Date archives "January 2018"

Countering the Fabrication Divide: The Third Digital Revolution and Class, Race, Gender and Ecological Limitations

By Kali Akuno and Gyasi Williams, for Cooperation Jackson and the Community Production Cooperative: The Third Digital Revolution[1], a revolution in cyber-physical integration and personal fabrication, is changing the world, and changing humanity, culturally and physically, in the process. The Third Digital Revolution is marked by technological and knowledge breakthroughs that build on the first two… Continue reading

Climate Crisis and the State of Disarray

William C. Anderson: We are indebted to the Earth. Our gracious host has provided us with more than enough resources to live, grow and prosper over time. But throughout history, and especially in the modern capitalist era, some have let their desire for more become a perilous dedication to conquest. The urge to make other… Continue reading

Toward an Ethical ICO

It’s the wild west out there, folks! Every week new ICOs are riding the wave of the crypto craze. Billions of dollars worth of investments this year… Yet many don’t know about the darker dynamics fueling the process. Why is so much flowing into these offerings? Could it be that exchanges can’t cash out the… Continue reading

Patterns of Commoning: Voyaging in the Sea of Ikarian Commons and Beyond

Maria Bareli-Gaglia: Our story begins in 2006, during my fieldwork at the Greek island of Ikaria in the Aegean sea, when I picked up a hitchhiker, a woman named Frosini. As we began to talk, we realized that we were both anthropologists riding in the same car. This encounter was the start of a discussion… Continue reading

Book of the Day: General Theory of the Precariat

Alex Foti, General Theory of the Precariat—Great Recession, Revolution, Reaction, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2017. (Free download) Description “From the fast-food industry to the sharing economy, precarious work has become the norm in contemporary capitalism, like the anti-globalization movement predicted it would. . It investigates the political economy of precarity and the historical sociology… Continue reading

Loconomics Gives Gig Workers an Alternative to Investor-Owned Platforms

Cross-posted from Shareable. Nithin Coca: Loconomics is a platform cooperative that allows service professionals working in areas like dog walking, home care, child care, massage therapy, and tutoring to connect and offer their services on a platform that they own. Founded by Joshua Danielson in 2012, Loconomics, which is based in San Francisco, California, aims to… Continue reading

Designing Ecosystem Flows for a Responsible ICO

A few things you might not know about Holo’s ICO strategy. Jean Russel: This week’s #Holochats theme is #responsibility. In that context, I want to share the strategy for Holo’s ICO, and how it is designed to support responsible flows in the ecosystem. [For those interested in knowing more about generating flows, Herman Wagter and… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: The Protection of the Weaker Parties in the Platform Economy

The following essay was written by our colleague Guido Smorto. It will be published in the forthcoming Cambridge Handbook on the Law and Regulation of the Sharing Economy but Guido has kindly allowed us to upload the essay and publish an extract. You can download the whole text here. Guido Smorto: Known by many names – platform,… Continue reading

Why do we need a contribution accounting system?

This article was first published on 3 January 2014 and last modified on 8 January 2018 ……………………………………………………………. NOTE: Before 2017 SENSORICA used the expression ”value accounting system”. The current expression in use is ”contribution accounting system”. See more on the OVN wiki. The origin of this modification is a redefinition of value, inspired by Tibi’s essay ”Scale… Continue reading

The Commons Transition Primer Demystifies and Delights

You are not likely to encounter a more welcoming set of texts and infographics to introduce the commons and peer production than the Commons Transition Primer website. The new site features four types of materials suited different levels of interest: short Q&A-style articles with illustrations; longer, in-depth articles for the more serious reader; a library… Continue reading

SMart welcomes Michel Bauwens for a 3 year research and development residency

Readers of our blog and wiki will have noted various references to the labour mutual SMart. We find this an important movement and mutualistic solution for the autonomous workers that are becoming more and more numerous, but also ever more precarious, in our western societies. SMart membership converts income into wages, and thus into access… Continue reading

Regenerating a Carbon Drawdown Economy Through Reverse Mining and the Blockchain

This is a very exciting project! Connecting agriculture and finance in this new way is cutting edge and you are really breaking ground with this. My one caution for you is that in emphasizing the rejuvenation of the carbon cycle, you are marginalizing the rejuvenation of the hydrological cycle and the nitrogen cycle. While you… Continue reading

12 Steps to Post-Growth Sustainable Business

Nobody cares about how we got here. They just want solutions for how to get out of the trap. CEOs are struggling to create value for corporations programmed only to accumulate more capital, drain local economies, and externalize the costs. So I’ve been ending my talks with specific, actionable suggestions for how companies of all… Continue reading

Frank Pasquale on the Shift from Territorial to Functional Sovereignty

It is very clear that power in our societies is changing. After the financialization of our economies under neoliberal globalization, we have a new layer of corporate power emerging from the platform economy. This process is very well described by Frank Pascuale in the recommended text we excerpt below, under the concept of Functional Governance…. Continue reading

Social Ecology: Communalism against Climate Chaos

Brian Tokar: Since the 1960s, the theory and praxis of social ecology have helped guide efforts to articulate a radical, counter-systemic ecological outlook with a goal of transforming society’s relationship to non-human nature. For many decades, social ecologists have articulated a fundamental ecological critique of capitalism and the state, and proposed an alternative vision of empowered… Continue reading

Reimagine, don’t seize, the means of production

Written by Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel: One of the most difficult systems to reimagine is global manufacturing. If we are producing offshore and at scale, ravaging the planet for short-term profits, what are the available alternatives? A movement combining digital and physical production points toward a new possibility: Produce within our communities, democratically and… Continue reading