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The New French P2P Book: Sauver Le Monde – Vers Une Economie Post-Capitaliste Avec Le Peer to Peer

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Michel Bauwens
2nd March 2015


Dear friends, in anticipation of its publication on March 4, here is the new cover of our mass audience book on the P2P revolution:

(see french summary below the cover)

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Présentation de l’éditeur

“Pour la plupart des gens, le peer-to-peer évoque des réseaux où les utilisateurs peuvent échanger des documents. Michel Bauwens présente ici une vision bien plus large de ce concept qui est amené à s étendre à tous les aspects de la vie. En effet, pour la première fois dans l histoire, le peer-to-peer permet aux gens du monde entier de créer des choses ensemble une encyclopédie (Wikipédia), tout type d objet (avec les imprimantes 3D) ou bien de financer des projets (avec le crowdfunding).

Le modèle émergent du pair à pair veut contourner la logique de fausse abondance matérielle et de rareté artificielle de l immatériel. L auteur perçoit dans l enchevêtrement apparent de phénomènes nouveaux tels que l économie collaborative, l open source, le crowdsourcing, les Fablabs, les micro-usines, le mouvement des makers, l agriculture urbaine etc. , un modèle qui nous mène vers une société post-capitaliste, où le marché doit se soumettre à la logique des communs. L auteur… Continue reading »

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Geert Lovink and Patrice Riemens: The Bitcoin Experience (part I)

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Kevin Flanagan
2nd March 2015


bitcoinprofitOUR BANKER WHO ART IN CYBERSPACE
SATOSHI BE THY NAME
THY BITCOIN COME
DOLLAR BILLS BE GONE
IN OUR POCKETS, AS IT IS ONLINE
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR CONFIRMED TRANSACTIONS
AND FORGIVE US OUR DOUBLE SPENDING
AS WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVEN TRENDON SHAVERS
AND LEAD US NOT FROM THE BLOCKCHAIN
BUT DELIVER US THE MINED BLOCKS
FOR EVER AND EVER
AMEN

(Bitcoin Magazine November 2013)

Bitcoin does not respond to an effective demand, but to an emotional desire. The internet crypto currency expresses a longing for liberation through the mediation of technology. It grows out of a post-apocalyptic will to start all over again, in between financial crises of epic proportions, to put an end to the never-ending recession. This time, so do believers in Bitcoin maintain, the economy will be lead by our tribe of techno-libertarians, and not by the vile, corrupted banksters and  politicians in their employ. Amidst the rubble of the collapsing global capitalism, there is nothing left to demand—who would listen anyway? What is your blueprint for the next monetary system? After all, Bitcoin architecture is not a given. Let’s be frank: everything is up for grabs, including the premises of the Bitcoin project itself, which is what we… Continue reading »

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Posted in: P2P Money |

Special Offer this week only book now for Schumacher Course ‘Towards a Commons Based Political Economy’

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Kevin Flanagan
2nd March 2015


If you have been considering taking part in the Schumacher College course  ‘Towards a Commons Based Political Economy’ with Michel Bauwens, John Restakis and I, now it the time to book. For this week only Shumacher have announced a special offer on the course and have dropped the fee to £595.

Course dates: Monday, 20 April, 2015 to Friday, 24 April, 2015 – https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/short-courses/towards-a-commons-based-political-economy

Michel Bauwens, John Restakis and Kevin Flanagan

The history of political and economic organization within capitalism has been the recurring fight over the balance of power between the state and the market, which has ended in a radical subordination of the state and the social good to private markets interests. But the alternative may no longer be a return to statism and a ‘strong state’ but rather a set of commons-centric alternatives based on the principles of co-operation and economic democracy

Indeed, the systemic crisis of 2008 has led to the emergence of alternative visions that need to be integrated in a radical vision of transition to a new kind of political economy. The first emergence is that of commons-oriented… Continue reading »

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Syriza’s policy for ecological and energy transformation

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Michel Bauwens
1st March 2015


“The actions of the new government suggest that Syriza is ready to take steps to implement key aspects of the platform adopted at its first Congress in July 2013. Syriza is committed to “a new paradigm of social, environmental and economic development” and for the “ecological transformation of the economy.” Syriza says it will pursue the “practice of democratic planning and social control on all levels of central and local government.” In its election manifesto, Syriza declared it was for “Ecological transformation in development of energy production.”

