Date archives "June 2015"

A Introduction to the Basic P2P Ideas; Part 3: P2P Economics.

Over the last ten years, the P2P Foundation has produced a sizeable body of material, both original and curated, but none of it is specifically designed as an introduction for newcomers and people who are not so familiar with the P2P approach. Hence Irma Wilson‘s proposal, during a trip which FutureSharp helped organize in South… Continue reading

Common Libraries’ National Library Science Experiment Concludes

An update from our good friend Annemarie Naylor on Common Libraries recent activities working with library authorities around the country. Originally published at the Common Libraries Website The Common Libraries initiative was established to ‘prototype the library of the future – today’ – to explore, develop and test new ways of working with library users, to… Continue reading

In support of the “No” in the Greek Referendum: 1) Jerome Roos

Sunday’s referendum will mark a defining moment in Greece’s modern history and a decisive turn for Europe’s neoliberal project. The choice is very clear. Five years after the people of Greece first rose up against the anti-democratic imposition of the Troika’s austerity measures, they have finally been given the chance to decide upon their own… Continue reading

Michel Bauwens: The Transition Will Not Be Smooth Sailing

We present an English translation of the original interview in French conducted by Arthur de Grave. Cross-posted from OuiShare. Translation by Clement Defontaine. Originally published at Shareable Magazine Michel Bauwens is one of the pioneers of the peer-to-peer movement. Theoretician, activist, and public speaker, he founded the P2P Foundation in 2005. His work, both rich and complex,… Continue reading

150 Years after the first call: How do you abolish the wages system by degrees?

Tom Walker writes that “June 27, 2015 is the one-hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Marx’s call for the abolition of the wages system — a fitting occasion for renewing that call”, and he cites: – We do not forget that we are fighting with effects, but not with the causes of those effects; that we… Continue reading

How can we better identify idle resources for the p2p economy ?

A thought capsule from Eric Hunting: “I’ve been pondering lately the question of alternative resources and how they might be sought, catalogued, and developed. One of the often overlooked aspects of P2P is that it was founded in the discovery of a global resource overlooked by the market. That resource was passion and its margin… Continue reading

Bologna Celebrates One Year of a Bold Experiment in Urban Commoning

Reposted from Shareable Magazine, Neal Gorenflo describes the one year anniversary of The Bologna Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of the Urban Commons, a unique city policy that has turned “no you can’t” into “yes we can together.” It all began with park benches. In 2011, a group of women in Bologna, Italy wanted to… Continue reading

Bologna, a Laboratory for Urban Commoning

Anarchist anthropologist David Graeber argues in his recent book, The Utopia of Rules,that bureaucracy is the standard mechanism in contemporary life for coercing people to comply with the top-down priorities of institutions, especially corporations and government.  Anyone concerned with the commons, therefore, must eventually address the realities of bureaucratic power and the feasible alternatives. Is… Continue reading

Who are the agents of alternatives today ?

“an independently published open book exploring the visions, actions, tools and impacts of change agents, thinkers and ‘happeners’. Excerpted from the introduction to the wonderfully edited and designed book: * Book: Agents of Alternatives – Re-designing Our Realities. Ed. by Alastair Fuad-Luke, Anja-Lisa Hirscher and Katharina Moebus. Agents of Alternatives e.V., 2015 By Anja-Lisa Hirscher… Continue reading

Platforms as the new bureaucracy , or beyond towards non-bureaucratic organizations ?

Clear signs tell us that, today, organizations that embraced a post-industrial transformation and defeated the bureaucracy and rigidity of linear business models are the masters of the market. Excerpted from an excellent discussion of the implications of David Graeber’s new book, the Utopia of Rules, by Simone Cicero: (we recommend reading the whole essay!) ““Only”… Continue reading