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Wolfgang Kowalsky on How the European Union Is Failing To Regulate the So-Called Sharing Economy

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. Cities and Technological Sovereignty 6 – The Gig Economy Needs To Meet Its Responsibilities (13 mins) Wolfgang Kowalsky – The ‘gig economy’ may sound cool but in reality many of the jobs offer a fast… Continue reading

Mayo Fuster Morell: Barcelona as a Case Study on Urban Policy for Platform Cooperativism

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. (15 mins) Mayo Fuster Morell – Mayo Fuster Morell will provide a brief overview of public policy making approaches to the sharing economy. Using the example of Barcelona, Mayo will focus on what policymakers can… Continue reading

Energy as a Common Good

Energy as a Commons is a video produced during the first public meeting of the European Commons Assembly in Brussels, 15-17 November, 2016. Cecile Blanchet reflects on how the energy system is designed to please the needs of constant growth of the markets and opposes it to a community-managed paradigm that is inclusive and accessible… Continue reading

How Can We Redesign Cities as Shared Spaces?

Cat Johnson: At a time when corporate sponsorship and ownership of city spaces, buildings, and events continues to grow at lightning pace, it’s more important than ever to rethink our cities as shared entities that belong to all of us. In his recent speech at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, researcher, activist, and author David Bollier argued that… Continue reading

How do we mobilize today ? Charles Heckscher on Transient Solidarities

Charles Heckscher is a great scholar on the evolution of forms of cooperation within business entities, and on collective action with the labor movement. In this brilliant overview, “Transient Solidarities: commitment and collective action in post-industrial societies“, that starts with historical forms, he outlines the new forms of solidarity that are born within networked societies…. Continue reading

Urban Commons and the Right to the City

This video was made by interviewing a group of commoners who attended to the first public meeting of the European Commons Assembly in Brussels, 15-17 November, 2016. They reflected about how neoliberalism shape cities as places for tourism, gentrifying and dismantling the cooperative environment of the neighborhoods; as well as how commoners build alternatives by… Continue reading

Darren Sharp on the Emerging Ecosystem of Platform Cooperativism in Australia

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. (14 mins) Darren Sharp – Australia is in the midst of a transition from an extractive economy led by the mining and agricultural sectors, towards a knowledge-based service economy. While digital innovation and startups are… Continue reading

Dispatches from the Commons Assembly

Many people are engaged in commons-based alternative practices as part of the struggle for ecological, social and cultural transition within their communities. In these fields, the commons approach offers a new vocabulary for collective action and social justice. It opens up ways of reshaping processes for governance of resources by communities themselves. Commons-based practices respect… Continue reading

The Food Commons in Europe

Food, a life enabler and a cultural cornerstone with multiple meanings, is governed as a mere commodity by the neoliberal food policies that prevail in Europe. These meanings so relevant to human are reduced to the one of tradeable good and the value of food is mixed with its price in the market. RE-VALUING MULTIDIMENSIONAL… Continue reading

What do we do about Trump…

The election of Donald Trump has left millions, maybe even billions of us in shock. Although we may be looking with bewilderment at the US today, we should remember that he is not an isolated phenomenon. He is a symptom of a sickness that is raging all around the world. People are hurting, disillusioned with… Continue reading

Marisa Morán Jahn on CareForce

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. (14 Mins) Marisa Morán Jahn, Studio REV — Initiated by artist Marisa Morán Jahn (Studio REV-) with the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Caring Across Generations, the CareForce is a transmedia, public art project, web… Continue reading

Francesca Bria on Barcelona’s Strategy for Technological Sovereignty

The P2P Foundation is serializing video highlights from last year’s Platform Cooperativism conference. Click here to see all conference videos. Cities and Technological Sovereignty 3 – Barcelona’s Strategy for Technological Sovereignty: Winning Back Technology for the People (14 mins) Francesca Bria – While the platform economy has a clear potential to generate economic impact, there… Continue reading