Excerpted from Sean Sweeney:

“Syriza’s program and manifesto, and its early actions to halt the further privatization of power generation and gas, suggest that the EU’s neoliberal approach to energy transition and climate protection is being challenged in a way that could have implications beyond the EU itself. Nevertheless, Greece is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Therefore halting privatization should be seen as a crucial first step in what will be a longer journey toward a new energy system and ecological transformation.

The election of Syriza comes at a time when the EU’s neoliberal approach to energy is in serious trouble. This approach was based on electricity market liberalization – ostensibly to promote ‘choice’… Continue reading »

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Posted in: Commons Transition, P2P Energy, P2P Public Policy |

A Commons sense

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Øyvind Holmstad
1st March 2015


Poor Indian farmers are rich in two things: knowledge and biodiversity. The future of food depends on preserving both:

Since the 1970s, the number of rice varieties in India has plummeted from roughly 100,000 to 7,000. The massive drop is largely due to the rise of high-yield crops born from the Green Revolution, which helped relieve a strained food supply. However, the extinct rice varieties don’t just signify a loss of heritage and cultural identity in Indian villages – each lost variety is a small defeat in the battle to preserve biodiversity and genetic variation.

 

The ecologist Dr Debal Deb – who has been called India’s ‘rice warrior’ and ‘seed saviour’ – has a creative solution to his country’s vanishing rice problem: a massive seed bank that houses and preserves rare indigenous rice before it disappears. In addition to fighting the long-term effects of monoculture, he’s also working to protect small farmers from shady international patenting practices by documenting and copyrighting their unique rice strains so they can be fairly compensated for their innovations and knowledge.

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Posted in: Food and Agriculture, P2P Ecology, P2P Technology, Videos |

La’Zooz: The Decentralized, Crypto-Alternative to Uber

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Nathan Schneider
1st March 2015


LaZooz

What makes a lot of people uncomfortable about a phenomenon like Uber, when you get right down to it, is how it is owned. As in other mega-Internet companies, a small number of owners poised to take over a global industry—in this case, the taxi industry with ownership currently spread out among local drivers and operators. In response to Uber’s rise, there has been a flurry of proposals for driver-owned alternatives. But what if the real Uber-killer were owned by nobody?

Meet La’Zooz, a project that began in Israel but belongs to nowhere. Like Uber, Lyft or Sidecar, it’s an attempt to implement real-time ridesharing, but without the company. Using the same technology underlying the virtual currency Bitcoin—a distributed online ledger, or “blockchain”—the La’Zooz network would exist on the phones and computers of its community of users, rather than any central server. Rather than Bitcoin’s “proof of work” method of generating new tokens, which requires enormous computational power, La’Zooz generates new tokens—called “zooz”—with “proof of movement.” Basically, turn on your La’Zooz-enabled phone and drive. As you drive, you earn zooz tokens. Then, when you want a ride from… Continue reading »

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Posted in: Collective Intelligence, Crowdsourcing, Culture & Ideas, Economy and Business, Open Models, Original Content, P2P Business Models, P2P Collaboration, P2P Company Watch, P2P Development, P2P Money, P2P Technology |

Glimmers of hope for a ‘fair shares society’

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Rajesh Makwana
1st March 2015


fair share - pay yours

As part of STWR’sglobal call for sharingcampaign, we are periodically highlighting the growing public debate on the need for wealth, power and resources to be shared more equitably both within countries and internationally. This debate is becoming more prominent by the day, although it is often framed in an implicit context without directly acknowledging how the principle of sharing is central to resolving today’s interlocking crises.

