Date archives "March 2012"

#OccupyWallStreet Six Months On: where is it going?

Sociologist Frances Fox Piven and labor organizer Stephen Lerner discuss how Occupy Wall Street could grow into a major political movement: From Democracy’s Now description: “Famed sociologist Frances Fox Piven and labor organizer Stephen Lerner discuss how Occupy Wall Street could grow into a major political movement that draws millions into the streets. “I’m absolutely… Continue reading

How the new forms of common value creation challenge both the market state and state capitalism

These evolving dynamics — the decommodification of common goods through co-governance and the deterritorialization of value through co-production — are shattering the liberal assumptions which underlie state capitalism. The emergence of this new kind of management and valuation for the preservation of natural and social assets is posing a momentous crisis for the Market State,… Continue reading

Project of the Day: FEAST Brooklyn, Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics

FEAST Brooklyn is a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging art makers: At each FEAST, patrons give a $20 donation for which they receive supper and a ballot. Diners spend the evening reviewing a series of project proposals and conversing with the artists behind each idea…. Continue reading

P2P Economics and the role of mutualist phyles: talk at the Winchester School of Arts

Sean Cubitt and Jussi Parikka, two academics at the very top of my list of people I respect, honoured me with an invitation to their school, the Winchester School of Arts. Here’s a record of the talk, focusing on P2P Economics and the role of mutualist phyles … Michel Bauwens at WSA from WSA Global… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Occupy World Street

* Book: Occupy World Street. A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Reform. by Ross Jackson. Chelsea Green, 2012. From the publisher: “Ordinary citizens the world over have long paid the price for the swashbuckling behavior of the corporate and political elite. We’ve seen the reigning establishment widen the gap between rich and poor,… Continue reading

Electronic Countermeasures – a demonstration project at Netherlands GLOW festival

Network-enabling data transfer drones as nomadic communication infrastructure. A project inspired by similar technology developed by the US military to bring networking to countries where governments are being overthrown… Vimeo has the video of this fun project demonstrated at the GLOW festival in the Netherlands last year. Electronic Countermeasures @ GLOW Festival NL 2011 from… Continue reading

Why the P2P Foundation is paying its salaries in Bitcoin

Michel Bauwens and Nicolas Mendoza: The P2P Foundation thinks that readers may be interested in the following recent development. First, one word about the structure of the P2P Foundation. The Foundation is first of all a virtual and physical community of contributors, people who volunteer content for our wiki, blog and other resources. This is… Continue reading

Book of the Day: The role of faith in the creation of a counter-hegemony for the commons

* Book: Faith of the Faithless. Simon Critchley. In an interview with the excellent STIR magazine, the author explains why an attention to faith is an essential attribute to social chance strategies. Excerpt: Q: In The Faith of the Faithless you quote Gramsci as saying: “For socialism to overcome Christianity, it has to become a… Continue reading