On Monday 9 March, a few hours after the ultimatum posed by ReThink UvA had passed, the Executive Board had planned the first of a series of weekly discussions with staff and students in the CREA university theater. The debate was very well attended: more than 100 people were present inside the auditorium, and another 100 in the overflow space. The program was organized to facilitate a traditional debate, in which the CvB set the terms for discussion, and would be in clear control of the proceedings. But in response to the Board’s breaking of our ultimatum, ReThink UvA staff and students had planned a playful democratic intervention.
After the formal intro and agenda, a staff member took the mic and declared that in light of the CvB’s response of earlier this morning, we have decided to demonstrate what democracy is, sound our own voice, and conduct a slightly different debate with a new agenda. When asked “who we are,” most of the crowd present rose to their feet with signs saying “Het Maagdenhuis is hier” and moved to clear the chairs, sat on the ground, and began a new conversation. The original moderator tried to hang on to his job for a little while, but eventually yielded the floor to a student moderator.
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
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
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.
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”.
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.
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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Main Hall 06:00 – 09:00 Morning Rave – Start the Day Dancing! There will be smoothies, dj’s and coffee! 12:00 – 13:30 Lecture Anouk de Koning- “Racialized Amsterdam? Reflections on the ‘Notorious’ Diamantbuurt” 13:30 – 15:00 Lecture by Tatiana Markaki: “Greek Crisis: What’s “Wrong” With the Greeks?” 15:00 – 16:00 Lecture by Wendela de Vries: “Arms Trade to the Middle East” 16:00 – 18:00 We Are Here & Theatre Studies – Debate Gestures of Protest 18:00 – 19:00 Dinner 19:00 – 20:00 Lecture by Erik de Groot on Educational Law (Dutch) 20:00 – 21:00 Lecture by Abulkasim Al-Jaberi: “Paris Attacks in Perspective”
Rooms Upstairs & Canteen: 11:00 – 12:00 Legal Talk AG (Cinema Room) 13:00 – 15:00 Seminar Visual Etnography and Anthropological Research by Sanderien Verstappen en Mario Rutten (Cinema Room) 14:00 – 15:30 We Are Here and Theater Studies – Workshop Gestures of Protest (No Press Room) 18:00- 20:00 Theater Workshop – University of Colour (Cinema Room) 21:00 – 23:00 General Assembly (Canteen)
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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.
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.
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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:
„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’.
via Sowing the seeds of a new economy | Red Pepper.
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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