Date archives "July 2018"

Vasilis Kostakis of P2PLab Awarded ERC Starting Grant

republished from Baltic Times First ever ERC Starting Grant at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance Vasilis Kostakis, Senior Researcher at the TTÜ Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance received today the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Estonian Research Council has confirmed that this year Tallinn University of Technology is the… Continue reading

Apply Now: MA in Design for Cultural Commons – The Cass (London Metropolitan University)

APPLY NOW FOR ADMISSION SEPTEMBER 2018 MA: Design for Cultural Commons – The Cass (London Metropolitan University) Although a timely  model of practice there are few courses dedicated to the Commons and even fewer for Cultural Commons. This course is not only  to reward you with a post graduate qualification but also to support the movement of… Continue reading

Beyond Humans as Labour

For the last few years, there has been a huge debate about how automation will possibly destroy tens of millions of jobs; this fear has even moved Silicon Valley luminaries to join the basic income bandwagon. At the P2P Foundation, we have always insisted that though automation may indeed affect an important number of future… Continue reading

Jakarta: Movement against Water Privatization

The Amrta initiative works to end water privatization in Jakarta and enable a transition to good, publicly run water services. Through research, public discussions and collaboration with civil society, this initiative has pushed the city government to announce plans to remunicipalize Jakarta’s water supply. Jakarta’s governors have traditionally been (quietly) supportive of ending water privatization… Continue reading

Andrea Fumagalli on the Five Criteria To Distinguish a Progressive Interpretation of the Basic Income

Michel Bauwens:  Basic income has been very much in the news in the last decade, with an increasing number of reports and policy experimentations. Even though it has conquered the support of the majority of progressive voters in Europe, there are voices that see in the basic income a ‘neoliberal plot’, citing the support of… Continue reading

CrowdLaw: Transparency and Participation

Julia Keutgen: On March 13–17, 2018 The GovLab brought together two dozen crowdlaw experts from around the world to collaborate on developing new ways to include more and more diverse opinions and expertise at every stage of the law- and policy-making process. The convening was held at the Rockefeller Foundation’s famed Bellagio Center in Bellagio,… Continue reading

These 3 grassroots movements are bringing people together through food

If a city manages to provide all its residents with fresh, local, and healthy food, then that city has leapfrogged toward an inclusive and equitable society: such is the level of importance of food in a city. Food not only forms an integral part of human activity, but also of the economy. What is the… Continue reading

Is it time for a post-growth economy?

The growth-driven economic model we have adopted is killing our planet. Jason Hickel: The crowds of protesters that confronted US President Donald Trump during his visit to London last week have channelled the world’s outrage at all that he represents. But despite this opposition, Trump’s base is expanding. Even those who baulk at his regressive positions… Continue reading

Holochain – The commons engine for cooperation at scale

By Oliver Sylvester-Bradley This article is the second part of our interview with Matthew Schutte, Communications Director at Holochain, which covers their plans to build a “Commons engine” to help provide co-ops with the tools they need to communicate, coordinate and cooperate at scale. In part two Matthew explains how Holochain enables “protocol” rather than… Continue reading

Holochain – the perfect framework for decentralised cooperation at scale

By Oliver Sylvester-Bradley Holochain is a new technology project with huge potential for the cooperative economy. Members of The Open Co-op have been promoting the idea that new software could, potentially, revolutionise both our failing democracies and our predatory capitalist economies, since 2004. Back then we weren’t quite so clear on exactly how the required… Continue reading

Patterns For Decentralised Organising: PDF Booklet

Following up from this post last year, I recently noticed that Richard and Nati from Loomio have now published a distillation of their course about decentralised organising in the form of a PDF booklet, described as follows: “Practical guidance for teams to thrive without a management hierarchy. This PDF booklet is a collection of design… Continue reading

Law: The invisible architecture of the commons

Saki Bailey: In 2009, political economist Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize in economics for her work demonstrating that “the commons” are not simply unregulated spaces of ruin, but instead places where the law operates invisibly, according to community norms and values in ways that lead to their sustainable use over many generations. What Ostrom’s… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: “Space is the (non)place: Martians, Marxists, and the outer space of the radical imagination”

Stevphen Shukaitis. “Space is the (non)place: Martians, Marxists, and the outer space of the radical imagination” Sociological Review 57 Suppl (2009). In this article, Shukaitis surveys “the particular role outer space and extraterrestrial voyage play within the radical imagination.” In particular, he sees , and a way to construct utopian worlds that give meaning to our struggles… Continue reading

Re-Imagining the Left Through the Lens of Post-Capitalist Commons‎‎

“Re-imagining the left through an ecology of the commons: towards a post-capitalist commons transition” (Michel Bauwens and Jose Ramos) was recently published by the journal Global Discourse (Routledge, Taylor and Francis) as an exploratory proposal for a comprehensive commons transition movement and strategy that twines an ontology of human evolutionary forms with strategies for commoning…. Continue reading

Mumbai: People’s Campaign for Right to Water

Pani Haq Samti’s ‘People’s Campaign’ had the dual aim of mobilizing public opinion to oppose the privatisation of water supplies in the Indian state of Maharashtra, and securing the distribution and re-establishment of water as a right. In Mumbai, the right to water in people’s settlements (known as slums) was revoked in 1996 when the… Continue reading