Date archives "October 2018"

MACAO: calling the future for solidarity

The P2P Foundation stands in solidarity with MACAO against fascism and speculative capital. Read the call in Italian and read the full list of signatures here. SIGN THIS CALL WRITING TO: [email protected] MACAO, an autonomous center for art, culture and research is now in danger. In recent days the alt-right Salvini government decided to foster… Continue reading

Upstream Podcast: A People’s History of Silicon Valley

The dark shadow of Silicon Valley is growing longer everyday, covering more and more of the globe and spreading not just technology, but a particular value set as well. By this time many know about the hyper-exploitative business models of companies like Uber or TaskRabbit. Or about how AirBnB has heavily reduced housing stocks in… Continue reading

Commoning and bootstrapping local to global economy redesign by REconomy practitioners

Nenad Maljković: This is an invitation and action call for you personally — just “observing” and “consuming” content will not do… Announcing Popping Bubbles workshop series and our first online Open Space event, part 2 (part 1, part 3) REconomy practitioners is virtual community of practice (CoP) of and for regenerative entrepreneurs and community organisers. We care about… Continue reading

Cultivating an Open-Data Mindset: the CAPSELLA Project

‘It is important to approach open data and open technologies with an open mindset. Citizen- and farmer-generated data can lead to major breakthrough in policy making, providing insights and evidence for better informed environmental management and nature conservation. In the context of climate adaptation and mitigation, open data can also become a powerful tool in… Continue reading

Michel Bauwens on empathic, rigorous responses to the Anthropocene

Michel is founder of and a global advocate for Both organisations are inspiring individuals in local, regional, national ‘communities of interest’, and ‘communities of practice’ to cooperatively design solutions toward a more sustainable human future (beyond the binary of Liberal/Labour fuelled toxic economics & exclusive capitalism), out of necessity. In this interview between Michel and Redland… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow (2017). Walkaway. New York: Tor I. The story opens at a communist party in an unspecified post-industrial town in Ontario sometime in the late middle of this century, from the first-person perspective of Hubert, Etc. A communist party, you should understand, is not an institution but a social event: something like a rave at an… Continue reading

Open 2018: The Nature of Money – Signals and Transitions

Matthew Schutte, Director of Communications at Holo; Michael Linton, designer of LETSystem; and Sheron Shamuilia from Happonomy present their ideas from decades of research into the nature of money and discuss how a deeper understanding of “signals” and “transactions” inform a new view of the types of “money” which are appropriate for a new economy…. Continue reading

4 examples of why commons are important for Sharing Cities

Cross-posted from Shareable. Cities have been caught in the middle of a clash: they are stuck competing for business investments while, simultaneously, seeking to meet the needs of their inhabitants through access to public goods and social services. For this reason, there is no surprise in seeing two opposite trends growing globally: on the one… Continue reading

The Response 2: How Puerto Ricans are restoring power to the people

Cross-posted from Shareable. Robert Raymond: In this second episode of our new radio documentary series The Response, we shine a spotlight on Puerto Rico. When Hurricane Maria slammed into the island about a year ago, it resulted in thousands of deaths and knocked out power for almost an entire year. The result was what many consider… Continue reading

Personal currencies: Hayek’s wet dream or Spaghettinomics?

Over the years I’ve come across a few proposals that any person or entity should able to issue their own currency, and I’ve always struggled about what that would mean and how it would work. This is relevant for recursive currency systems like the Credit Commons in which theoretically any member could create a currency… Continue reading

The Next Economy: worker led for public interest

Reposted from the , the programme features interview with our colleague and Platform Cooperativism co-originator Nathan Schneider, as well as political scientist and author Virginia Eubanks 10 years since the financial crash we’ve learned that there exists in the US not just one economy, but many, as well as many kinds of economic actors. From… Continue reading

ROAR Issue #8 : Beyond the Border

“I don’t believe in borders, I don’t like flags, I have no boundaries. My only homeland: friendship, love and justice for all.” Dedicated to the memory of Myra Landau (1926–2018) We are very excited to announce the launch of our eighth issue, on revolutionary internationalism in the twenty-first century. Beyond the Border features important contributions by a… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Democratic legitimacy and new commons: examples from English protected areas

The following paper was authored by Margherita Pieraccini and originally published on the International Journal of the Commons. Abstract If the purpose of traditional commons is sustainable resource exploitation, the primary objective of these new commons is the conservation of nature/protection of biodiversity. And if on traditional commons local resource users are the key beneficiaries, in… Continue reading

What to do once you admit that decentralizing everything never seems to work

Decentralization is the new disruption—the thing everything worth its salt (and a huge ICO) is supposed to be doing. Meanwhile, Internet progenitors like Vint Cerf, Brewster Kahle, and Tim Berners-Lee are trying to re-decentralize the Web. They respond to the rise of surveillance-based platform monopolies by simply redoubling their efforts to develop new and better decentralizing technologies. They… Continue reading

Open 2018: Richard Bartlett and Natalia Lombardo on Patterns for Decentralised Organising

Richard Bartlett and Natalia Lombardo from Loomio running a shorter version of their excellent workshop on Patterns for decentralised organising. If you work in any type of co-operative or non-hierarchical group and are interested in improving efficiencies and developing more successful collaboration within your team/s, this workshop is for you. There are also some useful shared notes and links in the working doc… Continue reading

Guy Standing’s Commons Fund for the Precariat.

In this extract from a must-read essay published on The Great Transition Initiative, Guy Standing proposes a Commons Fund for the precariat. Guy Standing: Given that wages cannot be expected to provide the precariat with security, the system must find alternative ways of doing so. The secret lies in capturing rental income for society. We should… Continue reading