Date archives "October 2016"

A New Economy: Can Cooperation Save the World?

A New Economy Film Premiere Big things happen when humanity is at the core of business. A New Economy is a feature documentary that asks, “Can cooperation save the world?” What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model? Watch, as several organizations strive towards building a more cooperative… Continue reading

Patterns of Commoning: How We Can Bring About a Language of Commoning

By Silke Helfrich1 The neighborhood I live in still sleeps and works according to the rhythm of companies that earned their reputations in the nineteenth century. It’s very late at night. A chat window pops up on my computer: Helmut Leitner is still awake, too. He had spent three months working through our volume The… Continue reading

Hacktivism, Infrastructures and Legal Frameworks in Community Networks: The Italian Case of

An article on community networks by Stefano Crabu, Federica Giovanella, Leonardo Maccari, and Paolo Magaudda. Abstract: “Community Networks (CN) are an emerging world-wide phenomenon that is receiving growing attention from a number of different disciplines. A CN is an infrastructure for digital communication, an alternative to the mainstream approach of commercial Internet Service Providers (ISPs)…. Continue reading

Architecture as a Process & Spaces for the Soul – A documentary about Christopher Alexander

Fantastic documentary about the work of Christopher Alexander, explaining why architecture should be a process founded upon feeling. Please, people of Hurdal in Norway, make sure you make your new urban village an all including process of architecture, filling it with spaces for the soul. The best possible start for your project would be a “Pattern… Continue reading

The Lid is Off: Transparency in the age of transition

It is getting harder to keep a secret these days. The collective shadow of our society, once safely relegated to the dark basement of the unmentionable, is now exposed to daylight, forcing us to face our contradictions. I’ll offer three examples: Donald Trump’s leaked recordings, Hillary Clinton’s emails and Wall Street speeches, and the endless… Continue reading

Open Source Business Models for Circular Economy Video Series (2)

VIDEO 2 – Circularity & Brands, Everything Open? From a Video Series about ‘Open Source Business Models for Circular Economy’ – produced for the Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCEdays).  See our original post on Open Source Circular Economy Days  for the complete set of resources: tool downloads, explanations, videos, script, links. Circularity & Brands,… Continue reading

New Special Issue at JoPP: “Alternative Internets”

Journal of Peer Production’s issue #9 on “Alternative Internets” is out, and it includes a very diverse list of contributions, which each in their own ways point towards a more democratic and more inclusive Internet. From the Introduction: “The hopes of past generations of hackers weigh like a delirium on the brains of the newbies…. Continue reading

Michel Bauwens on Reputation and its role in the Commons

A very recent podcast interview with the P2P Foundation’s Michel Bauwens conducted by Frederick Malouf from The QSE. Regarding the interview, Frederick notes that “… the main objective is to present what P2P can achieve and how to do it, so emphasising reputation is critical, especially as a means of managing the commons, as well… Continue reading

The quiet revolution: community buyback in Wanlockhead, Scotland

Is the Scottish government truly sparking a revolution through land reform? We’re usually talking about communities creating commons, often in spite of government.  Thanks to the valuable writing of many contributors to this movement we are bolstered by community action.   The Occupy movement is a case in point. In Wellington, New Zealand, one continuation of the… Continue reading

Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Home Building Cheap, Easy and Green

Kelly McCartney: As open source advocates and newlyweds, Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back. In the process, they have been developing an entirely open-source toolkit that makes the design and construction of eco-friendly, off-grid modular housing easier, cheaper, and faster through use of modular designs, rapid-build construction, social production, locally-sourced materials, and open-source machines…. Continue reading

Team Human 5: Andy Bichlbaum on Playful Resistance   Playing for Team Human today: Andy Bichlbaum of the infamous Yes Men, the world’s most accomplished working culture hackers, responsible for devastating satirical attacks on Dow Chemical, Halliburton, Exxon, the US Chamber of Commerce, Dupont, and others. Bichlbaum is going to share with us the secret to fighting against even violent oppression with… Continue reading

URSUS FACTORY PROJECT. Democratic Turn through Art (2)

Reflection on the relationship between artistic practices and the quality of democracy illustrated by Political Critique’s activities in Ursus – a post-industrial district of Warsaw, Poland. This piece by Igor Stokfiszewski was originally published on PoliticalCritique. This is the second part of Igor Stokfiszewski’s analysis of activities conducted in Ursus – a post-industrial district of… Continue reading

Keynes, “the Good Life” and abundance

A translation of Juan Urrutía’s notes for his keynote at Somero 2016 Juan Urrutía: Good morning to everyone, and welcome to this poor mountainside in beautiful Madrid [province]. I am sorry I wasn’t able to arrive yesterday and even more sorry I won’t be able to stay and sleep here tonight. I’m sorry because “conversation” has taken… Continue reading

Project Of The Day: Platform Design Toolkit

Recently, I attended a conference on Community Land Trusts. One of the elective workshops aimed to help non-profit land trusts develop additional businesses. The model for developing business ideas was taken from a book (Business Model Generation) written collaboratively by over 400 practitioners. One trend in business models is platforms. Airbnb and Uber built extractive… Continue reading

Data as a common in the sharing economy: a general policy proposal

The platform cooperativism movement, which brings about the best societal effects of the so called ‘sharing economy’, is on the rise. Nonetheless, it is far from being popular and nothing indicates that it will. In this paper we investigate the economic mechanisms through which dominant platforms remain dominant and hinder the development of alternative platform… Continue reading

Upcoming documentary on “3D Printing Revolution”

“3D Printing Revolution is a thought provoking new documentary film in production by Brian Federal and Prana Communications. The Film documents the history and development of this fascinating technology and offers a glimpse into the future impact it will have on our lives. 3D printing technology is the most important development in manufacturing since the… Continue reading