In this light, the editorial below illustrates some of the many and diverse ways in which a call for sharing is being expressed, whether it’s by politicians, economists, campaigners, activists, academics or anyone else. To learn more about STWR’s campaign, please visit: www.sharing.org/global-call


Last month the reality of extreme global inequality was again a presiding theme of high-level discussion, not least at Davos where the world’s richest and most powerful get together “to convince themselves they are the good guys”. Remarkably, the World Economic Forum founder urged delegates that the motto for their 2015 meeting should be ‘sharing and caring’. But as STWR pointed out in a blog post, the… Continue reading »

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Posted in: Activism, Anti-P2P, Collective Intelligence, Commons, Commons Transition, Culture & Ideas, Economy and Business, Empire, Original Content, Politics, Sharing |

The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture

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Øyvind Holmstad
28th February 2015


From Oakland Institute

Read the Press Release

In Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict, a report released in July 2014, the Oakland Institute exposed how international financial institutions swooped in on the heels of the political upheaval in Ukraine to deregulate and throw open the nation’s vast agricultural sector to foreign corporations.

This fact sheet provides details on the transnational agribusinesses that are increasingly investing in Ukraine, including Monsanto, Cargill, and DuPont, and how corporations are taking over all aspects of Ukraine’s agricultural system. This includes circumventing land moratoriums, investing in seed and input production facilities, and acquiring commodity production, processing, and transportation facilities.

Access the full report

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Posted in: Food and Agriculture |

A New Alignment of Movements?

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David Bollier
28th February 2015


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In September 2014, the Commons Strategies Group convened a three-day workshop in Meissen, Germany, of 25 policy advocates and activists from a variety of different economic and social movements.  The topic of the “deep dive”:  Can leading alt-economic and social movements find ways to work more closely together?  Can there be a greater convergence and collaboration in fighting the pathologies of neoliberalism? 

The activists hailed from movements devoted to the Social and Solidarity Economy, Degrowth, Co-operatives, Transition Towns, the Sharing and Collaborative Economy, Peer Production, environmental justice, and the commons, among others. While most came from Europe, there were also participants from Canada, the US, Brazil, Ireland and the UK. The workshop was organized by the Commons Strategies Group, which gratefully acknowledges the indispensable support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (Germany) and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation (France and Switzerland).

Before this workshop, roughly a dozen of the same participants had deliberated on the topic of “open co-operativism” a few days earlier at a separate gathering in Berlin. The report synthesizing those conversations, “Toward an Open Co-operativism,” were released three weeks ago and can be found here. 

Below, the Introduction to theContinue reading »

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Posted in: Commons, Commons Transition, Cooperatives, Culture & Ideas, Economy and Business, Ethical Economy, Open Models, Original Content, P2P Business Models, P2P Collaboration, Peer Property, Sharing |

Call for papers: The Hybrid City DATA TO THE PEOPLE

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Kevin Flanagan
28th February 2015


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Source: http://uranus.media.uoa.gr/hc3/?page_id=41

ABOUT

Hybrid City is an international biennial event dedicated to exploring the emergent character of the city and the potential transformative shift of the urban condition, as a result of ongoing developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and of their integration in the urban physical context. It aims to promote dialogue and knowledge exchange among experts drawn from academia, as well as researchers, artists, designers, advocates, stakeholders and decision makers, actively involved in addressing questions on the nature of the technologically mediated urban activity and experience. The second installment of the Hybrid City, that took place in 2013 boasted seven keynote speakers, sixty-eight paper presentations and diverse parallel events, that were documented in the printed volume of proceedings.
Hybrid City Conference 2015 in Athens, Greece will consist of three days of paper presentations, panel discussions, workshops and satellite events, under the theme “Data to the People”. The events are organized by the University Research Institute of Applied Communication (URIAC), in collaboration with New Technologies Laboratory, of the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, of the University of Athens. The main venue of the conference is the central, historic building… Continue reading »

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