Michel Bauwens: Top 10 P2P Trends

Categories: P2P / Panarchy
Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Top 10 P2P Trends of 2015

Perhaps the main negative development in the field of p2p, and the commons, was the abandoning of the transformative change program by Syriza, which highlights the failure of the traditional Left to believe in its own promise for transition. This points to a strong need for a renewal of politics around a Commons Transition program. It is therefore particularly heartening to see the simultaneous creation this year of several local commons groups, such as Assemblies and Chambers of the Commons. There is much to rejoice in the list below. There is now a palette of p2p-based solutions that can be used by those that are serious about reconstructing our world with distributed infrastructures, shared resources and commons, and livelihoods around such engagements.

List Below the Fold

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Jan 4

George Por: How collective intelligence helps organizations move past hierarchical leadership structures

Categories: P2P / Panarchy
George Por

George Por

How collective intelligence helps organizations move past hierarchical leadership structures

Louis Rosenberg

This tendency toward “herding” is exacerbated by social media and other modern technologies. We euphemistically call it “trending” or “going viral” but often it’s just a random impulse gone astray, amplifying noise rather than harnessing intelligence. In fact, a brilliant study out of MIT, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and NYU shows that if you randomly assign the first vote in an up-voting system similar to Reddit, that single first opinion will influence the final result by 25 percent, even if thousands of votes follow. So, what would a decision-making process look like if there were no leaders and no followers, but a balanced structure that allowed the group to solve a problem together and find the optimal solution?  . . .   Referred to as Human Swarming, teams can be connected by specialized networking software that allow them to form closed-loop systems and tackle problems as a unified intelligence.

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Jan 1

Yoda: Indigenous Rights Victories in 2015

yoda with light saberBats last, nature does.

Fifteen Indigenous Rights Victories In 2015

Good news. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a cancelled hydro dam that spares 20,000 people from the burden of displacement. Other times, it takes the shape of a simple court admission that Indigenous Peoples do actually make the best conservationists.

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Dec 31

Yoda: Matt McAlister on Need for $1B Journalism Fund

yoda with light saberGoogle and Facebook as the dark force…

Silicon Valley should follow Google and create a $1bn journalism fund

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The Guardian

EXTRACT

Europe has assumed the role of digital media regulator in the apparent absence of a moral compass within these platforms that exert increasing influence over our lives.

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Dec 11