Here we present a Commons Transition interview with Enric Duran, who's currently busy organizing the FairCoop Open Cooperative, a community built effort to alleviate global economic inequalities through the use of mutual credit, reputation systems and cryptocurrencies.
The system is clearly broken and the game needs to be changed: We need a new blueprint for the economy and a new infrastructure and culture to support it. After the 2008 financial collapse it began to change with the emergence of the Occupy movement and with growing numbers of young adults beginning to create their own economies based on a do-it-yourself ethic (or rather, more accurately, a ‘do-it-together’ ethic), and sharing what they have (materials) and what they know (cognitive) with their peers.
KMO welcomes independent research and writer, David Bollier, to the C-Realm to discus the themes in his new book, Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons. First, they dispense with Garret Hardin’s so-called “Tragedy of the Commons,” which purports to...
"While Communism is an older and much broader movement than the work of Marx and his followers alone, we are all none the less united around the central idea that our shared productive capacity should be directed towards the common wealth and that each person should have the opportunity to maximize their ability and potential, and to contribute accordingly...
"Michel Bauwens, Founder of the P2P Foundation, has recorded four short videos describing the FLOK Society’s pioneering research project in Ecuador. FLOK stands for “Free, Libre, Open Knowledge,” and the FLOK Society is a government-sponsored project to imagine how Ecuador might make a strategic transition to a workable post-capitalist knowledge economy. As Research Director of the project, Michel and his team are exploring the practical challenges of making commons-based peer production a widespread, feasible reality as a matter of national policy and law.
The four videos – each four to six minutes in length – are a model of succinct clarity. Here is a short summary of each one, which I hope will entice you to watch all of them ..."
Guerrilla Translation!'s insight:
Here's our Spanish translation of David Bollier's article, including Spanish subtitles for all four videos: http://bit.ly/1jZpbh1
Dr. Dennis McKenna describes how people are reaching out for meaningful experiences beyond what politicized religious institutions can provide. McKenna talks about how shamanic practices can be integrated into our culture through rites of passage and medical institutions that value psychedelic experiences. Dennis discusses how the proper context for these experiences can heal the wounds at the heart of our society while changing hearts and mind in a way that’s needed for a sustainable paradigm.
In short, we need a alliance of the commons to project civil and political power and influence at every level of society; we need phyles to strengthen our economic autonomy from the profit-maximizing dominant system; and we need Chambre of the Commons to achieve territorial policy; legal and infrastructural conditions for the alternative, human and …
"This is a wondrously thought-provoking book. Unlike other social theorists who either mindlessly decry or celebrate the digital age, Rushkoff explores how it has caused a focus on the immediate moment that can be both disorienting or energizing. In an era that seems intent on deleting the art of narrative, Rushkoff creates a compelling narrative of the way we now live."
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