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Working and caring in a world of commons

5 November 2013, Hilary Wainwright 

Conventionally, the concept of ‘labour’ is understood as referring to waged labour – the capacity to labour as exercised through a market. It was precisely this narrow understanding of labour that the discussions in this stream challenged from several angles.

 

Doing away with ‘labour’ (pdf, 110KB)

This report on the very rich but diverse contributions to this stream will be organised around the main conference theme: ‘from seed form to core paradigm’. Applying this idea to labour, the vision is of a paradigm shift from an economy in which our capacity to work, to labour or, in other words, to produce is managed as a commodity, priced, bought and sold on the ‘labour market’, to one in which this human capacity is managed as a commons, the responsibility of society, for the benefit of society. (Of course this raises big questions of the organisation of ‘society’ and, as always, the management of labour as a commons)

  
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LabourLeaks.org submission: TSTG Duisburg Hardship Fund misuse

LabourLeaks.org submission: TSTG Duisburg Hardship Fund misuse | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

LABOURLEAKS.ORG – Exposing wrongdoings in the workplace

This is a letter from the First Represantive of the IG Metall Duisburg-Dinslaken, the German Engineering Union, to former employees of the closed steel works TSTG in Duisburg which made rails for the German railways. The letter is addressed to ex-employees who are still in the union. It concerns those employees who have not managed to find a job after a year after the company closed down. There are two aspects of the letter that are questionable. Firstly, the “works council” is involved in the discussion as to who gets what from the “hardship fund”. This is strange because the council has long ceased to exist. Secondly, the author states explicitely that the information contained in the letter is only going to those colleagues who are still members of the IG Metall. Everyone else may not be informed by the union. No explanation is given as to why this is so and ex-employees suspect that only union members will benefit from the hardship fund.

https://www.labourleaks.org/submissions/tstg-hartefond/view  ;

 

*Follow the LabourLeaks.org for the upcoming files about the interseting story of drilling workers at TSTG, by company-union partnership. 

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About Commons Transition | Commons Transition

About Commons Transition | Commons Transition | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

The Commons Transition Platform is a database of practical experiences and policy proposals aimed toward achieving a more humane and environmentally grounded mode of societal organization. Basing a civil society on the Commons (including the collaborative stewardship of our shared resources) would enable a more egalitarian, just, and environmentally stable society.

The proposals in this web platform go beyond rhetoric and are inspired by successful, self-organized working communities that maintain themselves and their environments through Commons Based Peer Production, Property and Governance.

The Commons, together with Peer to Peer dynamics, represent a third mode of societal organization that evolves away from the competitive Market State and obsolete, centrally-planned systems. It is a system based on the practices and needs of civil society and the environment it inhabits at the local, regional, national and global levels.

Please browse through the sections below to find out more.

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SUPERMARKT Berlin -

SUPERMARKT Berlin - | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

As fans of Digital Culture and Open Source solutions we often organize community-based events: Hackathons, developer events, tech workshops, book- and magazinesprints.

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Blockupy-Festival – „#talk #dance #act – Blockupy

Blockupy-Festival – „#talk #dance #act – Blockupy | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
The Festival highlights Nov. 20th to Nov. 23rd 2014 Thursday, Nov. 20th | 20:00 CET | Gewerkschaftshaus (trade union house, Wilhelm-Leuschner Str. 69-77, close to the central station in Frankfurt):...
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#KeepCalmism and Writing the Algorithms of Emancipation

#KeepCalmism and Writing the Algorithms of Emancipation | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Algortihms of Capitalism is the new book curated by Matteo Pasquinelli. This link would direct the reader to the Italian version of this very exciting volume which brings together the Accelerationist Manifesto, some reactions to it, and some important reflections relevant to what Toni Negri calls ‘the #Accelerationist politics’ that can be drawn from the manifesto. Most of the articles have been already online in English as well. Here I collected some of those:

 
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Social (Network) Unionism and Social (Networked) Strike by Tiziana Terranova

Social (Network) Unionism and Social (Networked) Strike by Tiziana Terranova | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
Social unionism and digital labor in the transnational space of European austerity Over the past few years, European social movements have struggled to find new ways of cooperating and connecting i...
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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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Bibliography and Cirricilum: Critical Global Political Economy, P2P, Commons and the Transition beyond Capitalisms and the Worse

