Sacred Economics (2019 Remix)

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Video reposted from Youtube Today, these trends have reached their extreme – but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great… Continue reading

Alex Pazaitis on Blockchain and P2P value creation in the information economy

Republished from Science-fiction or social reality, the Blockchain. Fact. Fiction. Future. event brought together artists, activists, hackers, designers, scientists, sociologists and political scientists to analyse, question, and discuss the distruptive, cultural and creative potential of this technology. iMAL, Brussels, 4 November 2016. Alex Pazaitis (GR) P2P Foundation / P2P Lab Blockchain and P2P value… Continue reading

Networks are not Communities

This post by Henry Mintzberg is republished from and Social media certainly connects us to whoever is on the other end of the line, and so extends our social networks in amazing ways. But this can come at the expense of deeper personal relationships. When it feels like we’re up-to-date on our friends’… Continue reading

Farm Data as Value Added

This post by Jamie Gaehring is republished from I said in my last post that putting good software and data into the hands of farmers can profit a local economy, and I’d like to back up that claim a little. I also hinted that the direction in which such data flows is especially important… Continue reading

Enacting the Commons: Expedition 1, Italy

A project to explore how the commons transform public action in Europe Republished from Enacting the Commons In a context of waves of privatization of public properties and services, of austerity policies in recent decades, Italy saw in the 2000s the emergence of a social movement around urban commons, and citizens increasingly the governance of… Continue reading

Sharing Islands 2018 – Michel Bauwens

Republished from Tenerife Colaborativa Michel Bauwens at the 2018 Opening of Tenerife Colaborativa/Sharing Islands 2018: “Cosmo-localism takes place when easily accessible designs are paired with localized and distributed production capabilities using new breakthrough technologies that facilitate local manufacture/production. “

The Birth of an Open Source Agricultural Community: The Story of Tzoumakers

BY ALEX PAZAITIS | JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY CORE MEMBER, P2P LAB Makers and the related  activities are more often observed in vibrant cities, encapsulating diverse communities of designers, engineers and innovators. They flourish around luscious spaces and events, where talent and ideas are abound. Pioneer cities, like Barcelona, Madrid, London, Copenhagen and… Continue reading

Better Work Together: A Short Review

Enspiral is a rather unique organisation, often featured in this blog. Over the years the number of participants, its core structure and overall network have evolved in fascinating and informative ways. This evolution along with the many lessons learned is chronicled in their collective book “Better work together”. As such the book does not theorise…. Continue reading

How Insane is Global Trade? Here are the facts

Reposted from Local Futures. The way trade works in the global economy can be insane – it wastes resources, worsens climate change, and undermines the livelihoods of millions of small-scale producers worldwide. Yet it is an almost unavoidable consequence of de-regulatory ‘free trade’ agreements and the billions of dollars in supports and subsidies – many… Continue reading

11 Practical Steps Towards Healthy Power Dynamics at Work

In Part 1, I explained what I have in mind when I talk about “hierarchy” and “power”, introducing three different types of power: power-from-within or empowerment power-with or social power power-over or coercion In this second part, I get into the practical stuff: 11 steps towards healthy power dynamics. I’m primarily writing this for people that strive towards “non-hierarchical” organising, but expect… Continue reading