Date archives "September 2017"

Patterns for Decentralised Governance and why Blockchain Doesn’t Decentralise Power… Unless You Design It To

I  recently gave a talk at the re:publica conference in Dublin. Every time I go to one of these internet-and-society conferences I get very grumpy about the blockchain hype, so today I used my stage time to spell out my grumpiness. Here’s what I said… Civilisation ❤️ trusted databases It might help to think of blockchain as… Continue reading

Dmytri Kleiner on the workings of a Venture Commune

Guerrilla Translation’s transcript of the 2013 C-Realm Podcast Bauwens/Kleiner/Trialogue prefigures many of the directions the P2P Foundation has taken in later years. To honor its relevance we’re curating special excerpts from each of the three authors. For our third and final extract, Venture Communist and Miscommunication specialist, Dymtri Kleiner offers a proposal to answer the… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: The Right to the Co-City

A recently published article at the Italian Journal of Public Law, authored by Christian Iaione. Abstract “This study is an effort to contribute to the current urban studies debate on the way to conceptualize the city by advancing a rights-based approach and to suggest that to build such vision one needs to reconceive the city… Continue reading

Can Community Capital Finance the Next Generation of Farmers?

Christina Oatfield: After the 2008 economic recession, banks were more conservative about lending and the general public was more aware of the flaws in our financial institutions and related regulations. Since then, small businesses, start-ups, nonprofits, investors, and ordinary folks with modest savings have shown growing interest in fundraising strategies such as crowdfunding, crowdinvesting, direct… Continue reading

Book of the day: Perspectives on Commoning

Perspectives on Commoning: Autonomist Principles and Practices. Edited by Guido Ruivenkamp and Andy Hilton. Perspectives on Commoning explores the concept of ‘commoning’ as social practice, and the potential of the commons to provide a new left alternative. In the wake of socialism’s demise and liberalism’s loss of direction, new ideas are needed for the next… Continue reading

W3C abandons consensus, standardizes DRM, EFF resigns

Shocking, and disappointing news. Reposted from Boing Boing. Cory Doctorow: In July, the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium overruled dozens of members’ objections to publishing a DRM standard without a compromise to protect accessibility, security research, archiving, and competition. EFF appealed the decision, the first-ever appeal in W3C history, which concluded last week… Continue reading

Michel Bauwens on the pitfalls of start-up culture

Guerrilla Translation’s transcript of the 2013 C-Realm Podcast Bauwens/Kleiner/Trialogue prefigures many of the directions the P2P Foundation has taken in later years. To honor its relevance we’re curating special excerpts from each of the three authors. In this second extract, Michel Bauwens talks about the disconnect between young idealistic developers and the business models many… Continue reading

If we can have P2P economics, why not P2P spirituality?

Is it possible to peer produce spiritual experience and insight, just as knowledge, software and code for computers are peer produced by communities of self-organizing individuals? If so, does this matter? My answer is yes. Spirituality consists of socially-constructed worldviews that may no longer be appropriate to the time and space in which we live…. Continue reading

Don’t Be Scared About The End Of Capitalism–Be Excited To Build What Comes Next

Jason Hickel and Martin Kirk: These are fast-changing times. Old certainties are collapsing around us and people are scrambling for new ways of being in the world. As we pointed out in a recent article, 51% of young people in the United States no longer support the system of capitalism. And a solid 55% of… Continue reading

Join us in Madrid for the next European Commons Assembly

The next European Commons Assembly will be in Madrid in October. You can still be a part of it: Click here to join. In cooperation with the Transeuropa Festival and MediaLab Prado, the assembly features 4 days of workshops, visits to local commons initiatives, debates, talks, art and parties in the heart of Madrid. An… Continue reading

John Restakis on the emergence of social care coops

Guerrilla Translation’s transcript of the 2013 C-Realm Podcast Bauwens/Kleiner/Trialogue prefigures many of the directions the P2P Foundation has taken in later years. To honor its relevance we’re curating special excerpts from each of the three authors. First up, John Restakis describes the transformation of the traditional cooperative model into today’s growing Social Coop movement. John… Continue reading

Culture eats coops for breakfast

How evolving organisational culture in cooperatives is a powerful lever to create the new social paradigm the world needs. This article is based on a presentation given at Disrupting the Disruptors Platform Coop conference, 9 September 2017, Toronto. Chloe Waretini: You might have heard the saying ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast.’ It’s the idea that… Continue reading

How Food Assembly Created a Sustainable, Community-driven Food Sharing System in Europe

Nithin Coca: The first “Ruche,” or Food Assembly, took place in La Fauga, France, near the city of Toulouse, in September 2011 and took off from there. It was a space where consumers could meet food producers and pick up produce that they had previously ordered online. Since then, it has grown into a robust network… Continue reading

Degrowth in Movements: Radical Ecological Democracy

By Ashish Kothari; originally posted on Degrowth.de The podcast starts in German, but the interview starting after 42 seconds is in English. About the authors and their positions Ashish Kothari is a member of Kalpavriksh, which has been working on environment and development issues in India since 1979. He is also on the steering committee… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: For Peace, People and Planet.

For Peace, People and Planet: A civil Society Perspective on the next EU Research Framework Programme (FP9).  Ensuring investments address pressing social & environmental challenges. The research that is prioritised and funded today will have a decisive impact on the future of our societies and our planet. Our societies face immense environmental, social and economic challenges… Continue reading

A Commons Transition Plan for the City of Ghent

The context and structure of the report Executive summary by Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation, research) and Yurek Onzia (project coordination) This study [1] was commissioned and financed by the City of Ghent, a city in northern Flanders with nearly 300,000 inhabitants, with the support of its mayor Daniel Termont, the head of the mayor’s staff,… Continue reading