Support and stand in solidarity with this critical and historical occupation and the resistance of the Dutch and international students, who are being over exploited in the ‘market’ while they are programmed to be exploited more as future labour force. Their resistance and efforts to build liberated future models at the occupied Maagdenhuis, the head office of the largest university-industrial complex in the Netherlands, the sinking last welfare state, deserve massive support from the academic knowledge workers, as well as unions, labour activists from around the world.
If you are far to the Spui Straat 12, visit their website: The New University – http://newuni.nl/
"We are here not only to commonify the disciplinary education and liberate knowledge commons and the labour of the knowledge workers, but to turn the entire model upside down and inside out and replace globally with emancipatory knowledge production and socialisation apparatus designed by and for the producing classes."
This is an appeal for a individual and institutional crowdfunding and collaboration campaign to realize the 2nd International Networked Labour event, this time in Tunis, during the World Social Forum, in March 2015.
Besided we welcome all kinds of technical, logistical, creativity, design, physical labour and knowledge based contributions, especially from interested creative communites and cooperatives and their members from around the world.
The estimated budget, as well as the participatory tools and mechanisms that can be used to follow and join the event from a distance will be published here, during the second part of February 2015: http://www.networkedlabour.net/
If you are interested in collaborating please contact us directly by emailing at networkedlabour [at] networg [dot] nl
The form of the self-organisation of the global working classes needs to be well grounded, transnational, and global at the same time. It needs to be open and welcoming to all working people, meaning free to enter, criticize, leave, or fork. It needs to be designed as modularly integrated organized networks of social – environmental – cultural – informational – sexual so on justice movements and issue focused activists. Adoptable principles, the ‘code’, and process protocols can be pre-determined, yet the code and proocols and processes them selves has to be well documented, totally open to local, workplace, neighbourhood, issue based, activists or other sort of political collectives composed of peer nodes. It is in a way similar to the form of Anonymous, Occupy or other decentralized forms of network movements, but with more awareness on the structure and openness of the working and governing protocols. So in between these and FLOSS projects, or grassroots and worker cooperatives. It sould not be based on membership and fee. It should not be organized by intellectual activists from out side in, and from top down towards the working class. With an opposite perspective, it should be designed by volunteer participation based on self-governing principles. It should be able to put forward creative, assertive and effective direct non-violent mass action, which makes fun of and ridicule the target. Active peer to peer self-learninig should be the core cultural production and learning principle, instead of having teachers who must show the right and enlightented road to the candidate working class members, who needs to get a self-consciousness. Instead a global and networked labour union should be providing working people with the access to the tools, resources and key networks that would make self- empowerment easily possible. By linking spaces where continious open exchanges take place and carry the energy from one space to other. Utilizing How to(s), Do it Yourself and Do it With Others guides, in online and real world context, by FLOSS communication tools as well as mass-action tactics it would replace top down (issue-anger-action) organizing model, which would allow self-articulation, respectful and collaborative working praxis by harmonized through peer to peer digital communication -where possible and desirable, as well as face to face and secure meetings, cultural and recreational events cultural events. It should be collaboraing with other organizations, creative and productive projects that undermines capitalist mode of production and develop the algorithms and codes of alternative modes, as operating systems that could replace capitalism. Such global network needs to grow by linking existing radical networks groups of activists, hackers, organizers, makers, DIY groups, squatters, eco-willages, diggers, immigrants, asylum seekers, solidarity networks, and so on. In a way all nodes could associate with the globally networked ties, while keeping their autonomy.
THE CATALAN INTEGRAL COOPERATIVE (OR CIC) IS A POLITICAL PROJECT SEEKING TO UNITE CONSUMER AND LABOR INITIATIVES. The CIC’s objective is to generate a self-managed, post-capitalist society based on P2P principles and environmental and social realities. To achieve this, they decided to adapt the transition plan originally written for Ecuador’s FLOKSociety project in the Summer of 2014.
From the core work group of the CIC in this area we have suggested that they collaborate with us to tailor a plan of this type for the development of CIC in the following 5-10 years. The objective is not as a theoretical approximation, but to contribute towards identifying and developing key strategic projects that might enable the production of tangible and intangible commons to become one of the reference characteristics of the CIC’s approach to production.
