Digital Labour and Prosumer Capitalism

The US Matrix
Author: Mathieu O'Neil,Olivier Frayssé
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137473908
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
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In the digital age tasks are increasingly modularised and consumers are increasingly becoming prosumers. Replacing digital labour and prosumption within an American context and the wider political economy, this volume presents a critical account of the forces which shape contemporary subjects, networks, and labour practices.

The Decentralized Energy Revolution

Business Strategies for a New Paradigm
Author: C. Burger,J. Weinmann
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137270705
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 221
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The global energy system stands at the verge of a far-reaching paradigm shift. The established model of centralized supply services will be challenged by new, decentralized technologies, with Germany being an international role model for energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.

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The Making of a Warrior
Author: Bill Quinn
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
ISBN: 0741402297
Category:
Page: 310
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Regulating Code

Good Governance and Better Regulation in the Information Age
Author: Ian Brown,Christopher T. Marsden
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262312956
Category: Law
Page: 288
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Internet use has become ubiquitous in the past two decades, but governments, legislators, and their regulatory agencies have struggled to keep up with the rapidly changing Internet technologies and uses. In this groundbreaking collaboration, regulatory lawyer Christopher Marsden and computer scientist Ian Brown analyze the regulatory shaping of "code" -- the technological environment of the Internet -- to achieve more economically efficient and socially just regulation. They examine five "hard cases" that illustrate the regulatory crisis: privacy and data protection; copyright and creativity incentives; censorship; social networks and user-generated content; and net neutrality. The authors describe the increasing "multistakeholderization" of Internet governance, in which user groups argue for representation in the closed business-government dialogue, seeking to bring in both rights-based and technologically expert perspectives. Brown and Marsden draw out lessons for better future regulation from the regulatory and interoperability failures illustrated by the five cases. They conclude that governments, users, and better functioning markets need a smarter "prosumer law" approach. Prosumer law would be designed to enhance the competitive production of public goods, including innovation, public safety, and fundamental democratic rights.

Every Word Has Power

Switch on Your Language and Turn on Your Life
Author: Yvonne Oswald
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416564652
Category: Self-Help
Page: 208
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Words have power. The very words we say and think not only describe our world but actually create it. They have a profound impact on our lives; in fact, our self-talk produces 100 percent of our results. In this pioneering, practical book, Yvonne Oswald teaches us how to fi lter unsupportive words to produce outstanding results, changing our perspective, relationships, and ability to manifest our deepest desires. The easy-to-follow formula holistically blends the science of language, physical well-being, and emotional cleansing. The "Keys to Success and Happiness" reconnect you with your original empowerment blueprint and develop your understanding for a lifetime of success. Every Word Has Power charms all of the senses and delivers powerful, easy tools for change. Tips, exercises, scripts, stories, metaphors, and science are interwoven to create a dynamic blend of quantum self-growth that immediately jump-starts your transformation.

Household Gold

How to Convert Household Expenses Into Household Income -- And Own Your Own Life in the Process!
Author: Steve Price,Steve W. Price
Publisher: INTI Publishing & Resource Books
ISBN: 9781891279133
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 107
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Eplains how paper can tap into the products in their homes to create part-time or full-time income.

Three Simple Steps

A Map to Success in Business and Life
Author: Trevor Blake
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1936661713
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 237
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Shows you how to take back control of your destiny and reshape your mind for increased creativity, serenity and achievement. While building on the wisdom of great thinkers and accomplished individuals from East and West, Three Simple Steps isn't a new age text or guide to esoteric fulfillment. Rather, it's a practical guide to real-life achievement by a pragmatic businessman who attributes his incredible successes to these very simple ideas, a guide for everyone who wants to achieve more, live better andbe happier.

