The P2P Foundation is a full supporting partner of the Cooperativa Integral Catalana, or CIC. We feel that they’re doing essential work in prototyping pre-figurative models of peer production, governance and property. You can find a lot of information about them, their ethics, and long term plans in their excellent English website, or in our own wiki entry on the CIC. We plan to report regularly on the CIC’s activities and our involvement with the group. Today, we want to highlight just one of their most inspiring initiatives: beyond specific target and time based crowdfunding, there is “Coop-funding“. Coopfunding’s own literature describes its platform in the following way. It is:
I have received the below open letter from someone who is very well-known by devoting his life time efforts to international and global solidarity and social emancipation: Peter Waterman. Yet he did put a stress on labour internationalism, of which he saw that the solidarity between unions is only one and a small part in the broad picture. Waterman, himself is coming from a Jewish family, has been openly critical of Zionism and Israel’s ever-expanding a barbaric occupation on Palestinian territory. He has been actively blogging about global labour and union solidarity in his blog page onUnionbook. I say he ‘had’ because, the ‘owner’ of the Unionbook and its mother project LabourStart,Eric Lee, although claiming to be a ‘democratic socialist’ who is known with his over sympathy to the Israeli state and who is also the administrator of the Unionbook site banned Waterman’s user account two days ago. Lee did create the Unionbook on Ning servers. Ning belongs to the corporation owned by Zuckerberg’s ex-partner who is also the creator of Napster. Unionbook thought as a social network site for unionists and attracted at around 5600 international unionist, as users. Waterman’s communication now cut down, as Gazza’s roads cut down by Israel, and he can not now access his acount, pages, posts etc. on Unionbook, and can not responde this on his own blog page on the site.
In the below open letter Waterman guesses the possible reason behind the ‘occupation’ of his cyberspace by Lee, and invites him to discuss the issue publicly. According to Waterman the ban came right after he re-blogged Lee’s own article where Lee openly supports recent war/sate-terrorism launched on Gazza. Waterman gives details from his perspective and indicates the limits of the marriage between ideologies like Zionism, as well as other nationalisms and internationalism.
If you like to support GNUnion financially please do send not more then 5 unit (euro, usd, ytl, etc.) in form of the currency valid in your country, to below account. The amount sent by peers for solidarity will be used only for covering project related costs and the amount over due will be shared with the projects we are collaborating with and other projects sharing the floss, p2p, commons, or hackers’ ethic principles. Account details including all transactions will be published publicly on the GNUnion website on the first day of every month : http://gnunion.wordpress.com/p2psolidarityfunding/ ;
Stephen is in Mexic—-Scotland!!We have been Civi…er…busyBeen on a pub crawl er… podcrawl kevie & mcnalu
We go tech CrazyGLI Streaming and education eventWalton & Stephen explain the stresses, the problems and the hopeFuture plans to get away from google is to use Mexcla and to develop Mexcla ExpansionWe met Bill Fletchernetworked with so many people from around the world
Walton goes Independent to explain the details of the campaign for an Independent ScotlandStephen asks some detailed questionsMore info for Radical Independence
Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, was invited to chair a research team exploring the possibilities for “fundamentally re-imagining” Ecuadorian socity on the basis of commoning, open networks and peer production. The Quito-based project sought ideas from people of all walks of life for 10 months, and released their Transition Plan (available in English here) in June. Bauwens offers his personal analysis of the process below.
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Evaluation assembly : 19 may at 7pm, Pletinckx street, 19, 1000 Brussels
Brussels authorities help silence opposition to the ‘Great Transatlantic Market’ (TTIP)
16 May 2014 – Brussels – for immediate release
This Thursday morning over a thousand people were in the streets of Brussels, attempting to peacefully protest against austerity and the proposed great transatlantic market (TTIP) which were being discussed in the absence of citizens at the European Business Summit.
In an unprovoked move 281 people were violently arrested, including Belgian and European parliamentarians and candidates, senior trade union officials, farmers and many elderly citizens. Brussels Mayor, Yvan Mayeur, must publicly answer why such violent and disproportionate actions were taken.
Emilie Paumard of CADTM said, “We came into the streets because our political leaders are not listening. It seems they’ve only got ears for big business and their representatives who co-organised the European Business Summit. And to be treated so brutally, as if we were violent criminals – when our actions were entirely peaceful. A Europe of police violence, of politico-big business-police collusion, is the complete opposite to the Europe that the D19-20 Alliance, Alter Summit and our European allies are fighting for.”
