Wolfgang Kowalsky on How the European Union Is Failing To Regulate the So-Called Sharing Economy

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. Cities and Technological Sovereignty 6 – The Gig Economy Needs To Meet Its Responsibilities (13 mins) Wolfgang Kowalsky – The ‘gig economy’ may sound cool but in reality many of the jobs offer a fast… Continue reading

New Municipalism in Poland

This post originally appeared on European Alternatives Today’s challenges, from the flight from war-refugees to the management of the commons, and the environmental crisis, are being tackled at the local level from some City Councils across Europe. Some cities are proving to be spaces with an outstanding capacity to confront and face reality with reachable… Continue reading

Mayo Fuster Morell: Barcelona as a Case Study on Urban Policy for Platform Cooperativism

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. (15 mins) Mayo Fuster Morell – Mayo Fuster Morell will provide a brief overview of public policy making approaches to the sharing economy. Using the example of Barcelona, Mayo will focus on what policymakers can… Continue reading

Energy as a Common Good

Energy as a Commons is a video produced during the first public meeting of the European Commons Assembly in Brussels, 15-17 November, 2016. Cecile Blanchet reflects on how the energy system is designed to please the needs of constant growth of the markets and opposes it to a community-managed paradigm that is inclusive and accessible… Continue reading

Social Democratic and Critical Theories of the Intellectual Commons: A Critical Analysis

An article authored by Antonis Broumas. Originally published at TripleC: Abstract “Over the past twenty years theorizing about the intellectual commons has undeniably become a popular activity not only among scholars that deal with the dialectics between information/communication technologies and society but also among the wider scientific community. Yet, the discourse over intellectual commons and… Continue reading

How Can We Redesign Cities as Shared Spaces?

Cat Johnson: At a time when corporate sponsorship and ownership of city spaces, buildings, and events continues to grow at lightning pace, it’s more important than ever to rethink our cities as shared entities that belong to all of us. In his recent speech at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, researcher, activist, and author David Bollier argued that… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Thinking about Commons as a post-capitalist perspective for social work

A book chapter by Jef Peeters in “The Ecosocial Transition of Societies: The Contribution of Social Work and Social Policy” (2017): Abstract “An eco-social transformation of society should imply an answer to the crisis of the social welfare state, which comes under pressure from neoliberal recipes because of the downturn in economic growth: many services… Continue reading

Degrowth in Movements: Artivism

By John Jordan. Originally published on degrowth.de Injecting Imagination into Degrowth Labelled a ‘domestic extremist’ by the police and ‘a magician of rebellion’ by the press, John Jordan has spent the last 25 years merging art and activism. He has worked in various settings, from Tate Modern to squatted social centres, from international theatre festivals… Continue reading