Date archives "February 2015"

The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture

From Oakland Institute Read the Press Release In Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict, a report released in July 2014, the Oakland Institute exposed how international financial institutions swooped in on the heels of the political upheaval in Ukraine to deregulate and throw open the nation’s vast agricultural sector… Continue reading

A New Alignment of Movements?

In September 2014, the Commons Strategies Group convened a three-day workshop in Meissen, Germany, of 25 policy advocates and activists from a variety of different economic and social movements.  The topic of the “deep dive”:  Can leading alt-economic and social movements find ways to work more closely together?  Can there be a greater convergence and… Continue reading

Call for papers: The Hybrid City DATA TO THE PEOPLE

Source: ABOUT Hybrid City is an international biennial event dedicated to exploring the emergent character of the city and the potential transformative shift of the urban condition, as a result of ongoing developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and of their integration in the urban physical context. It aims to promote dialogue and… Continue reading

Assessing the Greece / Eurogroup negotiations (1): a negative evaluation by Stathis Kouvelakis

The Syriza government will thus have no choice other than to administer the Memorandum framework. The small changes it can make will certainly be improvements, but they will not succeed in transforming the totally disastrous economic and social situation. This will disappoint the hopes and expectations that the popular electorate placed in Syriza. A negative… Continue reading

To Make Hope Possible Rather Than Despair Convincing

Last week I gave an opening lecture at Hampshire College at the launch of its new center for civic activism, the Leadership and Ethical Engagement Project. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how colleges and universities could engage more directly with changing the world — and how the commons could help open up… Continue reading

CAPS Consultation Meeting at Net Futures 2015 Conference

The P2P Foundation is a partner in P2Pvalue which will be presenting at the CAPS Consultation Meeting at Net Futures 2015 Conference on 25 March 2015 in Brussels. P2Pvalue looks at value creation in P2P communities. Source: Come and join us for the CAPS consultation meeting on 25 March 2015 in Brussels. You will… Continue reading

Debating the degrowth alternative

Giorgos Kallis, a prominent scholar on ‘degrowth’, recently wrote an essay that was the subject of debate among members of the Great Transition Initiative network. Below is a comment from STWR’s Rajesh Makwana that responded to the following theme of discussion: is degrowth, as currently formulated, sufficiently rigorous and inclusive to offer the theoretical legitimacy… Continue reading

Guerrilla Translation: Welcome Back, and Looking Forward

Reposted from, my partner Ann Marie Utratel describes Guerrilla Translation’s journey in the last year and gives an overview of our new websites and our plans for 2015. We know it may have seemed as if we’ve been inactive, or even as if we’d given up. Nothing could be further from the truth, so… Continue reading

The New Greek Government Endorses Commons-Based, Peer Production Solutions

All attention in Greece and global financial circles has been understandably focused on the new Greek Government’s fierce confrontation with its implacable European creditors. Less attention has been paid to the Government’s plans to help midwife a new post-capitalist order based on commons and peer production. A commons colleague, John Restakis,wrote about this possibility a… Continue reading

Beyond the market-state: decentralising power in a sharing society

At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society – from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate… Continue reading

Full speed ahead with GNU-Social!!

GNU-Social can become the basis of a whole new free software on distributed architectures, and we want to make our contribution. Almost five years ago, thanks to the Garum Fundatio, we began the development of our first program based on a distributed server architecture: Bazar. There were two objectives: on the one hand, to give… Continue reading