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The Transition to Free Libre and Open Source Soci(alism)ity | via Michel Bauwens

The Transition to Free Libre and Open Source Soci(alism)ity | via Michel Bauwens | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

The period of transition between our current capitalist economic and social system and a socialist economy is a very controversial subject among socialists. Maintaining an active dialogue and critique of this period is absolutely critical to our strategic and tactical understanding of how to achieve a socialist society. Nothing springs from the naked void fully formed1. We need to examine the best avenues open to us for changing our current social direction into a society we would like to bring into existence.

 

The Juncture

Capitalism is like a hot ember placed on a flammable object – the fire consumes the body in patches and gulps, some areas taking longer to catch, some areas exploding with flame and some areas quickly charred and brought to heel. Yet capitalism smouldered for a long period before catching fire. An economic, social and political regime can appear to remain stagnant while an apparent marginal economic activity moves towards dominance and finally erupts. Capitalism, which was once a marginal approach to economic activity, exploded onto the scene of history with dynamic force; a force which in a few centuries almost completely eliminated feudalism. A theory of social change will have to take into account the conditions which allow new social systems to ignite. It must also recognise that societies can exist in an admixture of various different economic systems. For this reason studying the entrance of capitalism onto the political scene is deeply important. Its genesis can give us clues to its demise.

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Occupying the Money System: Enric Duran introduces Fair.Coop | P2P Foundation


What was missing for us to start out on this path was a monetary initiative present in these markets which, instead of relying on human competition to retain the greatest value, would be based on human cooperation as equals, creating value for all. With the arrival of Fair.Coop, faircoin has become the cryptocurrency focused on the social cooperation that was missing.

Enric Duran initially approached us during the late spring. He’d read Michel Bauwens’ policy paper for Transitioning to a Common Based Society and said that he was interested in collaborating with the P2P Foundation on a number of projects. When we asked for his impressions on Michel’s policy paper, he replied, “Yeah, we’re already doing half of what you describe in the paper at the CIC (Catalan Integral Cooperative)…now we want to do the other half”.

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Digital Labor, Nov 14-16, NYC, US

Digital Labor, Nov 14-16, NYC, US | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
SWEATSHOPS, PICKET LINES, AND BARRICADES will bring together designers, labor organizers, theorists, social entrepreneurs, historians, legal scholars, independent researchers, cultural producers and perspectives from workers themselves to discuss emerging forms of mutual aid and solidarity.

The third in The New School’s Politics of Digital Culture Conference Series Sponsored by The New School and The Institute for Distributed Creativity.
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The Art of Being Many | an assembly of assemblies

  
PUBLIC DAYS OF THE ASSEMBLY:  Septembre 27th and 28th REGISTRATION OPEN! Click HERE Digital flyer / Program – taobmflyer Download the Reader for the Assembly here! End of September 2014 arti...
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Transforming or Eclipsing Capitalism? Thinking of 'informational', 'cognitive' and 'transnational capitalism' together | P2P Foundation

Unedited text published on 16th July 2012 to draw attention to an analytical link between three stream of thoughts that can increase our global understanding of today's capitalism, transformation and may be or eclipse of it: 

- Our intention is [was] to draw mainlines for an historical [energetic] materialist narrative of the rise of the p2p as the dynamic of true communal culture and social relationship among individuals and the peoples, We want to analyse this for each mode of production existed locally and nationaly, as well as for those now being transnationalised and globalised. In that way drawing a line between ‘cognitive’, ínformational' and ‘transnational’ capitalism theories. We wish to explore empirically how was p2p relational dynamics spreading and transforming productive forces (from primarily force society itself to other means of production) and capitalist social relations of production, so that it has brought about a possibility of truly communal culture and social relations and survelliance, exploitation and control capacities simulateniously as the first time at the global scale...."

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The Co-Workers and Co-Working-Spaces of the World Uniting?

Welcome to the Coworking Wiki! 

http://wiki.coworking.org/w/page/16583831/FrontPage

If you are a coworker, space owner, or coworking enthusiast, this site belongs to you. You can request editing privileges with a sentence or two about why you’re interested in coworking. If you’re just visiting or here to learn more, there is a lot of information available for space owners, catalysts, and coworkers.

 International Coworking Week was August 2 – 9 2014, and we celebrated all over the world.  

 come check out our stories, and add your own!!

Please note: it may take us a few days to grant editing privileges after receiving your request. There are help pages available if you are having trouble making a change or uploading content. 

