Commons: the model of “post” liberal capitalism?

This post by Myriam Bouré was originally published on Pour la version en français, voir ici. Myriam Bouré: As reminded by Nicolas Hulot’s resignation from the French government, it’s difficult to combine liberal capitalism and ecology. Wouldn’t the commons represent the model for the future, post liberal capitalism, combining economic, social and environmental performance? Analysis, based in particular… Continue reading

Open 2018: Mapping the Coop Economy

Following on from the introductory session on the Main stage Louis Cousin from Cooperatives Europe leads a working session on mapping the cooperative / solidarity ecosystem. With input from Colm Massey from the Solidarity Economy Association; Laura James Co-founder at Digital Life Collective; Tom Ivey from; and the audience – with a view to developing a steering group focused on “Developing taxonomies for describing co-ops and… Continue reading

Mapping the Italian Urban and Natural Commons

Michel Bauwens: Mapping is important to the transition towards a more ecologically-balanced and socially-just commons-centric society, as it brings visibility and conscious awareness to the great diversity of initiatives taking place, and can also be a community-building tool. Here is a recent and very professionally undertaken mapping effort for the Italian commons, undertaken by our friends… Continue reading

How solid is Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to redecentralize the web?

The internet and near-costless scaling of digital has allowed the concentration of too much power in too few hands. Our systems for accountability can’t or won’t keep up. By building alternatives, the decentralisation of networks, governance and control are a promising antidote. That’s why it’s exciting to see web inventor Tim Berners-Lee announce a commercial venture to… Continue reading

Stop chasing unicorns: the power of zebras, herds and Platform Coops

This article, originally published in Platform.Coop, was authored by Lieza Dessein and Chiara Faini, both strategic project managers for headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. Stop Chasing Unicorns Lieza Dessein and Chiara Faini: There is a fundamental flaw in the narrative of the startup culture: everyone is chasing Unicorns i.e. private companies valued at one billion dollars… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Rethinking the Smart City : Democratizing Urban Technology

Democratizing Urban Technology Evgeny Morozov and Francesca Bria – January 2018. Republished from Rosa Luxemburg New York. Evgeny Morozov and Francesca Bria: Following the celebration of the “creative city” (as described by Richard Florida), the “smart city” has become the new flavor of the month—and a brand. It makes clever use of resources, and it attracts money,… Continue reading

Open 2018: Building the cooperative cloud

Wouter Tebbens, Co-Founder and President of the Free Knowledge Institute; Chris Croome from UK co-op Webarchitects; Alexandre Bourlier and Sophie Rocher from  discuss their work developing a suite of cooperatively owned and managed open source tools to rival Google and Apple; a shared technical infrastructure to enable co-operators to move away from data harvesting monopolies. The co-op cloud project is one… Continue reading

OPEN 2018 – Review

What happened at OPEN 2018? Nathan Schneider kicked things off with an excellent introduction explaining some of the history of cooperative ownership. Nathan also questioned where our movement sits relative to the mainstream, for-profit startup world, and in what way the development of platform co-ops and member owned businesses are disruptive … Lynne Davis, CEO… Continue reading

Economics back into Cryptoeconomics

Republished from Dick Bryan, Benjamin Lee, Robert Wosnitzer, Akseli Virtanen* The mounting literature on cryptoeconomics shows an interesting but also alarming characteristic: its underlying economics is remarkably conventional and conservative. It is surely an anomaly that many people who have gone outside the mainstream to disrupt and develop new visions of the future and… Continue reading

Budapest, Hungary: Cargo-Bikes Reduce Transport Emissions, Build Alternative Economy

Since 2015, Budapest-based Cargonomia has acted as a sustainable urban transport centre and local organic food distribution point through its cargo-bike messenger service, bicycle-building cooperative, family-scale organic vegetable farm, organic bakery, wine distributor and network of citizen volunteers. The cooperative supplies more than 3,000 food boxes per year, with messengers cycling nearly 18,000 km while… Continue reading

Karissa McKelvey on the Web of Commons

Karissa McKelvey from the Dat Project provides an overview of the new decentralized Internet and the need to insert commons thinking and practices into this new space. This text is based on Karissa’s2017 Full Stack Fest’s keynote and was originally published in the Dat Project’s Blog. Karissa McKelvey:  In the 18th, 19th centuries it was… Continue reading