A very special interview between sustainable community expert and “business provocateur” John Thackaray and our very own Michel Bauwens.
From the shownotes to the episode:
“The global economy treats nature and material resources as if they were infinite, and knowledge as if it was scarce. We have to swap those two around”. (Michel Bauwens)
Having enshrined the rights of nature in its constitution, Ecuador is now exploring how this principle, and the principle of open knowledge, might reshape its economic development.
The contribution of Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, is to lead a strategic policy project for Ecuador’s government called Free/Libre Open Knowledge (FLOK), also known as the social knowledge economy project.
In Genk last weekend, at the opening of the Flanders Design Triennial, I asked Bauwens, in this 30 minute interview, to tell me more about this remarkable project. Our conversation spans commons owned infrastructure, open source cars, peer producing communities, and more.