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GNUnion v 1.0 Beta - One Big Meshwork

← Video Tutorial of P2P value directory of Commons Based Peer Production Initiatives GNUnion v 1.0 Beta – One Big MeshworkPosted on August 14, 2014by GNUnion  
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Chart of the day

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The Cult of Sharing

THE SHARING ECONOMY’S MARQUEE STARTUP Airbnb recently unveiled a new brand identity and positioning to help propel its international expansion. Airbnb’s new wordmark and logo nicknamed “the Bélo” is said to have been the culmination of a year-long process, including a cross-cultural analysis to ensure their identity would be understood around the world.

Exhaustive branding efforts are unusual among pre-IPO Silicon Valley companies. For years they’ve leaned on primary colors, gradients and rounded fonts, default signifiers of fun and friendliness that negate the staid formality of the more conventionally-minded business world, attempting no greater meaning than “this is not your father’s corporation.” Even Google only starting taking its brand semi-seriously in 2010, six years after it went public.

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Integral revolution: an interview to Enric Duran about CIC

Integral revolution: an interview to Enric Duran about CIC | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

In this interview, Neal Gorenflo (founder, Shareable), Michel Bauwens (founder, P2P Foundation), and John 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.

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#ISS14: Capitalism, Anti-Capitalism and the Trade Union Movement 7 July 2014

#ISS14: Capitalism, Anti-Capitalism and the Trade Union Movement  7 July 2014 | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
#ISS14: Capitalism, Anti-Capitalism and the Trade Union Movement 

7 July 2014

Talk by Asbjørn Wahl, Fagforbundet (Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees) and Bill Fletcher, American Federation of Government Employees

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The Tragedy of The Private, The Potential of The Public

From South Africa to Brazil, from Italy to the US, in Uruguay, Greece, Norway, the UK and in many other countries, municipal councils are taking services back under public control. Public Service workers and their fellow community members are not only defending public services but are also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to the people’s needs and desires.

The Tragedy of The Private, The Potential of The Public (pdf, 3.6MB)

This report co-published by Public Services international and the Transnational Institute surveys anti-privatisation campaigns by PSI affiliates around the world. From South Africa to Brazil, from Italy to the US, in Uruguay, Greece, Norway, the UK and in many other countries, municipal councils are taking services back under public control.

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Global Labour Institute International Summer School 2014 #ISS14

Global Labour Institute International Summer School 2014 #ISS14 | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

The third GLI International Summer School
will be held from Monday 7th – Friday 11th July 2014 at Northern College in Barnsley, UK. The aim of the Summer School is to bring together trade union activists from around the world to debate and question what are, and what should be, the politics of the international trade union movement.

This year, up to 100 participants will be attending the Summer School – including delegations from national unions and global union federations, invited trade union activists, labour movement researchers and educators. 

Most participants who attend the school are nominated by supportive unions, union federations and organisations. If you’re interested in attending the Summer School, get in contact with your union in the first instance.

If you have any further queries about the Summer School, drop us an email at gli-uk@global-labour.net

The Programme

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Outernet

Outernet | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Summary of Update:
Vote on the location of the Outernet test signal
The Outernet blog is LIVE!
First test stream of Outernet is a success
Be a part of the Outernet design process
Meet our Marketing and Communications Lead, Thane Richard
Outernet Blog is LIVE!
We will be keeping you posted with updates as well as pieces about the work we are doing, the technology behind it, and how it is changing the world. We invite contributions, so visit the blog, read, and possibly write.

First test stream of Outernet is a success
On June 24, Syed Karim, Outernet's CEO, watched as information came streaming over an emulation of the satellite broadcast. This simulation tested a few critical assumptions of the Outernet design:

Confirmation that a Raspberry Pi coupled with a Linux-compatible DVB-S tuner can create a cheap, reliable, satellite receiver.
Early testing of a web-based file delivery system for satellite broadcasts.
Validation of a general concept of operations.
Stay tuned for a more detailed updates on Outernet's progress via our blog.

Be a part of the Outernet design process
We have hired a videographer, designer, and web architect to create a new look and feel for Outernet before we switch on our product test. We believe Outernet should be open and democratic from the outset, so we are inviting you to be a part of the design process. Have a logo idea you think we would love? Is there a website you think looks amazing that we should learn form? Send it to us via our blog and stay tuned for updates.