Digital Disruption

Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation
Author: James McQuivey
Publisher: Amazon.Com Publishing
ISBN: 9781477800126
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 171
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The barriers to entry in your market just vanished. Unexpected competitors are swarming in. Are you ready? You always knew digital was going to change things, but you didn't realize how close to home it would hit. In every industry, digital competitors are taking advantage of new platforms, tools, and relationships to undercut competitors, get closer to customers, and disrupt the usual ways of doing business. The only way to compete is to evolve. James McQuivey of Forrester Research has been teaching people how to do this for over a decade. He's gone into the biggest companies, even in traditional industries like insurance and consumer packaged goods, and changed the way they think about innovation. Now he's sharing his approach with you. McQuivey will show you how Dr. Hugh Reinhoff of Ferrokin BioSciences disrupted the pharmaceutical industry, streamlining connections with doctors and regulators to bring molecules to market far faster--and then sold out for $100 million. How Charles Teague and his team of four people created Lose It!, a weight loss application that millions have adopted, achieving rapid success and undermining titans like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig in the process. Regardless of your background and industry, you can learn how to be a digital disruptor too. First, adopt the right mindset: Take risks, invest as cheaply as possible, and build on existing platforms to find the fastest path to solving a customer's problem. Second, seek the "adjacent possible"--the space just next to yours where new technology creates opportunity. That's how Benjamin Rubin and Paolo DePetrillo of Zeo created a $100 sleep monitor that does much of what you'd get from a $3,000 sleep lab visit. Finally, disrupt yourself. Use these tools to make parts of your business obsolete before your competitors do. That's what Tim FitzRandolph did at Disney, creating a game that shot to the top of the app store charts. With the tools in this book you can assess your readiness, learn the disruptive mindset, and innovate rapidly, starting right within your own business.

Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge

How distributed energy resources are disrupting the utility business model
Author: Fereidoon P. Sioshansi
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 012811763X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 460
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Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge examines the viable developments in peer-to-peer transactions enabled by open platforms on the grid’s edge. With consumers and prosumers using more electronic platforms to trade surplus electricity from rooftop solar panels, share a storage battery, or use smart gadgets that manage load and self-generation, the grid's edge is becoming crowded. The book examines the growing number of consumers engaging in self-generation and storage, and analyzes the underlying causes and drivers of change, as well as the implications of how the utility sector—particularly the distribution network—should/could be regulated. The book also explores how tariffs are set and revenues are collected to cover both fixed and variable costs in a sustainable way. This reference is useful for anyone interested in the areas of energy generation and regulation, especially stakeholders engaged in the generation, transmission, and distribution of power. Examines the new players that will disrupt the energy grid markets Offers unique coverage of an emerging and unpublished topic Helps the reader understand up-to-date energy regulations and pricing innovations

The Zero Marginal Cost Society

The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
Author: Jeremy Rifkin
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1137437766
Category: Political Science
Page: 368
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In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism. Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant, and no longer subject to market forces. Now, a formidable new technology infrastructure—the Internet of things (IoT)—is emerging with the potential of pushing large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years ahead. Rifkin describes how the Communication Internet is converging with a nascent Energy Internet and Logistics Internet to create a new technology platform that connects everything and everyone. Billions of sensors are being attached to natural resources, production lines, the electricity grid, logistics networks, recycling flows, and implanted in homes, offices, stores, vehicles, and even human beings, feeding Big Data into an IoT global neural network. Prosumers can connect to the network and use Big Data, analytics, and algorithms to accelerate efficiency, dramatically increase productivity, and lower the marginal cost of producing and sharing a wide range of products and services to near zero, just like they now do with information goods. The plummeting of marginal costs is spawning a hybrid economy—part capitalist market and part Collaborative Commons—with far reaching implications for society, according to Rifkin. Hundreds of millions of people are already transferring parts of their economic lives to the global Collaborative Commons. Prosumers are plugging into the fledgling IoT and making and sharing their own information, entertainment, green energy, and 3D-printed products at near zero marginal cost. They are also sharing cars, homes, clothes and other items via social media sites, rentals, redistribution clubs, and cooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Students are enrolling in free massive open online courses (MOOCs) that operate at near zero marginal cost. Social entrepreneurs are even bypassing the banking establishment and using crowdfunding to finance startup businesses as well as creating alternative currencies in the fledgling sharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, sustainability supersedes consumerism, cooperation ousts competition, and "exchange value" in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by "sharable value" on the Collaborative Commons. Rifkin concludes that capitalism will remain with us, albeit in an increasingly streamlined role, primarily as an aggregator of network services and solutions, allowing it to flourish as a powerful niche player in the coming era. We are, however, says Rifkin, entering a world beyond markets where we are learning how to live together in an increasingly interdependent global Collaborative Commons.

