„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.
Practical alternative economic models are rapidly taking shape in practice in Catalonia. Are the indignados finally harvesting? asks Peter de Jong
“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’.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A brief guided tour around the political and organisational landscape of the movement – for participants new to international trade union discussions.
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’!
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.
SAYS-USVoice to the voiceless! Power to the powerless! From anonymous complaint to coordinated action.A proposal to create tools for change
Jobvent.com, before it was eviscerated by Glassdoor.com, proved that a site for job related complaints, works. Tens of thousands of employees wrote critical reviews about almost 10,000 different companies.
The outpouring of employee complaints resulted in some improvements, but not enough.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Valuable and concrete reflections are being published, filling public understanding of the nature and dynamics of the most-recent social and emancipatory uprisings, known also as Global Revolution. These papers are highly informative self-reflections, written directly by those activists who involved, and actively participated in the transnational ‘organization’ of the ‘revolution’. The ‘organization’ as well as the ‘revolution’ connote quite different things here then they traditionally do. The reason why it is so, is explained very well in recent articles written for instance by Bernardo Gutiérrez and Rodrigo Nunes, both of whom involved in the 15M, Occupy, Gezi, and Brazilian uprisings from inside, and systematically put their self-reflections together, in a framework of a collaborative action-research network, also named as Global Revolution. Below presentation is another important resource produced by Adrià Rodriguez, who have been very active both in 15M, as other ‘network movements’ since 201-11, and the Global Revolution Research Network: