. This is a crisis in the role of the state as a provider of public services. So the question has emerged: what happens when the state fails to provide or fulfill its mandate as a provider or steward of public goods and services, and what’s the role of civil society and the social economy in response? Social co-ops have been part of this tide of reaction and reinvention, in terms of civic solutions to what were previously state-designed and delivered public goods and services. So I’ll leave it at that for the moment, but it’s just an indicator of the very interesting ways in which the co-op form is being reimagined and reinvented to respond to this crisis of public services and the changing role of the state.

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The Meaning of Decentralization – Vitalik Buterin – Medium

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“Decentralization” is one of the words that is used in the cryptoeconomics space the most frequently, and is often even viewed as a blockchain’s entire raison d’être, but it is also one of the words…

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Making as Reconnecting: Crafts In The Next Economy | P2P Foundation

Making as Reconnecting: Crafts In The Next Economy | P2P Foundation | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
Makers, foodsheds, poor to poor energy and so much more in this transcript of John Thackara's keynote presentation on the Next Economy
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See Ya Later, Capitalism — the Collaborative Economy Is Taking Over

See Ya Later, Capitalism — the Collaborative Economy Is Taking Over | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
Compare the phone you had as a kid to the one in your pocket now. The first was a telephone owned by a monopoly that you used at most only minutes a day. The latter is a smart networked device you…
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Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
Dozens of homes and businesses in Brooklyn have been wired into a microgrid, which allows members to exchange excess-electricity credits.

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How Blockchain Applications Will Move Beyond Finance

How Blockchain Applications Will Move Beyond Finance | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
Any type of digital asset can be tracked and traded.
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Panarchy 101, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Global Collapse – Medium

Panarchy 101, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Global Collapse – Medium | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
A collection/syllabus/network that seeks to illuminate not only what is collapsing (and why) but, more importantly, what is emerging (and why), as seen through various lenses including complex systems, political & social theory, economics, etc.

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The Future of Governance is not Governments – The World of Deep Wealth

The Future of Governance is not Governments – The World of Deep Wealth | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
Living systems on every scale have governance — methods of self-regulation to manage the coherence and continuity of the system. Also, for steering toward goals or away from dangers. This governance…
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The Meaning of Decentralization

The Meaning of Decentralization | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
“Decentralization” is one of the words that is used in the cryptoeconomics space the most frequently, and is often even viewed as a blockchain’s entire raison d’être, but it is also one of the words…
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Here's How Fab Market is Creating a Sustainable Marketplace

Here's How Fab Market is Creating a Sustainable Marketplace | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
Why buy something made thousands of miles away if you can source the same product locally and even play a hand in building it? This is the thinking behind Fab Market.

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Agorism: Empower Yourself, Empower Others — Steemit

Agorism: Empower Yourself, Empower Others — Steemit | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
Let's talk solutions: AGORISM Ingenious agorism; an idea worth spreading and a practice worth learning: a key… by ladyofliberty
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Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency—It’s Something Way Weirder

Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency—It’s Something Way Weirder | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
A new kind of hedge fund bets that bitcoin is way more valuable if you don't think about it mainly as money.
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World Alternative Movement 2 – The W.A.M. Trilogy 

World Alternative Movement 2 – The W.A.M. Trilogy  | Stigmergy | Scoop.it

So far, local, community-based initiatives have been, by their nature, fragmented, and often have had little contact with or support from outside. There have been some efforts to address this, especially at regional and national level, but the effectiveness of these efforts has been limited. 

 

A key requirement, therefore, is to nurture and support this local dimension, while also facilitating greater inter-connectedness and networking between groups, and with other organizations. 

 

Our aim must be to lead, culturally and practically, a worldwide transition away from the big cities and back towards an essentially rural lifestyle, where technology, transportation and commodities will be accessible to everyone through a distributed inter-network.


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This looks like a well worked out plan to get us from the present world that doesn't function for many to ... a world that we can all contribute to forming and that will allow us to live, love and create...

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Home

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Drawing on a lifetime of travel in search of real-world alternatives that work, I describe how communities the world over are creating a replacement, leave-things-better economy from the ground up.

Each chapter is about creative ways to tackle timeless needs that matter: restoring the land,
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Cooperativism in the Digital Era, or How to Form a Global Counter-Economy

Cooperativism in the Digital Era, or How to Form a Global Counter-Economy | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
"What if this is not capitalism, but something worse?" McKenzie Wark's question eloquently summarizes the growing criticism of profit-maximizing business models within the so-called collaborative sharing economy.
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BLACK MARKETS ARE INEVITABLE | Andreas Antonopoulos on society | London Real

This is taken from our interview with Andreas Antonopoulos called The Death of Money' Andreas Antonopoulos is a Greek California-based information securit
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The Fifth Protocol

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"Wait a minute... Make up your mind. This Snow Crash thing—is it a virus, a drug, or a religion?" Juanita shrugs. "What's the difference?" - Snow Crash Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet. Humans don't *need* math-based cryptocurrencies when dealing with other humans. We walk slowly, talk…
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Zeronet Wants to Replace the Dark Web by Marrying Bitcoin to Bittorrent Over Tor - Bitcoin News

Zeronet Wants to Replace the Dark Web by Marrying Bitcoin to Bittorrent Over Tor - Bitcoin News | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
Every Zeronet ‘website’ address is a Bitcoin public key. Visitors can send bitcoin directly to site owner. We talked to the creator about his project.
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Welcome to The Emergent Era – Emergent Era – Medium

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As our information moves faster, we move faster. And as more of humanity comes online (2.3 billion more people in 2016–2017 alone), it’s causing a fundamental and spontaneous restructuring of our…

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11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy

11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
As “death star platforms” such as Airbnb and Uber continue their pursuit of global domination, an alternative is rising in its wake.
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How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings into a Thriving Community Hub

How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings into a Thriving Community Hub | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
After years of brewing at home, Evan Sallee and his partners at Fair State Brewing, Minnesota's first consumer-owned beer cooperative, were finally ready to open a taproom in Minneapolis. They needed a spot that could accommodate brewing, with a storefront that invited people in off the street. That combination was hard to find until they looked at a space on Central Avenue in the city's Northeast neighborhood.  

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Why a New Small Business Blockchain is Actually a Big Deal - CoinDesk

CoinDesk's Noelle Acheson argues a new small business blockchain effort out of the EU may have bigger implications than it seems.
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The Blockchain Matters More than the President - Jeffrey Tucker - Liberty.me

The Blockchain Matters More than the President - Jeffrey Tucker - Liberty.me | Stigmergy | Scoop.it
It’s like clockwork. When the price of Bitcoin (the dollar exchange rate) goes up, my inbox lights up. “What is Bitcoin and how can I buy it?” Then the price goes down, and it’s radio silence again, but for people who complain that their investment hasn’t panned out. Every new…
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3D Printed Guns, Crowd Sourced Internet, WebTorrent Video, and Other Decentralized Solutions — Steemit

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Decentralize Everything: How To Avoid the Technocratic Nightmare by James Corbett corbettreport.com January… by corbettreport
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