The Business of the 21st Century


Author: Robert T. Kiyosaki
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781612680637
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 144
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In The Business of the 21st Century, Robert Kiyosaki explains the revolutionary business of network marketing in the context of what makes any business a success in any economic situation. This book lends credibility to multilevel marketing business, and justifies why it is an ideal avenue through which to learn basic business and sales skills... and earn money.

Who Stole the American Dream?


Author: Hedrick Smith
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 0812982053
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 579
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Recounts how the American dream has been dismantled over the past forty years by legislative, electoral, and corporate decisions that have compromised the middle class and minimized individual economic and political power.

Social Media

A Critical Introduction
Author: Christian Fuchs
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473987490
Category: Computers
Page: 400
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This book equips students with the critical thinking they need to understand the complexities and contradictions of social media and make informed judgements. The second edition explores the sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb and social media in China.

Making is Connecting


Author: David Gauntlett
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745637752
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
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In Making is Connecting, David Gauntlett argues that, through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to make connections. During the previous century, the production of culture became dominated by professional elite producers. But today, a vast array of people are making and sharing their own ideas, videos and other creative material online, as well as engaging in real-world crafts, art projects and hands-on experiences. Gauntlett argues that we are seeing a shift from a ‘sit-back-and-be-told culture' to a ‘making-and-doing culture'. People are rejecting traditional teaching and television, and making their own learning and entertainment instead. Drawing on evidence from psychology, politics, philosophy and economics, he shows how this shift is necessary and essential for the happiness and survival of modern societies.

The Cult of the Amateur

How Blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the Rest of Today's User-generated Media are Destroying Our Economy, Our Culture, and Our Values
Author: Andrew Keen
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 0385520816
Category: Computers
Page: 236
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A Silicon Valley insider offers a provocative look at the dark side of the new digital revolution, Web 2.0, and its detrimental influence on modern-day culture, society, and business, explaining the devastating repercussions of this cult of the amateur and offering concrete solutions for countering its impact on modern life. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Future Shock


Author: Alvin Toffler
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553277375
Category: Social Science
Page: 561
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Predicts the pace of environmental change during the next thirty years and the ways in which the individual must face and learn to cope with personal and social change

Professional Results with Canon Vixia Camcorders

A Field Guide to Canon G10 and XA10
Author: Warren Bass
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1133702600
Category: ART
Page: 304
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Canon's Vixia G10, the company's top-of-the-line consumer high-definition camcorder, and the XA10, a pro-level relative of the G10, are packed with more features than any other camcorders in their size or price range. Get the most from these powerful devi

Power-Sector Reform and Regulation in Africa

Lessons from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Namibia and Ghana
Author: Joseph Kapika,Anton Eberhard
Publisher: Human Sciences Research
ISBN: 9780796924100
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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"Power-sector reform and regulation in Africa offers detailed, up-to-date and original research into how governments and policymakers in six African countries have grappled with the development of their energy sectors. Arising out of a two-year peer-learning process involving senior executives in the electricity regulators in each country, the book contains an intelligent and clear analysis of the knowledge and shared experiences gathered in Africa by African scholars."--Publisher's note.

Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Hazards


Author: Walter Leal Filho,Haruna Musa,Gina Cavan,Paul O'Hare,Julia Seixas
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319398806
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 459
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This book analyses the links between climate change adaptation, resilience and the impacts of hazards. The contributors cover topics such as climate change adaptation in coastal zones, the evaluation of community land models, climate change considerations in public health and water resource management, as well as conceptual frameworks for understanding vulnerabilities to extreme climate events. The book focuses on a variety of concrete projects, initiatives and strategies currently being implemented across the world. It also presents case studies, trends, data and projects that illustrate how cities, communities and regions have been striving to achieve resilience and have handled hazards.

The Power of the Mine

A Transformative Opportunity for Sub-Saharan Africa
Author: Sudeshna Ghosh Banerjee,Zayra Romo,Gary McMahon,Perrine Toledano,Peter Robinson,Inés Pérez Arroyo
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 1464802939
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 170
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The mining industry could play a key role in Africa s energy sector, since it requires power in large quantity and reliable quality to run its processes. The integration of mining with power system development, with appropriate risk mitigation mechanisms, could bring a win-win solution to utilities, mines, and people at large.