“The police provocation and the brutal repression are inexcusable. An investigation into the how such events occurred is the least we expect from those responsible, especially after the cabinet of Yvan Mayeur explicitly promised our delegation that those arrested would be promptly released. The blame lies with either the Bourgmeister or his police commissioner Vandersmissen. 10 days before an election, citizens have the right to know who makes the laws in Mayeur-City, and which parties are OK with such brutalities. We are preparing an official complaint and expect a strong political reaction.” Said Felipe Van Keirsbilck, Secretary General of Belgian trade union CNE.
Luc Hollands from the Milk Producers Group, MIG, added, “How peaceful protestors have been treated is atrocious, but it must not detract from the reason we were in the streets in the first place. The continuation of the austerity that will come from the proposed EU-US free trade deal is only going to make European citizens and producers poorer, unhealthier, more precarious and further from the sort of future we were on the streets fighting for. It’s not policing attitudes that must change, it’s the entire political system. But despite what we’ve witnessed from the police, today’s actions have underlined the diversity and the unity of our alliance and strengthens our will to build democracy from below.”
Dyne.org exists since 2000 as a foundation committed to research and development of free and open source software and services. We act in support of artists, creatives and engaged citizens in the digital age with tools, practices and narratives for community empowerment.
Lately, we’ve been talking about the techniques of manipulation used by the government and mass media, regarding the privatization of public education, and all public benefits.
In these first months of legislature, the better part of this manipulation has been aimed at rendering us into a state of shock, after which, intimidated and paralyzed, we would not react against the losses of rights brutally imposed on us. The measures, announcements and declarations of the autonomic and central governments are meted out to us day by day, gradually, like a poisonous drip of constant anxiety. Relentlessly, the media – in some cases, better to say “propagandists” – continues their tireless preaching, like a disheartening echo of bad news from on high (from the council of ministers or the rating agencies).
How have global rivalries shaped the world we live in, and how do they continue to affect the way some of the most crucial geopolitical decisions of our time are made? In this interview with renowned political scientist Kees van der Pijl, we look at some of the most pivotal events of recent years, from 9/11 to the Arab Spring and the current crisis in Ukraine, to reveal the surprising underlying forces at work.
We’ve recently featured Coopfunding, an Open-Sourced crowdfunding platform designed to “…promote the financing of projects with a social, self managed and cooperative nature.” Today we present a guest article by Enric Duran, one of the developers behind Coopfunding and its parent-project, the Catalan Integral Cooperative, explaining the reasons that led to the creation of Coopfunding. This article was originally published inRadi.MS
Starting on May Day 2014 this network map will serve as a meshwork vısualisation base for long and slow systemic hackaton. The objective is hacking a 'General Strike' for global level and making it as effective as possible infront of the networked and computerised rulin classes of the 21st century [#MayDay #MetaStrike @GNUnion gnunion.wordpress.com] . With this collaborative map we would like to contribute to accelerating collaborations and solidarity between commoners, p2p producers, DIY groups, ethical hacker spaces, solidarity economy networks, as well as worker's and farmer's cooperatives and self-orgaisations. The map will both help us sharing and opening up the needed information and give alternatives a broader visibility.
GNUnion invites you to network, self-organize, and stitch One Big Meshwork by linking like-minded peers and their network bases to each other strategically. We call everyone striving to build dynamic, free, libre, and open source spaces bottom up, to bring their collective agendas and strategies in touch and act upon them in an harmonized way.
GNUnion encourages all its peers to collectivize their individual social and communicational power to swarm around dynamical, creative and positive actions as much as possible. Such collective actions, as we have been witnessing, are capable of making a real impact at unpredicted magnitudes on chosen targets, regardless how large and powerful they are.
Combining peer to peer social relations and technologies and embedding them into all its internal and external processes and relationships, we ultimately aim at hyper-empowerment of all the nodes involved in this One Big Meshwork.
Below are some of the projects we are currently empowering by networking and self-organizing on the Organizing Network (ON). Which is an online collaborative social network site provided by comrades at May First / People Link and Union Solidarity International. ON is build on Elg, which is developed by Lorea.
Talk at the Global Labour Institute International Summer School 2014. Video available here.
- By Dan Gallin
The Socialist International is the organization of the world’s socialist, social-democratic and labour parties, by a loose definition. Its headquarters are in London (Maritime House, Clapham).
