Date archives "January 2017"

Platform Cooperativism: A truncated “cooperativism” for millennials?

“Platform cooperativism” is a truncated version of cooperativism. If we want to conquer work to reconquer life, we must not fear life and try to protect ourselves from it, but embrace it. Yesterday, we talked for a long time about the video above. It’s worth watching. Sinek’s thesis is that the culture of adherence “hooks”… Continue reading

An “Open Source Insurgency” Against Trump?

In movements like the struggle for economic justice or against the authoritarian state (Occupy, Black Lives Matter, etc.), we usually see arguments for “diversity of tactics” made by radicals against liberal criticism of black block tactics like smashing windows and things of that sort. There’s still a lot of that kind of criticism, obviously —… Continue reading

Top P2P Trends of 2016, Part One: What is replacing neo-liberal globalization?

It took us more time than usual to craft our annual review of trends, but as time presses on, here is part one. It covers three important trends in 2016: * Making sense and countering the Trump Insurgency * The struggle for the appropriate scale of a new world order: Localization, Global Nomadic Structures, and… Continue reading

Infrastructural gap: Commons, state and anthropology

A research article by Dimitris Dalakoglou published at City. Abstract An infrastructural gap (IG) emerged after the outbreak of the crisis in 2008 and it refers to the difficulty of the state and the private sector in sustaining the level of infrastructural networks in the Western world. Yet, infrastructures comprise the realm where the state… Continue reading

EU Committee Releases Report on Regulating the Collaborative Economy

Cross-posted from Shareable. Neal Gorenflo: Last year, LabGov, a think tank and action platform focused on the urban commons that’s based in Rome, Italy, asked us to provide feedback on the draft of an opinion report on how to regulate the collaborative economy. The effort was spearheaded by Benedetta Brighenti — vice mayor of Castelnuovo Rangone — for the European Committee of the Regions. It was clear… Continue reading

On Muslim Bans, Borders and What Home Means

no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying- leave, run away from me now i dont know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere is safer than here Warsan Shire There is something more lasting, more threatening, more monstrous than the figure of a fire-breathing enemy in the… Continue reading

What do we do about Trump…

The election of Donald Trump has left millions, maybe even billions of us in shock. Although we may be looking with bewilderment at the US today, we should remember that he is not an isolated phenomenon. He is a symptom of a sickness that is raging all around the world. People are hurting, disillusioned with… Continue reading

Aging in Community: Inside the Senior Cohousing Movement

Cross-posted from Shareable. Cat Johnson: For seniors who want to age in a supportive community environment, cohousing is an exciting alternative to traditional options such as retirement homes and assisted living centers. In senior cohousing spaces, rather than relying on administrators, people rely on each other to lend a hand when needed and provide much-needed social engagement. We… Continue reading

Marisa Morán Jahn on CareForce

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. (14 Mins) Marisa Morán Jahn, Studio REV — Initiated by artist Marisa Morán Jahn (Studio REV-) with the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Caring Across Generations, the CareForce is a transmedia, public art project, web… Continue reading

Transition to Cooperative Commonwealth Synergia Summer Institute July 2017

Synergia Summer Institute Monte Ginezzo, Tuscany, Italy July 10 – 21, 2017 Transition to Co-operative Commonwealth: Pathways to a new political economy For all those interested in exploring a new vision for political economy and a progressive alternative to Austerity and Reaction, please see attached the brochure, registration form and draft program for the Synergia… Continue reading

Patterns of Commoning: Terre de Liens: Experiencing and Managing Farmland as Commons

By Véronique Rioufol and Sjoerd Wartena:  A feeling of joy and achievement runs through the group of ten people gathered in Robert’s kitchen. After three years of planning, they have come to celebrate: Ingrid and Fabien will soon be able to settle down and develop their farming business. The farm is theirs! In this small,… Continue reading

French Development Agency Champions the Commons as New Vision for Development

The word “development” has long been associated with the Western project of promoting technological and economic “progress” for the world’s marginalized countries.  The thinking has been:  With enough support to build major infrastructure projects, expand private property rights, and build market regimes, the poor nations of Africa, Latin America and Asia can escape their poverty… Continue reading

Without Commons, there is no Community; without Community, there is no Commons

Reflections on the Commons Space at the World Social Forum in Montreal 2016 Originally published : For many months I’ve intended to write an article on the Commons Space at the World Social Forum (WSF) which took place in Montreal in August of 2016. Leaving 2016 behind and looking forward to 2017 I feel… Continue reading

Francesca Bria on Barcelona’s Strategy for Technological Sovereignty

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. Cities and Technological Sovereignty 3 – Barcelona’s Strategy for Technological Sovereignty: Winning Back Technology for the People (14 mins) Francesca Bria – While the platform economy has a clear potential to generate economic impact, there… Continue reading

Turning Brazil in an Open Knowledge Society

Olivier Alais writes this inspiring call advocating for an Open Knowledge Society approach to 21st century Brazil, much like our own proposals in the Commons Transition Project: Today Brazil is the ninth largest economy in the world and the largest in Latin America. With an Internet penetration rate of almost 60%, including 42 million inhabitants with 4G… Continue reading

The UBI Bait and Switch

Continuing the conversation on Universal Basic Income, the following article by by Matt Bruenig, Antti Jauhiainen, & Joona-Hermanni Mäkinen was originally published on Jacobin. Finland’s UBI experiment serves as a cautionary tale for basic income proponents on the Left. Earlier this month, Finland launched its much-anticipated universal basic income (UBI) experiment. Media accounts of the… Continue reading