Date archives "August 2018"

A Scuttlebutt Love Story

Scuttlebutt aims to harmonize four perspectives of life: Environment reflecting Technology reflecting Community reflecting Society. We acknowledge the natural, the virtual, and the social environments. Our responsibility is to recognize which resources are abundant, which are sufficient, and adapt accordingly through efficiency. Technology is simply the means by which we communicate. We use local-first publishing… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Unboxing the Sharing Economy

The Sociological Review is thrilled to be launching the first of their 2018 monographs, , edited by Davide Arcidiacono (Universita Cattolica, Milan), Alessandro Gandini (King’s College, London) and Ivana Pais (Universita Cattolica, Milan). For over fifty years, the Sociological Review monograph series has showcased the best and most innovative sociologically informed work, producing intellectually stimulating… Continue reading

How can Blockchain enable Elinor Ostrom’s 8 commons principles?

Samer Hassan, researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and UCM in Madrid, who recently received a 1.5M€ grant to build blockchain-based democratic and sustainable organizations for the collaborative economy (, leads a working session exploring how blockchain technologies, can be utilized to create new ways to cooperate: building new commons-oriented, blockchain-driven initiatives which incorporate Elinor Ostrom’s 8… Continue reading

Elena Martinez and Silvia Díaz of P2P Models on Blockchain, Feminism and Affective P2P

Silvia Díaz Molina is an anthropologist specialized in Gender Studies and a social researcher seeking to ground her work in more humane and sustainable organisations. She has experience in development cooperation and has been involved in different NGO projects giving awareness-raising workshops. Elena Martínez Vicente is a product designer, specialized in designing better processes and… Continue reading

CrowdLaw as a tool for open governance

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, Italy. This… Continue reading

What the hell is Blockchain and how does it work?

Peter Thompson, Creator of KPcoin, will provide a beginners guide to blockchain; what it is, where it came from and how it is being applied to support distributed software applications. The session will also include a hands-on game of Blockchain Bingo – a brilliant introduction to the “proof of work” concept underpinning blockchain, which will… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy

September 2018, Nation Books. Text republished from Nathan Schneider’s website. A new feudalism is on the rise. From the internet to service and care, more and more industries expect people to live gig to gig, while monopolistic corporations feed their spoils to the rich. But as Nathan Schneider shows through years of in-depth reporting, there is… Continue reading

Cooperation Jackson’s Kali Akuno: ‘We’re trying to build vehicles of social transformation’

Cross-posted from Shareable. Robert Raymond: We are witnessing the rise of a solidarity economy movement, stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, including organizations like Cooperation Worcester in Massachusetts, Cooperation Humboldt and Cooperation Richmond in California, and Cooperation Jackson in Mississippi, among others. One of the leaders of this movement is Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-director… Continue reading

Transnationalisms curated by James Bridle at Furtherfield Gallery

EXHIBITION Furtherfield Gallery Saturday 15 Sep until Sunday 21 Oct 2018 Private View: Friday 14 September 18:00 – 20:00 (Register) Open Sat – Sun, 11:00 – 17:00 or by appointment Admission Free DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE Transnationalisms is an exhibition exploring changes in how we think about territory, border and movement in an age of increasing digital… Continue reading

UK Co-operative Party releases report outlining plans to double the size of co-op sector

Cross-posted from Shareable. Aaron Fernando: On July 3, the Co-operative Party in the U.K. launched a report at parliament outlining a strategy to double the size of the U.K.’s cooperative sector by 2030. The report, written by the think tank New Economics Foundation (NEF), was commissioned by the Co-operative Party and comprises a vision of the party’s goals…. Continue reading

Essay of the Day: A Framework for Assessing Democratic Qualities in Collaborative Economy Platforms

A Framework for Assessing Democratic Qualities in Collaborative Economy Platforms: Analysis of 10 Cases in Barcelona Mayo Fuster Morell 1 and Ricard Espelt 2 ; Republished from (This article belongs to the Special Issue Sharing Cities Shaping Cities). Abstract The term “collaborative economy” or “collaborative economy platforms” refers to exchange, sharing, and collaboration in the… Continue reading

Project of the Day: Cooperation in Mesopotamia

The following texts are extracted from A co-operative revolution is happening in Northern Syria People in Rojava are collectively building a society based on principles of direct democracy, ecology, and women’s liberation, with co-operation playing a crucial role in rebuilding their economy. In Bakur (the predominantly Kurdish region of eastern Turkey) people are setting up… Continue reading

Cadwell Turnbull on social fiction and the collaborative narrative

In the run-up to OPEN 2018, the conference which explores the ideas of co-operative vision and the evolving politics of a world of abundance and inclusivity, Oliver Sylvester-Bradley interviewed Cadwell Turnbull. Cadwell is a ‘social fiction’ writer who is exploring ideas about how collaborative narrative and a co-operative vision can help create the spaces needed for a more equitable economy –… Continue reading

This Machine Eats Monotheistic Meta Memes

Some scuttlebutt about Scuttlebutt 🦐 —  hey squiddo, I can’t remember if we talked about Scuttlebutt yet. are you familiar? just a good one to have on your radar, v cool people with excellent tech and zero hype and bullshit 🦑 — Hmm interesting, is Scuttlebutt running in production for something yet? It’s like a service to… Continue reading

The Commons Platform, An Interview with Sophie Varlow and Nick Wood

The following text was written by Maria Fonseca and originally published in IntelligentHQ. If we are to imagine the world of tomorrow, the terms fairness, equality and connection would probably resonate with the vision of that utopian future. That world, would be a world in which connected communities of people, would be at the very… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

Shareable, a nonprofit media outlet co-founded by Neal Gorenflo in 2009, is devoted to the sharing economy (the real sharing economy of platform cooperatives and other open, self-organized effort — not proprietary, walled-garden, Death Star platforms like Uber and Airbnb). In 2011 Shareable organized the Share San Francisco conference to promote the city as a platform for sharing, which in turn… Continue reading