Indra Adnan On Is Politics Broken? (And Here Is The Alternative)   Indra Adnan is Co-Initiator of The Alternative UK – part of a global network of political platforms originating with Alternativet in Denmark. Her commitment is to grassroots politics that release the power of people and communities in ways that sustain the planet. She is concurrently a journalist (The Guardian, Huffington Post), a psychotherapist (Human Givens Institute), founder of… Continue reading

The Lucas Plan: a Documentary

The Plan That Came From The Bottom Up 40 years ago a group of skilled engineers at Lucas Aerospace UK, when threatened with redundancy, responded with an ambitious plan to make better use of their talents – designing what they called socially useful and environmentally sustainable alternatives to the military products their company made. THE… Continue reading

Climate breakdown: where is the left?

Republished from New Economics Foundation Climate change is fuelling record temperatures and sweeping fires, but the progressive response is lacking. David Powell, Head of Environment & Green Transition: The newspapers read like something from a dystopian sci-fi film about a world ravaged by climate breakdown. But it’s today, and it’s real. Heat records are being… Continue reading

Tokens as a Labor Model

Two years ago, we published a report on Value in the Commons Economy, in which we analyzed the value regime of a number of pioneering peer production projects such as Sensorica and Backfeed. In that report, we posited a sphere of ‘value sovereignty’, within the sphere of the commons, and a membrane between the commons… Continue reading

Five Possible Blockchain Futures

Michel Bauwens: When we look at the emerging crypto economy, it is very important to disentangle the two co-mingled and contradictory aspirations that it can represent. We said this at the very beginning from bitcoin: it represents the first socially sovereign currency at scale, and moreover it is strongly based on open source / commons… Continue reading

No Gods, No Masters, No Coders? The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World

Michel Bauwens: This is probably the best overview essay to understand the socio-political implications of blockchain designs. Sarah Manski describes seven technological characteristics that are seed forms for different socio-technical systems and societies, which we will publish separately in a second installment. At the P2P Foundation we strongly believe in the necessity of a commons-centric… Continue reading