The Catalan Integral Cooperative on their forthcoming implementation of the Commons Transition Plan.
WHAT’S THE CIC?
(extracted from the CIC’s website)
An Integral Cooperative is a tool to create a grassroots counterpower departing from self-management, self-organization and direct democracy, and one that would help overcome the actual state of dependency on the structures of the system, towards a scenario of liberty full awareness, free of authority, and in which everyone could flourish under equal conditions and opportunities.
It is a constructive proposal for disobedience and widespread self-managment to rebuild our society in a bottom-up maner (in every field and in an integral way) and recover the affective human relationships of proximity based on trust.
Cooperative, as a project practicing the economical and political self-management with the equal participation of all its members. Also, because it takes the same legal form.
Integral, to bring together all the basic elements of an economy such as production, consumption, funding and a local currency. And at the same time, because it wants to integrate all the activity sectors necessary to survive: food, housing, health, education, energy, transport…
Catalan because it is organized and works mainly in the territorial scope of Catalonia.
Wireless technology enables today the creation of local offline networks, which can operate outside the public Internet. Even when the Internet is easily accessible, such local wireless networks form an interesting alternative, autonomous, option for communication, which 1) ensures that all connected devices are in de facto physical proximity, 2) offers opportunities and novel capabilities for creative combinations of virtual and physical contact, 3) enables free, anonymous and easy access, without the need for pre-installed applications or any credentials, and 4) can create feelings of ownership and independence, and lead to the appropriation of the hybrid space in the long-run.
In other words, local wireless networks provide the technological means for more participatory processes, benefiting from the grassroots engagement of citizens in implementing the smart city vision through novel forms of social networking, crowd sourcing, and citizen science. But for these possibilities to be materialized there are many practical, social, political, and economic challenges that need to be addressed, and which require the involvement of researchers and practitioners from different fields and backgrounds.
This workshop wishes to build on a recent successful interdisciplinary Dagstuhl seminar on “Do-It-Yourself networking”, which brought together a highly diverse group of researchers, practitioners, and activists to reflect on related technological and social issues. We made a first step to bridge the communication gap between those that build the technology (computer scientists, engineers, and hackers) and those that understand better the complex urban environment where this technology will be deployed (social and political scientists, urban planners, designers, and artists), as described in our final report.
paragora, our little symposium for ideas and their aesthetics, cultivating hybrid cultural forms which can encourage, nurture and help sustain heterodox communisms.
What do the futures of work, play and life look like through the eyes of the people who will produce them? How do our quantified lives unfold? paragora looks at how we make sense of our lives within civilizations increasingly governed through measurement and automation procedures. How to carve out realms of autonomous practices there?
We live in societies and economies defined by a global competitive drive for constant, algorithm-guided optimisation. However, it is important to emphasize that this competition is driven by and, in turn, drives globalized conventional industry and thus conventional economic concerns. What are the underlying motivational structures that propel our hard work and play participation in the networks, away from concern about how these networks are produced, reproduced and maintained on a daily basis? How do we cultivate cultural forms which can foster and sustain long-term commitment to social and economic justice?
paragora presents resolute and concerned thinking, artistic responses and earnest discussion on processes of gamification, quantification, ubiquitous networking and algorithmic control. Through digital and electronic means, the distinction between work, leisure and other realms of social being are becoming increasingly indistinguishable.
paragora, beside the market, welcomes you to engage with a broad and pluridisciplinary assortment of people, presentations, disciplines and events, as we encounter the material realities underlying the hopes and despair of current conditions.
Sunday, Feb 1, 7-10pm opening concert with Henry Warwick & Markus Reuter
Monday Feb. 2 7pm Keynote with Cornelia Sollfrank!
Tuesday Feb 3 3-7pm Digital Materialty Discussion Group with Dmytri Kleiner & Baruch Gottlieb
Tuesday 9pm Stammtisch!
Wednesday Feb 4 4-7pm Marx-Engels Werkschau
Wednesday Feb 4 7-11pm Womens’ Cryptodinner
Thursday Feb. 5 3-6pm Feuerbach Reading Group with Baruch Gottlieb
Thursday Feb. 5 8-10pm Startie!
