It is our great pleasure to announce the public release of Issue #7 of the Journal of Peer Production. This issue, which has been edited by George Dafermos and me, features several articles which explore how the principles of the commons, of peer production and of the social economy can form the basis for a paradigm shift in society.
New issue — Journal of Peer Production #7: Policies for the Commons
A spectre is haunting the world – the spectre of the Commons. Without a doubt, the world system is in a crisis of such magnitude that the existing state of affairs cannot possibly be maintained for much longer. At the same time, models based on the collective management of common goods and the social economy have sprung up amidst this state of permanent crisis, which suggest that another world is possible. Taking the policy proposals originally developed by the FLOK Society project in Ecuador as a starting point, this JoPP issue explores how the principles of the ?C?ommons, of peer production, of free software and of the social economy can constitute the basis for the development of appropriate policies enabling the transition to alternative, post-capitalist social and economic models.
The articles collected in this issue address some crucial aspects of this transformation: the transition process from a capitalist knowledge economy towards a social knowledge economy; the transformation of the secondary sector of the economy, with an emphasis on manufacturing and energy; and the reconfiguration of the state and the commonification of public services in the direction of a “Partner State” in which the resources and functions of the state are primarily used to enable and empower autonomous social production?.?
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“Editorial notes: Public policy proposals for a society of the commons” by George Dafermos and Vasilis Kostakis [here]
“The FLOK doctrine” by David Vila-Viñas and Xabier Barandiaran [here]
“Transforming the productive base of the economy through the open design commons and distributed manufacturing” by George Dafermos [here]
“Transforming the energy matrix: Transition policies for the development of the distributed energy model” by George Dafermos, Panos Kotsampopoulos, Kostas Latoufis, Ioannis Margaris, Beatriz Rivela, Fausto Paulino Washima, Pere Ariza-Montobbio and Jesús López [here]
“Public policy for a social economy” by John Restakis [here]
“ICT, open government and civil society” by John Restakis, Daniel Araya, Maria José Calderon and Robin Murray [here]
“Towards a new configuration between the state, civil society and the market” by Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis [here]