Bibliography and Cirricilum: Critical Global Political Economy, P2P, Commons and the Transition beyond Capitalisms and the Worse | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
GNUnion - One Big Meshwork's insight:

We are inviting the peer producers and the commoners to join us to create a peer produced commons knowledge resource, which will include text books, articles, audio and video material addressing and broadening the dialogue between critical social theories on p2p, commons and global political economy on the other and political and cultural praxis towards realizing emancipatory commons transitions going beyond capitalisms while avoiding worse options like fascisms and wars. Believeing that it is cyristal clear that the humanity is passing through yet another historical passage, a context defined by deepening systemic crisis of human civilization, under serious threats of global wars, extreem right wing and religious fundamentalism, as well as natural and human disasters caused by the current mode of production; but also where the emergence of the realities of the p2p and the commons which by now proven themselves as concept and practices that are bearing 'the seeds of the new', the potential forms of, what Marx reffereed as, the 'associated mode of production' -more then one and a half century ago; while they also promise possible creation what Kropotkin and Buchkin thought as 'communal mutual aid society' -in the previous century, yet to be created and consolidated collectively in pain and struggle. Therefore we are inviting and encouraging all those who are interested in collaborating on this special project thourhg which we could develop a structured and systematic pedegogical material, as a base for free access self- and floss- high level remote emancipatory education material. In order to be able to make any entry please register to the P2P-Foundation's wiki page first. Please make sure that your entries mathes comes under  relevant section, and you are applied as much as a similar format used for other similar material placed on the wiki before you. Let us join efforts to enrich a common pool of emancipatory knowledge and analyses, that can function as a base for cleared vision for commons actions and alternatives with power and energies to realize global transitions towards fair, just, peaceful and beautiful world. For any questions and support you can send an email at: networkedlabour [at] networg [dot] nl  

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Major New Cosmic Simulation: The Significant Computing Power to Model 13 Billion Years of Genesis

Scientists have created an important new simulation of cosmic evolution. It takes place in a virtual cube 350 million light-years squared, and spans a time p...
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A Status Update on GNUnion / Says-us.net Collaboration

Says-us and GNUnion at #DL14 Ney York 14 Nov 2014 A Status Update from NetwOrg
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On the recent return of 'acceleration' ideas in relation to transition/rapture 'strategies' from above

I recently did a post on the networked-labour list [http://lists.contrast.org/mailman/listinfo/networkedlabour], and re posted here [http://snuproject.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/coding-the-algorithyms-of-emancipatory-modes-of-production/], of the Algorithms of Capital, an edited volume, by Matteo Pasquinelli. In my post, joining McKenzie Wark’s friendly critique of the ‘accelerationist’ revolutionary politics, I provided an alternative proposal for a slow, zen, calm, mindful bottom up hacking of the ‘accelerationism’ of the capital. Here on P2P foundation’s blog it was the book of the day (yesterday): http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/book-of-the-day-algorithms-of-capital/2014/11/15

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Program: Digital Labor Conference

Program: Digital Labor Conference | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
PROGRAM Download the full program (PDF) Flip through the program here. November 13, 2014 06:00 PM Workingman's Death November 14, 2014 08:00 AM Speaker Check-in 10:00 AM Opening Plenary 10:45 AM (N...
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Agora 99 » Pre-meeting program

Agora 99 » Pre-meeting program | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
Agora99 İstanbul’daAVRUPA’DAN YOLDAŞLARI AĞIRLIYORUZ!Son dönemde Avrupa’da gerçekleşen ayaklanmalar sonrası kurulan Agora99’u 24 ve 25 ekimde Mahalle Evi’nde ağarlıyoruz. İşgal fabrikalarından özyönetim kliniklerine, emek örgütlerinden mega-proje karşıtı hareketlere, mahalle evlerinden feminist örgütlere uzanan esinlendirici bir çeşitliliğe sahip Agora99’un tüm İstanbul forum ve örgütlerine yaptığı çağrıyı dikkatinize sunuyoruz.
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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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