And as Iâ€™m writing this my first contribution to the blog. Therefore I will use this moment to introduce myself and what my connection with the foundation is. The first time I heard about P2P as a new form of organizing was when professor Maes announced the forthcoming seminar of Michel Bauwens on the University of Amsterdam. This announcement immediately drew my attention and so I witnessed his story late April 2006.
As a result of the seminar I signed up for the integral newsletter and Michel Bauwens asked me to contribute on the Wiki if I would like that. I agreed on that and since then I started to populate the Dutch language page on the wiki. This contribution only consists of Dutch material, so there is not as much available on the topic. If you read this and know some Dutch material that should be listed on the Dutch language page, please let me know. You can find my contact details on the Dutch language page.
One of the latest additions is called â€˜Webmarxismâ€™, a term that came to my mind during the seminar of Michel Bauwens. Maybe communism can work as a subsystem on the Internet, where people are really equals and have the same power as being a peer. As a subsystem, because the real world is still dominant, and probably will stay dominant the coming eraâ€™s. The story about â€˜Webmarxismâ€™ explains some of the drawbacks of pure P2P Internet.
Another nice story to read is about self-organizing networks. Some topics that are addressed are the democracy of these networks, where the term â€˜heterarchiesâ€™ is used for a model of complex, adaptive, human organisations capable to evolve and innovate in fast changing environments.
So far my first contribution, maybe a next one the coming week.