It is the successor organization of the historical Internationals of the labour movement, the First (International Working Men’s Association) (1864-1879), the Second (Labour International) (1889-1916), which split three ways during World War I and reconstituted itself as the Labour and Socialist International (LSI) in 1923 The LSI did not survive World War II and the present Socialist International was founded in 1951 in Frankfurt as its successor.
At the last count, it had 162 member parties in 100 countries, and it is now in a deep crisis which reflects the crisis of most of its members, certainly its most influential ones.
Why is any of this important?
Because socialism has been the ideological foundation of most of the world’s trade union movement, not necessarily always in the same acceptance of the term, and today we are faced with a crisis of socialism, which is principally a crisis of the meaning of socialism.
SaysUs just has become affiliated to May First / People Link (Mayfirst.org), which has been providing many useful services to the activists and movements around the world. We did just send the below text to the comrades involved in and collaborate each other at May First / People Link. Yet our call is open to all floss developers, commoners, activists and anyone who shares the vision that we tried to formulate in the text as simple as possible. We invite all comrades around the world who share similar values and virtues to join us and engage with our comrades at May First / People Link network.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
Join Our Email List: https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/workersoftheworldGNUnion is an idea. It is a collaborative effort and a swarm like social activity aiming to interconnect emancipatory cultures, individuals, institutions, visions, strategies and networks to each other. Global networked labour union is a living, conscious and shared map of locally grounded, translocally interacting autonomous collectivities (simultaneously in and between local, regional, national, continental levels) that are forming a global whole. GNUnion of the nodes, hubs and ties involved serves to generate healthier, stronger and clearer path to emancipation beyond capitalist mode of production without destruction.
We therefore invite peers who share the idea, to network and organize to stitch a global mesh-network by linking thier struggles, network bases and labour to each other. Our call is to all who strive for building dynamic, free, libre, and open source spaces, where our autonomous agendas, geographies and visions can interact and become collectivised bottom up manner. While each of which becomes more empowered to move further independantly, in an harmony.
Today, May First 2014. The radical change process the humanity have been going through for a while recently got accelerated. Capitalism is dying and the entire planet is headed faster towards two alternative scenarios. First one is the darkest option, a shadowy Orwellian post-capitalism. Before this option to come into reality a catastrophic war between ‘great-powers’ is inevitable. The second option is much brighter one, an healthy and joyful advanced communiterian civilisation. We invite you all to consider that the time might have come to make your biggest bid and jump forward in your collaborative efforts, projects and activism. This #MayDay we call on you and your community to put further efforts to collaborate with others in order to give an happy end to the ‘Game of Morons’ and to build the path that would lead us all out of the ‘Game of Drones’.
1 Mayıs 2014′de küresel devrimin aşağından inşasına hız vermek için Sistemik bir etki yapacak eş zamanlı pozitif ve yeni nesil bir genel grev tasarlıyoruz.
2014 1 Mayısında, aktif ve topyekun bir kurtuluş sürecinin, tabandan ve sınıfsız bir dünya inşasına büyük bir katkı yaratabilecek işçi sınıfı üyeleri olduğumuzun bilinciyle, hepinizi tamamen yatay karşılıklı saygı, sağlıklı sosyal etkileşim ve dayanışma ve öz temsil ve kolektif disipline dayalı, devrimci bir sınıf örgütlenmesini aynı anda yerel, ulusal, bölgesel ve dünya düzeyinde inşa etmeye katılmaya davet ediyoruz.
In this interview, Neal Gorenflo (founder, Shareable), Michel Bauwens (founder, P2P Foundation), andJohn Restakis (author, “Humanizing the Economy”) speak with Enric Duran. Duran is a Catalan anti-capitalist activist, perhaps best known for his well-publicized act of “financial civil disobedience” announced on September 17, 2008, in which he described his having attained roughly half a million Euros in bank loans and subsequently distributing these funds to support anti-capitalist activist movements. As it was never his intention to pay these debts but instead to stir debate about the unfair legal advantages afforded to the powerful financial elite, he was soon labeled “Robin Banks”, and faced with a lengthy prison sentence. The resulting legal actions and his subsequent seclusion have left him living virtually underground, although he maintains selective contact and has stated that he may return, contingent on a variety of factors. Despite his precarious legal status, his work continues undiminished in the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC), which describes itself as a “transitional initiative for social transformation from below, through self-management, self-organization and networking”. Here is Enric Duran talking about his work and life.