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turkopticon - lets you REPORT and AVOID shady digital employers

turkopticon - lets you REPORT and AVOID shady digital employers | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
Turkopticon helps the people in the 'crowd' of crowdsourcing watch out for each other—because nobody else seems to be. Almost half of the Mechanical Turk workers who wrote their Bill of Rights dema...
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Holidays for the Unemployed: The protest of Austrian Active Unemployed continues

Holidays for the Unemployed: The protest of Austrian Active Unemployed continues | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

„Aktive Arbeitslose Österreich“ (Austrian Active Unemployed) are starting an international online petition 

 

(Vienna 2014-08-27) A Flash Mob on the 8th of August in the city at „Wiener Graben“ was a great success. About 20 unemployed people were sunbathing at the Graben, in front of the Erste Bank and socialised with guest from all over the world. This was a protest, that in Austria unemployed cant leave their without loosing benefits and social insurance. 50 picture postcards to the social services minister, where international guest demanded the right to holidays for the unemployed.

 
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Sowing the seeds of a new economy | Red Pepper

Sowing the seeds of a new economy | Red Pepper | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Practical alternative economic models are rapidly taking shape in practice in Catalonia. Are the indignados finally harvesting? asks Peter de Jong

August 2014

“Try one, they’re extremely tasty”, says Jordi, throwing one of the fruits of his orange tree in my direction. The orange-bricked terrace behind his Barcelona apartment is full of sustainable, self-reliant projects in every corner. Eggshells and coffee grounds fertilize an olive tree; a dumpster doubles as a compost heap; wooden trays grow all kinds of vegetables. Jordi has invited me over to see his latest addition—a square-metre solar panel. It hums quietly in the sunlight on this beautiful Spanish morning.

A full-time psychologist, Jordi is also an active member of various cooperatives throughout Spain and one of the founders of alternative media outlet La Marea. “This solar panel supplies around ten percent of my total energy consumption,” he calculates. “It’s not that much, but it has its political purposes.”

He points to the slogan on a poster hanging from the panel’s mount: ‘#DeSolBediencia’. It is a play on the Spanish words sol (meaning sun) and desobediencia (disobedience), and the name of a recent campaign by ECOOO, a Spanish energy cooperative working towards ‘solar revolution’.

via Sowing the seeds of a new economy | Red Pepper.

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Against Divisiveness: Digital  Workers of the World Unite!  A Rejoinder to César Bolaño by Christian Fuchs

Against Divisiveness: Digital   Workers of the World Unite!   A Rejoinder to César Bolaño  by Christian Fuchs | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Abstract

This piece is a short rejoinder to César Bolaño’s paper The Political Economy of the Internet and related articles (e.g., Comor, Foley, Huws, Reveley, Rigi and Prey, Robinson) that center around the relevance of Marx’s labor theory of value for understanding social media. I argue that Dallas Smythe’s assessment of advertising was made to distinguish his approach from the one by Baran and Sweezy. Smythe developed the idea of capital’s exploitation of the audience at a time when both feminist and anti-imperialist Marxists challenged the orthodox idea that only white  factory workers are exploited. The crucial question is how to conceptualize productive labor. This is a theoretical, normative, and political question. A mathematical example shows the importance of the “crowdsourcing” of value-production on Facebook. I also point out parallels of the contemporary debate to the Soviet question of who is a productive or unproductive worker in the Material Product System.

Keywords: Social media, Internet, digital labor, Karl Marx, Dallas Smythe, labor theory of value

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Blockupy International Invites Movements, Networks, Organisations to an Open Assembly in Brussels. September 26-27 – Blockupy

Blockupy International Invites Movements, Networks, Organisations to an Open Assembly in Brussels. September 26-27 – Blockupy | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

We, as Blockupy international coordinating group, met in Berlin on June 21st, to discuss the outcomes of the May of Solidarity and the future perspectives. During the days of mobilization actions were various and rich, and we valued positively that many have been organized from outside the May of Solidarity process. We also agreed that, though the Blockupy process is focused on mobilizing towards the opening of the new ECB building in Frankfurt (now scheduled for early 2015), an autonomous political initiative cannot be simply bounded to the dates established by the institutional agenda: we need a larger social and political perspective. The postponing of Turin EU summit on “youth employment”, on the other hand, has left many without a common space to gather, act and discuss. The message of May of Solidarity across Europe – “Solidarity beyond borders, building democracy from below!” – found much resonance, but a strong transnational movement is still to come and we know that no one, beginning with us, could consider themselves to be sufficient.

