Date archives "January 2017"

Illustrating the Solidarity Economy

We’re very happy to share this fantastic poster, with text by Caroline Woolard and an illustration by Jeff Warren. The poster is also available in Spanish and Mandarin. The following text is extracted from What practices and places can we rely on and strengthen in the years to come? What might be called an… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Envisioning Real Utopias, by Erik Olin Wright

Erik Olin Wright. Envisioning Real Utopias (London and New York: Verso, 2010). Although this book covers much of the same ground, and does much of the same work, as autonomist and post-capitalist theories like Hardt and Negri’s Commonwealth and Mason’s Postcapitalism, Olin-Wright comes from the entirely different tradition of analytical Marxism. This school approaches Marxist… Continue reading

Understanding the current blocked ‘world conjuncture’, and why it produces ‘global Trumpism’

This is one of the most clear-eyed analyses of I have seen on the state of global empire to date, and why it produces populist reactions on both the left (Syriza/Podemos) and the right (Trump, etc ..). We recommend watching at least the first fifty minutes of this stellar presentation by Mark Blyth. At the… Continue reading

Why producing in common is the starting point

It would seem that the whole history of technology, with all its social and political challenges, has coalesced to put us within reach of the possibility of developing ourselves and contributing autonomy to our community by taking the leap to producing in common with those close to us. If we study the productive reality of… Continue reading

From the communism of capital to capital for the commons

A paradox: the more “communist” the sharing license used in the digital commons (no restrictions on sharing), the more capitalist the practice (multinationals can use it for free). Written by Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis: Two prominent social progressive movements are faced with a few contradictions and a paradox. On the one side, we observe… Continue reading

Yochai Benkler on Advancing Towards an Open Social Economy

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. (34 MINS) Yochai Benkler – Democratic capitalism is in crisis. Brexit and the Trump nomination marked victories for xenophobic economic nationalism that would have been unimaginable in these two bastions of free trade, globalization, and… Continue reading

Take Back the Music – With Platform Coops

Francesca Pick: At least since Taylor Swift pulled her music off Spotify in 2014, entrepreneurs have been working on a new generation of music streaming services that compensate artists fairly. An interview with Resonate founder Peter Harris, who is determined to make the music industry more transparent, fair, and inclusive. Francesca Pick: “Get paid for every… Continue reading

Commons-Based Peer Production in a Nutshell

Commons-based peer production (CBPP) is a new and increasingly significant model of social innovation based on collaborative production by citizens through the Internet. This project will foster the CBPP phenomenon by providing a techno-social software platform specifically designed to facilitate the creation of resilient and sustainable CBPP communities. As part of the project, we… Continue reading

What the P2P Foundation did in 2016

In case you didn’t catch the original, published last week in Commons Transition, here is our 2016 review: Welcome to our annual overview! 2016 has been widely acknowledged as a difficult year, and although we’ve had our share of hardship, it turned to be a very productive period for the P2P Foundation and the wider… Continue reading

The Open Source School Redefines Education in Italy

Alessia Clusini: Threading elements of the great educational experiments of Bauhaus and Roycroft Community models together with Pierre Levy’s modern definition of “collective intelligence,” La Scuola Open Source (The Open Source School) embodies the principles of the sharing movement. Its success hinges on cooperative work, co-design, shared skills, and an open source culture. The school’s 13 co-founders… Continue reading

Project Of The Day: Green Map

As socially conscious people around the world adopt ethical, open and sustainable lifestyles, they are collaborating to support one another. One collaborative trend is the formation of certification organizations. B Corp and Organic foods are examples. Startups in these sectors can organize themselves based on existing standards and best practices. Another trend is organizations forming… Continue reading

Commons based technology: a glimpse inside l’Atelier Paysan

This post originally appeared on greenhorns Commons based technology: a glimpse inside l’Atelier Paysan Farmer, tool hacker, organizer, and self styled agricultural anthropologist (and, we’re proud to say, a GH blog editor) Samuel Oslund takes us on a journey into les Rencontres de l’Atelier Paysan. Les Rencontres is a yearly gathering of farmers from across… Continue reading

Women in P2P: Interview with Mayo Fuster Morell

Interview with Mayo Fuster Morell  By Rachel O’Dwyer Mayo Fuster Morell is the Dimmons director of research on collaborative economy at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the Open University of Catalonia. Additionally, she is faculty affiliated at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and at Institute of Govern and Public Policies… Continue reading

Build democracy and it spreads like a virus

Olivier Sylvester-Bradley: A Q&A on Platform Co-ops with Nathan Schneider, as part of our focus on Platform Co-ops and the forthcoming open2017 conference. openDemocracy offers you a 10% partner discount to the event here. In 2015, Nathan co-organised “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference in New York, which kick started a wave of global discussion about online… Continue reading

Patterns of Commoning: Our Ways of Knowing: Women Protect Common Forest Rights in Rajasthan

Soma K P and Richa Audichya: Nichlagarh, an adivasi village in the forest region of Southern Rajasthan, is caught between the bureaucratic regime of the Forestry Department (FD) of India and progressive legislation that claims to restore the traditional rights of commoners. While the state has its own ideas about how villagers should manage their forest… Continue reading

Activism Revisited: Personal reflections on trying to make a difference

This post originally appeared on “If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do […] HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO?” —R. Buckminster Fuller “We cannot individually comprehend the range, depth and detail of the consequences we are collectively generating for… Continue reading