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

Distributed Governance > Berlin Council, 2019

DGOV Council Berlin (dgov.foundation twitter @dgovearth #dgov ) was an event organised by inblock.io 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”

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 and solidarity economy, governance of the commons and new… Continue reading

A Looming Deadline for the Right to Ramble

For centuries, ordinary Brits have enjoyed a legal “right to ramble” throughout the countryside even when they might cross someone’s private property. In England and Wales alone, there are an estimated 140,000 miles of footpaths and bridlepaths that are considered public rights of way. Now, as reported by the website Boing Boing, the full scope of this… Continue reading

Sharing Society International Conference: Call for Papers and Poster Presentations

See Sharing Society Project for complete details   INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies” Bizkaia Aretoa, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao (Spain) May 23-24, 2019 Call for Papers and Poster Presentations 1. Context and Rationale Although the concept of collective action has been widely… Continue reading

Jerry Michalski ponders ‘abundance’ in the face of artificial scarcity

In this video, American technology consultant Jerry Michalski shares his thoughts on ‘abundance’ in the face of artificial scarcity. The ExO Foundation’s MTP (Massive Transformational Purpose) is Migrating Society to Abundance. Michalski explores exactly what abundance means in that context. Jerry Michalski is the former managing editor of Release 1.0, a technology newsletter. He is the… Continue reading

Better Jobs and Better Future: What cooperatives can do for young people?

The following article is reposted from CECOP-CICOPA Europe. CECOP-CICOPA Europe has decided to give a voice directly to young people and those working with them. Here is the result! Three videos illustrating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities that cooperatives in industry and services provide to young people across EU. Cooperatives are riding the wave of changes…. Continue reading

Ideological Tensions and Affinities Between Crypto-Libertarian and Crypto-Commonist Visions

Michel Bauwens: At the P2P Foundation, we do not favour technological determinism (technology determines societal outcomes), nor the ‘technology is neutral, it depends what you do with it’, but rather, we believe that technological infrastructures are in fact socio-technical systems, whose design and deployment, and potentially subversive use, are the reflection of the values and… Continue reading

Call for contributions: International conference “Social Solidarity Economy & the Commons: Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy”

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