 
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Video Tutorial of P2P value directory of Commons Based Peer Production Initiatives

 

 

 

 
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Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy - P2P Foundation

This entry is about the forthcoming book “Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy” co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens. The scholarly book is published by Palgrave Macmillan and here you may find a working draft of it: The discussion about is continuing on the P2P Foundation email list, the Networked Labour email list and in personal email exchanges at kostakis.b AT gmail.com and/or michel AT p2pfoundation.net.

Preface

The aim of this book is not to provide yet another critique of capitalism but rather to contribute to the ongoing dialogue for post-capitalist construction, and to discuss how another world could be possible. We build on the idea that peer-to-peer infrastructures are gradually becoming the general conditions of work, economy, and society, considering peer production as a social advancement within capitalism but with various post-capitalistic aspects in need of protection, enforcement, stimulation and connection with progressive social movements. Using a four-scenario approach, we attempt to simplify possible outcomes and to explore relevant trajectories of the current techno-economic paradigm within and beyond capitalism. The first part of the book begins with an introduction (chapters 1 and 2) of the techno-economic paradigm shifts theory, which sees capitalism as a creative destruction process. Such a dynamic, innovation-based understanding of economic and societal development arguably allows for an integral bird’s-eye-view of future scenarios (chapter 3) within and beyond the dominant system. Sharing the conviction that the globalized economy is at a critical turning point, we describe the four future scenarios; namely, netarchical capitalism, distributed capitalism, resilient communities and global Commons. Netarchical and distributed capitalism (chapters 4 and 5) are parts of the wider value mode of cognitive capitalism and form, what we call “the mixed model of neo-feudal cognitive capitalism” (chapter 6). On the other hand, the resilient communities (chapter 7) and the global Commons (chapter 8) reside in the hypothetical model of mature peer production under civic dominance. We postulate that the mature peer production communities pose a sustainable alternative to capital accumulation, that of the circulation of the Commons. Hence, we make some tentative transition proposals towards a Commons-based economy and society for the state, the market and the civic domain (chapter 9). Finally, we conclude with remarks and suggestions for future actions.

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Charles van der Haegen's curator insight, August 12, 1:41 PM

P2P and my friend Michel Bauwens, which I haven't seen for ages last time in Berlin I think...

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Cooperativa Integral Catalana as a living model of open cooperativism

Enric Duran of the Catalan Integrated Cooperative has taken the time to comment on Michel Bauwens’ recent article on Open Coops, contrasting Bauwens’ proposals with the practical realities already under way in the CIC’s own forward thinking cooperativist environment.

Bauwens’ summary of these proposals include four key proposals which Duran addresses below. To give some context, the four proposals are:

That coops need to be statutorily (internally) oriented towards the common good That coops need to have governance models including all stakeholdersThat coops need to actively co-produce the creation of immaterial and material commonsThat coops need to be organized socially and politically on a global basis, even as they produce locally.

Here are Duran’s comments to each proposal.

 
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About Us

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NDLON improves the lives of day laborers in the United States. To this end, NDLON works to unify and strengthen its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer, more humane environments for day laborers, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community.
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#ISS14: The International Trade Union Movement  7 July 2014 - By Dave Spooner

#ISS14: The International Trade Union Movement   7 July 2014 - By Dave Spooner | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
A brief guided tour around the political and organisational landscape of the movement – for participants new to international trade union discussions.

Highlights

Dave Spooner explains it’s very hard to find an example of the ITUC’s concept of ‘decent work’ in today’s economyThe ILO was formed in 1919 in response to the Russian Revolution – Dave Spooner describes it as a ‘theatre of class warfare’!
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About | Surviving Work

About | Surviving Work | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

 

 

About Us

 

Do you ever get sick of people trying to sell you the formula for success? While it would be lovely if we were all leaders and innovators, in these tough times options are limited. The only choice you might have for the time being (at least) is to get through the day the best way you can.

 

Whether you actually are doing something you love or not, paid or unwaged, suited or booted, doing what’s necessary to keep yourself in work is a survival skill. It’s not as easy as it looks either, especially given the social no-no’s about openly admitting to struggling with work. And if you’re suffering to the extent that it’s actually affecting your mental health? Well, say the words “mental illness” out loud at work and it’s like you just farted in a lift.

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LittleSis - Profiling the powers that be

An involuntary facebook of powerful Americans, collaboratively edited and maintained by people like you.

 We're a grassroots watchdog network connecting the dots between the world's most powerful people and organizations.  
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