Catalysing collaboration at scale

The video above is a recording of a webinar exploring how to catalyse collaboration at scale. This first event of OPEN 2019 covers the ideas behind The DNA of Collaboration and Harmonious Working Patterns to explore ideas which might help all the people, communities and organisations working on creating a new, decentralised, regenerative economy collaborate better to produce more impact. Panelists:… Continue reading

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too

I frequently encounter a notion, among those drawn to cooperatives, that a cooperative should be an amorphous, faceless collective in which old-world skills and norms of leadership can be discarded. How does this work out for them? Not well. Usually one of two entirely predictable things happens as a result — and generally both. One is a tyranny… Continue reading

Call for abstracts: The Network Society Today

The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the Information Age Trilogy “Manuel Castells The Information Age Trilogy has been one of the most influential works to understand the societal change in the awake of the digital revolution of the last decades. It is, as Frank Webster (2002: 97) points out, one of “the most illuminating, imaginative and intellectually rigorous account of the… Continue reading

David Harvey on Primitive Accumulation and the Enclosure of the Commons

Originally available via Democracy at Work as part of the “Anti-Capitalist Chronicles” series. This episode: ‘Primitive or Original Accumulation’. From Democracy at Work To our Patreon community: thank you for supporting David Harvey’s Anti-Capitalist Chronicles on Patreon! Your support helps us compensate the staff and additional workers it takes to put an episode together. Thank… Continue reading

Open-source licensing war: Commons Clause

A new open-source license addendum, Commons Clause, has lawyers, developers, businesses, and open-source supporters fighting with each other. Written Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source, originally posted on ZDNet on August 28, 2018 Most people wouldn’t know an open-source license from their driver’s license. For those who work with open-source software, it’s a different story. Open-source license fights… Continue reading

Book of the Day: A Movement of Movements

A Movement of MovementsIs Another World Really Possible?Edited by Tom Mertes Charts the strategic thinking behind the movements challenging neoliberal globalization. A Movement of Movements charts the strategic thinking behind the mosaic of movements currently challenging neoliberal globalization. Leading theorists and activists—the Zapatistas’ Subcomandante Marcos, Chittaroopa Palit from the Indian Narmada Valley dam protests, Soweto anti-privatization campaigner… Continue reading

What Enspiral can teach us about how to run a company with no boss

Darren Sharp interviews Alana Irving about “Better Work Together”, a compendium of distributed leadership strategies prototyped at Enspiral. Cross-posted from Shareable.net Darren Sharp: How do you create a viable business or organization without a hierarchy? Enspiral, an entrepreneurial collective based in Wellington, New Zealand, has been working to answer this question since 2010. Started as… Continue reading

What if Workers Owned Their Workplaces?

The cooperative movement is showing that worker-owned businesses can not only survive, but thrive. By Michelle Chen Can good values be good business, too? For generations, the cooperative movement has been answering with a resounding “Yes!” After a surge of entrepreneurial fervor following the 2007 economic collapse, cooperative ventures are even getting a nod from our… Continue reading

Arts Catalyst Event in London, UK – Towards the planetary commons: reimagining infrastructures for autonomy

Marwa Arsanios | Paloma Polo | Lorenzo Sandoval | They Are Here 12.00pm, Thu 23 May 2019 – 6.00pm, Sat 3 August 2019 Arts Catalyst74-76 Cromer StreetLondonWC1H 8DR FURTHER INFORMATION Free, no need to book we-are-in-this together-but-we-are-not-one-and-the-same” — Rosi Braidotti Towards the Planetary Commons is a new exhibition investigating agency and autonomy in the face of global ecological crises. Encompassing artist film, an… Continue reading