The Open Source School Redefines Education in Italy

Alessia Clusini: Threading elements of the great educational experiments of Bauhaus and Roycroft Community models together with Pierre Levy’s modern definition of “collective intelligence,” La Scuola Open Source (The Open Source School) embodies the principles of the sharing movement. Its success hinges on cooperative work, co-design, shared skills, and an open source culture. The school’s 13 co-founders… Continue reading

Project Of The Day: Green Map

As socially conscious people around the world adopt ethical, open and sustainable lifestyles, they are collaborating to support one another. One collaborative trend is the formation of certification organizations. B Corp and Organic foods are examples. Startups in these sectors can organize themselves based on existing standards and best practices. Another trend is organizations forming… Continue reading

Build democracy and it spreads like a virus

This post by Olivier Sylvester-Bradley originally appeared on A Q&A on Platform Co-ops with Nathan Schneider, as part of our focus on Platform Co-ops and the forthcoming open2017 conference. openDemocracy offers you a 10% partner discount to the event here. In 2015, Nathan co-organised “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference in New York, which kick started… Continue reading

Patterns of Commoning: Our Ways of Knowing: Women Protect Common Forest Rights in Rajasthan

Soma K P and Richa Audichya: Nichlagarh, an adivasi village in the forest region of Southern Rajasthan, is caught between the bureaucratic regime of the Forestry Department (FD) of India and progressive legislation that claims to restore the traditional rights of commoners. While the state has its own ideas about how villagers should manage their forest… Continue reading

Why did Syriza surrender?

The great failure of Syriza in carrying out its anti-austerity program and surrendering to the neoliberal dictates of the EU and the Troika signals a wider failure of progressive politics. In these excerpts from a real in-depth conversation and interview, George Souvlis asked an active participant, Andreas Karitzis, “what went wrong”? * George Souvlis: On… Continue reading

Xnet installs a Whistleblowing Platform against corruption for the City Hall of Barcelona – powered by GlobaLeaks and TOR friendly

Video of the press conference: Xnet, an activist project which has been working on and for networked democracy and digital rights since 2008, launches in the Barcelona City Hall the first public Anti-Corruption Complaint Box using anonymity protection technology like TOR and GlobaLeaks (“Bústia Ètica” in Catalan). With this pioneering project, the Barcelona City… Continue reading

Project Of The Day: the Seikatsu Clubs

According to the International Cooperative Alliance 77 million Japanese are members of cooperatives.  Seikatsu Club formed half a century ago when there were Japan had no specific laws enabling the cooperative legal structure.  Women committed to improving life for their families and their communities began collaborating. The result is an umbrella organization touching local production,… Continue reading

2017 and “Killer Apps” for the Transition

On the Open Manufacturing Google Group, an email list for people interested in open-source industrial design and commons-based peer production models for physical production, Nathan Cravens raised the question of why peer-production of physical goods has had such a hard time gaining traction as an alternative to the corporate capitalist model: Open source projects seem… Continue reading