♥ The Theatre of the Absurd Fetlifegoddess Group (Stephanie Ballantine & Mikala Hyldig Dal), ♥ “Jean-Pierre der Matrose” by Jofe D’mahl, ♥ MCLOL by Dmytri Kleiner ♥ the duo ‘read & delete’, radical philosophy of non-thinking with live music and visuals
Friday Feb 6 4-7pm Schelling Reading Group with Yuk Hui & Louis Morelle
GNUniversity is a Free Libre and Open Source Remote Education System designed for Empowerment of Workers, Labour Unionists and Organisers via Study-Circles, Self-training, exchange and strategy sessions delivered online and face to face, using FLOSS platforms like Big Blue Button, Meet.Jitsi, Talky and others...
This is an appeal for an institutional p2pfunding and p2p collaboration campaign, for realising the 2nd International Networked Labour Seminar, in Amsterdam, at around May 2015. Draft proposal for the 2nd event can be seen here: https://titanpad.com/networkedlabour2ndencounterproposal
Project will be managed based on open participatory budgeting and p2p clloaboration principles. We welcome all kinds of technical, logistical, financial, artistic / design, physical labour, and knowledge based contributions, especially from interested local creative communites and cooperatives from Netherlands and Europe that would like to take part in the event.
Design of the event, its content, form, and list of invitees will be open to supporters and collaborators’ suggestions. Sponsors and the registered collaborators will be able to suggest topics and methodology for the design of the seminar. Estimated budget, participatory tools and mechanisms will be published at http://www.networkedlabour.net/ during the second week of October 2014.
If you are interested in collaborating please contact me directly at networg at networg dot nl (networg [at] networg [dot] nl)
Open Letter to Gezi Forums and networks on the idea of organizing the 3rd Agora99 in Istanbul in 2015
Starting in 2011, the world witnessed a wave of truly transnational and global grass-roots uprisings. In Tunisia, Egypt, Iceland, Greece, Spain, Israel, Chile, the UK, the US, Turkey, Brazil and in many other places people took to the streets to protest against injustice and inequality and for democracy. Struggles that had been ongoing for years gained new visibility and new movements and struggles formed.
These uprisings spread from on place to another ignited by distinct local issues. However, self-organisation, connectivity and horizontality have become characteristics of all of these uprisings: They practice new forms of democratic decision making and do not have leaders. They organize through assemblies, working groups, and convergence spaces and allow mass participation grounded in social networks and online meetings.
Also, transnational and translocal ties that connect groups, movements and individuals on regional, national and international levels have allowed to spread and continue these uprisings, creating networks of dignity across the world. Larger assemblies allowed for self-reflexion and exchange. One of them has been Agora99.
#MapJam 2.0: The Sharing Cities Network has launched the 2nd annual global#MapJam to build community and bring activists together in cities around the world to connect the dots and map grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons.
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#MapJam 1.0: Fifty cities around the world began mapping their shared resources in October and November in 2013 during Shareable’s first annual global #MapJam. This was just the beginning of the Sharing Cities Network – an ambitious project to create one hundred sharing cities by 2015.
What has been happening in Rojava and at turkey-Syrian border is extremely worrisome and tension is rapidly spreading in Turkey. Things can escalate in Turkish cities, putting nationalists, Kurdish movements, Islamist radicals, and progressives into clashes with each other, leading to the destabilization of the last brick on the wall about to collapse. Yesterday in Istanbul University campus there were IS supporters attacking and chanting radical slogans, being attacked back by left groups. Kobane has been under a very heavy attack by IS and total amount of refugees crossing border (and young and men returns to war zone) has been between 2-3 million people. In southern cities there has been increasing aggression towards new comers. No body seems to know what will bring tomorrow. This sounds pretty much like a Global Shock Doctrine in being implemented.
We are developing software for transitioning to the next economy. Not this economy, the next economy.
The next economy must be driven by human and ecological needs rather than profit. And it will be networked.
The term Value Network was coined by Verna Allee. The Open part was added by Sensorica. We've been working as partners with them on our latest (and we think greatest) software project for the past year and a half. You can see it in action here and get the software here.Here are some concept/tutorial slideshows.
The Sensorica open value network comes out of the global trend towards open source hardware and commons-based peer to peer (P2P) production. They offer anyone in the world a chance to contribute to their creations, and be rewarded in proportion to their contributions.
