Date archives "February 2019"

2019: Letter of solidarity and support for the Zapatista resistance and autonomy

Reposted from January 2019 We, intellectuals, academics, artists, activists and others in solidarity, as well as organizations, associations and collectives from across the world, express our solidarity with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in this critical moment in its history, and condemn the ongoing campaign of disinformation, lies, and slander directed against… Continue reading

Beyond Bitcoin and Ethereum — a fairer and more just post-monetary sociopolitical economy

Taking the Bitcoin dream of ‘freedom as self-sovereignty’ beyond anything even Bitcoin maximalists ever dared to dream of. Written by Hank Sohota. Originally posted on Good Audience on 28th January 2019. A viable, sustainable and scalable P2P sociopolitical economy, which embraces digital and data sovereignty for all agents, is about to emerge. One in which, as a consequence, money… Continue reading

We-Guild: The Social Safety Network

We-Guild is a way for self-employed people to get sick-pay. A trust-based network of mutual support where everyone you trust chips in when you need it in exchange of you chipping in for them when they need it. Watch the video if you haven’t already and check the rest of the info on this site. Video: We-Guild, YouTube​

A Q&A Session with Douglas Ruskhkoff

Douglas Rushkoff, author and host of Team Human recently held a Q&A session at Quora. Here are his answers: Will there be limits to what artificial intelligence will be able to “know” in the future? I like Michael’s answer. It reminds me of Godel’s theorem. I have a much more pedestrian view of these things…. Continue reading

4s Open Panel: Commoning Knowledge: Regeneration Through S&T

Our colleague Maywa Montenegro will be leading this panel in the upcoming 4S New Orleans Conference Maywa Montenegro, University of California, Davis Alastair Iles, University of California, Berkeley Akos Kokai, University of California, Berkeley The privatization of public knowledge has become endemic to 21st century times. From corporate battles over drug patents to seed wars,… Continue reading

[Call for abstracts] Post-automation? Exploring democratic alternatives to Industry 4.0

“An international research symposium, 11-13 September 2019, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK About the Symposium We are delighted to invite proposals for papers for the International Research Symposium on Post-Automation? Towards Democratic Alternatives to Industry 4.0, taking place at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, 11-13 September 2019. The Symposium… Continue reading

Kate Raworth: Doing Business in the Doughnut

Article republished from, video from Youtube- Nesta For any business that is searching for a 21st century compass, try this idea on for size. Let’s call it a ‘Doughnut‘. Its worldwide goal is to ensure that no-one is left in the central hole, falling short on life’s essentials, while simultaneously ensuring that human activity… Continue reading

Aral Balkan on Building the People’s Internet

Reposted from NESTA on Listen to Aral Balkan, cyborg rights activist, designer and developer, outline the problem with surveillance capitalism and explain how we can avoid it to build a People’s Internet starting right here in the EU.

The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us From Transforming Our Economy

Republished from Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should “be a larger part of our conversation” when it comes to funding the Green New Deal. According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits. MMT… Continue reading

Crypto-Commonists and Crypto-Libertarians

This post by Mateo PGS was originally published on Framing the ideological divide within crypto-anarchism *Link to dissertation at the end* Trained as we are to accept authority and the inevitability of submitting to forces greater than us, human beings are mesmerized by rebellious movements that struggle to overturn the established order. I guess… Continue reading

Emergence of Open Construction Systems

Article: The Emergence of Open Construction Systems: A Sustainable Paradigm in the Construction Sector? By Christina Priavolou. Journal of Futures Studies, December 2018, 23(2): 67–84 Abstract This paper discusses how emerging issues in housing construction could revolutionise the building industry. It focuses on commons-based networks of organisations, technologies and users that form a niche practice… Continue reading

Urban Family Gardens grows local food security in Colombia

By Khushboo Balwani. Cross-posted from Shareable. This article was adapted from our latest book, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons.” Download your free pdf copy today. The goal of the “Huertas Familiares para Autoconsumo” (Urban Family Gardens) initiative is to provide vulnerable families with better access to healthy, fresh and nutritious food. The program enables these families, often displaced… Continue reading

Trough of Disillusionment: Blockchain winter has come

Republished excerpt of article by Lucas Mearian, Senior Reporter, Computerworld In a joint report for the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Technology conference this fall, researchers who studied 43 blockchain use cases came to the conclusion that all underdelivered on claims. And, when they reached out to several blockchain providers about project results, the silence… Continue reading

Distributed Governance > Berlin Council, 2019

DGOV Council Berlin ( twitter @dgovearth #dgov ) was an event organised by events which took place in Berlin 26th-28th in Fullnode and Betahaus. About the DGOV Council (Reposted from the DGov Wiki) The event will stretch over two full days in a co-creative, open space environment concluding with a dinner gathering for the participants on the first… Continue reading

International Conference: “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons: Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy”

Note: the updated submission deadline is June 20, 2019. Venue: Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon, Portugal Date: 6 – 8th November 2019 Organiser: Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL) The second international conference “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons” will be a meeting point for researchers, activists, public officials and social entrepreneurs involved in social… Continue reading