Date archives "October 2015"

Directory of Decentralised Tech

The excellent Re-Decentralize project presents: “A collection of interesting new networks and tech aiming at decentralisation (in some form).” It includes well-known projects such as Bitcoin and Ethereum alongside some lesser known but up-and-coming things like and OpenBazaar. Well worth a look; maybe your next project could be less reliant on centralised tech than… Continue reading

3 Highlights from the Somero Sharing Cities conference 2015 in Gijon, Spain

Shareable’s Neal Gorenflo recounts the high points of the recent Somero 2015 event in Gijón Spain. Here’s the original article   Somero 2015’s five days of workshops, hackathons, and keynotes concluded successfully last Sunday. Hosted by Las Indias Coop, Shareable, the Free Software Foundation, the Gijon town council, and the Spanish government, one of Somero 2015’s… Continue reading

Ubiquitous Commons Imagines a P2P Revolution in Rural Italy

Reposted from Shareable, Anna Bergren Miller gives us the latest from the ever-active Ubiquitous Commons crew. The commons are in the midst of a “double transition,” write Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico, the team behind projects including Art is Open Source, Human Ecosystems, and, most recently, Ubiquitous Commons. On the one hand, the resources at… Continue reading

From Firms to Platforms to Commons

Republished from Esko Kilpi: “Many people see peer-to-peer platforms as game changers in the world of work with the potential of reinventing the economy and giving individuals the power of the corporation. Others are sceptical and warn that the new architectures of participation and choice are in reality architectures of exploitation, giving rise to a… Continue reading

A Holonic Resource Planner for Open Value Networks Using the Blockchain

Lawrence Qholloi presents an important project in the context of a biomimicry design award: This project is “an open source software design to the Biomimicry Global Food Systems Design Challenge and we made it to the finals. Even though it is a food systems challenge, the design is applicable to any kind of commons based… Continue reading

Project of the Day: Towards Social Plastic with the Plastic Bank currency

Interesting recycling project: “The Plastic Bank is turning plastic waste into a currency that can be exchanged to help lift people out of poverty & transition them into a self-sustaining life of entrepreneurship. We are setting up re-purposing / exchange centers for plastic waste in area that have high concentration of poverty and plastic pollution…. Continue reading

What is the coming Fourth Singularity of our universe ?

There will soon be four singularities of the universe, building on the achievements of the first three, argues Olivier Auber in a brilliant essay. Some backgrond first: – the first Singularity of the Universe (the alleged Big Bang). – the second Singularity that took place on earth and probably on billions of other planets: the… Continue reading

The Ten Commandments of Peer Production and Commons Economics

This is an important synthesis of ten years of research at the P2P Foundation, on the emerging practices of the new productive communities and the ethical entrepreneurial coalitions that create livelihoods for shared resources. I’m working with Neal Gorenflo of Shareable on a more accessible version for a broader public, but this one is for… Continue reading

Bologna. The relational ecosystems of the city becomes a commons

Human Ecosystems (HE) is an international city based project running from 2013. Its main goal is to explore the mutation of public spaces in cities, designing performative strategies to promote citizen participation and ubiquitous, peer-to-peer innovation processes, in which citizens and other types of urban dwellers are able to use the city’s infoscape: its informational landscape. The project… Continue reading

Freedom of Expression vs Access to Information

Freedom of expression is the right to not suffer retaliation for what is said or published but it does not give us the right to force anyone to listen, publish or disseminate what we say. The perverse effects that private monopolies like Twitter, Facebook or Google are having on the global conversation and the right… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Oligarchies of the World Unite

* Essay: Oligarchies of the World Unite. By Kees van der Pijl. From the Abstract: “The argument of this paper is that after the crisis of 2008 which has turned into an enduring stagnation amidst proliferating violence, capitalist property relations are increasingly being upheld by authoritarian means. The mode of production and social organisation, including… Continue reading