Sensorica's unique contribution to the next economy is the "Value Equation", where instead of the boss taking a profit, the income is distributed to the contributors using a democratically-decided equation. This has yet to be fully worked out, either in Sensorica or our software, but we think it is a transformative idea.
We're also working with other groups who want to use the same software: the Guerrilla Media Collective of Spain, the Tanzania Innovation Portfolio, the APRUS Drone group, and the Driftless Herbal Exchange Network close to home in SW Wisconsin.
Support GNUnion and the network of emancipatory projects we are engaged in anyway you can. Most preferably by joining your hands, hearts and minds with us, so that we can walk together towards a commons humanity, to overcame all kinds of alienations in dignity.
In case you like to support our work financially, the amount you donate will be used to cover the project related costs. Amount over due will be shared with or donated to sister collaborative communities that are developing similar projects and working for a commons humanity like us.
Hackers, makers, workers, farmers, designers, squatters, and all communities stitching One Big Mesh Network for the Emanication of Labour and the Commons
The information society has come with the promise to restore information as a commons. The promise has not yet proven true. Instead, we face trends towards the commercialisation and commoditisation of all information; towards the totalisation of surveillance and the extension of the battlefield to civil society through information warfare; towards disinfotainment overflow; towards a collapse of the technological civilisation itself.
The Vienna Summit is a multi-conference and is at the same time the 5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political Economy and Critical Theory.
Regarding Commons Transition, the first question is, can you define Commons Transition, and what it means to you?
Well, for me, when we are talking about transition and developing commons, what we are talking about is moving away from a capitalist economy based on private incomes and private profits, to a new kind of economy, where the main focus is the commons.
Do you see some existing examples of Commons Transition today?
There are more and more examples of commons resources. Free knowledge is a commons and it’s expanding; every day there are more and more tools for this. But what’s more difficult is to organize as a whole system or way of living related to the commons, no? This is not yet so widespread, perhaps because these commons are being created as volunteer work by people, or with some kind of specific funding, but not connected as a systemic whole.
1. Creating one big mesh network for the working people from the Global South and Global North by linking autonomous networks and communities of high-tech/knowledge, industrial and service workers; domestic, immigrant, rural, jobless and future workers; solidarity, activism and research networks; labour, environmental, social justice and information freedom activists,
2. Hyper- and self-empowerment of the individual nodes and networks involved,
3. Emancipation of human labour, creativity and potential from current dominant system based on waged slavery by mesh networking existing and working alternatives and building new ones,
4. Combining labour, digital, creative and media activism to confront system with transnationally meshed, systemic and strategic mass actions,
The network of the projects we design and develop focuses on self-organizing and connecting like-minded peers and their network bases to each other strategically and synergetically. To this end we build dynamic, free, libre, and open access spaces and tools through which our collective agendas, struggles, and energies can entangle with each other, and we can act upon them harmonically. Variety of projects listed below invites like minded peers to use the individual social and communicational power they have and collaborate around dynamic, creative and positive projects empowering them. By combining peer to peer social dynamics and technologies, and embedding them into our internal and external processes and relations we ultimately target global emancipation of labour and the commons from the capital, by empowering all the single nodes joining in collaborating creation of a commons humanity.
Below are the core projects we are currently occupied with. We have been developing those based on totally free and peer to peer contributions, cooperation and mutual aid. This allowed us to be able to stay autonomous and independant from any state or private entity, its financially and ideological influece. In order to support and empower each other we have used the spaces created by organisations like P2P Foundation, Union Solidarity International (the Organizing Network – ON), and collaborating with comrade projects Says-Us, LabourLeaks, Cyberunions, May First/People Link, and others free of charge. Most recently GNUnion became affiliated to the Fair.coop, the first global people's owned cooperative. The only exception of finacial and material support we recieved, was a small fund we used to realise the organisation of the first Networked Labour Seminar. This fund came from the Transform europe! and Transnational Institute.
RIPESS is an intercontinental network that connects social and solidarity economy networks throughout the world. As a network of networks, it brings together continental networks, that in turn bring together national and sectoral networks. RIPESS believes in the importance of global solidarity in order to build and strengthen an economy that puts people and planet front and center. From Lima to Quebec, from Dakar to Luxembourg, RIPESS organizes global forums every four years and is a nexus for learning, information sharing and collaboration.
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