P2P Summer School : The Art of Commoning

P2P Summer School: The Art of Commoning

How can a commons-based collaborative economy strengthen the resilience of our communities

3 Days August 25th – 27th, 2015 – WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary, Ireland

P2P Foundation in 2014

The Sharing Economy, Crowdfunding, Maker Spaces, Coworking, FabLabs, Creative Commons and using social media to organise are all examples of new ways of working enabled by Peer to Peer (P2P) or people to people practices.

The ability to connect and communicate with people globally, empowers communities to self-organise around their interests, to share experiences and produce valuable knowledge resources and commons at scales previously only possible through hierarchical and capital intensive, command and control economies.

P2P can be characterised as a new mode of production that harnesses the creative and collaborative power of voluntary peer to peer networks. In this sense P2P offers a vision for the future that extends and deepens democratic participation.

The P2P sharing of knowledge and experiences offers many great benefits for individuals and communities. How can we adapt and take advantage of what this new paradigm has to offer in the transition to a sustainable economy?

Can we create sustainable livelihoods while contributing to the commons?

Who is this course for?

The P2P Summer School is designed for adult educators, trainers and facilitators for change, coaches and people working with their local communities in the fields of sustainability, community resilience and climate adaptation who want to build capacity and develop collaborative and participatory practices to empower social change.

What will it include?

The P2P Summer School will focus on the practical rather than the theoretical and is structured to balance and integrate concrete learning outcomes delivered using participatory methodology known as the art of hosting. http://bollier.org/blog/art-commoning

The course will bring together P2P pioneers and Art of Hosting facilitators to explore new forms of cooperative enterprise, P2P money, crowd-funding, open value accounting, p2p legal developments, and other vital topics that enable us to adapt our lives, organisations and communities to global challenges and to better steward our common heritage of cultural and natural resources.

Course Director

michel-bauwensThe course will be led by Michel Bauwens, the founder and director of the P2P Foundation. Michel works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He writes editorials for Al Jazeera and is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, who have organised major global conferences on Commons and Economics.

Michel was research director of the FLOK society project which produced the first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador. In January 2015 CommonsTransition.org was launched. Commons Transition builds on the work of the FLOK Society, developing policies for a ‘social knowledge economy’ to build a more egalitarian, just, and environmentally stable world based on the Commons.

Unique Setting for the Summer School

The course will be held in the new WeCreate Workspace in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Cloughjordan has been awarded Ireland’s national Green Community award and also the UN backed International Award for Liveable Communities. WeCreate is a co-working space with Ireland’s first community FabLab. The Ecovillage includes over 50 high energy performance houses on a 67-acre estate with community woodlands, renewable energy production, a wood-fired bakery, research gardens and a community supported farm.

This setting provides participants with an opportunity to see many key sustainable community systems in working practice and to hear the stories of people seeking to play their part in the transition to a low carbon society.

Cloughjordan is a vibrant rural village where progressive projects have successfully integrated with a traditional local community. It offers a rich environment for learning about the mainstreaming of sustainability.

Please see the attached PDF for full course details.

This course is being offered by the P2P Foundation with Sustainable Ireland Cooperative who trade as Cultivate Living and Learning and specialise in designing and delivering active learning and training in facilitation, hosting, the green economy, social Permaculture and community responses to challenges we face.

The deadline for Erasmus+ KA1 applications are fast approaching. Applications to your National Agency need to be in by the 4th of March. Don’t hestiate to contact [email protected] if you need any further information or assistance

Sustainable Ireland Cooperative / Cultivate Living and Learning
PIC Number – 951806196

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P2P Summer School 2015


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