Here’s a development that could have enormous global implications for the search for a new commons-based economic paradigm. Working with an academic partner, the Government of Ecuador has launched a major strategic research project to “fundamentally re-imagine Ecuador” based on the principles of open networks, peer production and commoning.
I am thrilled to learn that my dear friend Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation and my colleague in the Commons Strategies Group, will be leading the research team for the next ten months. The project seeks to “remake the roots of Ecuador’s economy, setting off a transition into a society of free and open knowledge.”
Dit is een vertaling van het artikel ‘Scope not Scale’ verschenen op 22/03/2012 op de website van Aljazeera.
Wat hebben middeleeuwse monniken, Cubaanse socialisten en Wikipedia met elkaar gemeen?
Chiang Mai, Thailand – De competitieve dynamiek van het kapitalisme is welbekend, en heeft alles te maken met schaalvoordelen.
Wanneer bedrijven meer eenheden produceren kunnen ze de prijs per eenheid doen dalen en zodoende hun concurrenten de loef afsteken. Multinationals en wereldmerken maken vandaag gebruik van uiterst complexe waardeketens waarbij de verschillende onderdelen van een product op massale schaal worden vervaardigd in verschillende delen van de wereld.
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"So, yeah," she said, "it's important to build local alternatives, we have to do it, but unless we are really going after the source of the problem" — namely, the fossil-fuel industry and its lock on Washington — "we are gonna get inundated."
NOUVELLE PUBLICATION/ NEW PUBLICATION MCD#69 NET ART - WJ-SPOTS#2 Les artistes s'emparent du réseau Artists take over the…
Toon Van den Brempt's insight:
Wonderful! Sigh! Finally! ART IN THE P2P-NETWORK!!
My Scoop.it Topic
"P2P search for New Politics & Economics"
has in its description:
The Multitude Network Rebellion cannot resolve anything without clear political and economic answers, not afraid of artistic quality. This is a search.>>
my Profile says:
Ex-Amnesty staff and former Kunst & Democratie. Eager to learn about and contribute to the revival of P2P-force and Occupy / Indignons-nous! Trilingual Belgian. Addict of Info, cello and drawing. Arts can make a difference!>>
And indeed, as Oscar Niemeyer who left us last week says about architects and artists in general,"Our concern is political too – to change the world."
In is my utmost believe that inorder to change the world, we need art as much if not more than we need theories.
It is without saying that I am glad whit the message "Les artistes s'empare du réseau / Artists take over the network."
I really hope that the P2P-Foundation and the P2P-rebellion in general will be eager to include artistic messages. Is it pure hazard or is it synergy that today and before reading the above Post, I posted this purely artistic testimony?
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We are caught between an old system that no longer works and a new one that is trying to emerge. In recent times more and more people have grappled with articulating, what they see as the new economic model, with increasing confidence and detail. I believe that the ‘three C’s’ (the change-maker, cooperative and collaborative movements) now offer a credible alternative to the traditional economic system. I’ll try to do that belief justice throughout this article in a way that is neither too philosophical or too niche to really have an impact.
To understand the emergent new economy you’ll have to first expel, from your mind, the polarized socialism versus capitalism debate. Those –isms have been outdated and outmoded. By the same token we don’t want to throw these old systems away as they hold some fundamental DNA that has to be recycled into our new economy.
Snippets from Christine Milne's speech at the National Press Club in Canberra.
26 Sep 2012
"The economy is a tool; a tool we humans invented - like democracy and politics - to help govern our relationships between each other, and between ourselves and the world we live in. If our economic tools are not getting the outcomes we want, making us happy, safe, healthy, better educated and fulfilled and protecting and preparing our country for an increasingly uncertain future in a world on track to be 4 degrees warming, then it is time our economic tools changed."
"Most of the battles of political philosophy over the last two centuries have been about competing views of how to run an economy. Where the old economic right, broadly speaking, has sought to create a 'strong' economy and the old left sought to create a 'fair' economy, neither has grappled with how an economy can be strong or fair when ecological limits are being reached: 'without environment there is no economy'."
"What is not excusable is that the old parties continue to do so. They have failed to keep up over recent decades when the huge ecological challenges of the 21st century - from accelerating global warming to food and water shortages, from air and water pollution to energy crises and resource depletion in a world headed to 9 billion people - have become overwhelming. How can we say we are working towards a strong or fair economy when we aren't addressing these challenges? Just as we hit the limits, the big old parties are moving closer to each other and further out of touch with what people and the real world need."
"To set us on our new path, a path to an economy which serves the needs of people and nature, both for today and for tomorrow:
We will need new economic tools; We will need to learn to do more with less; We will need to reprioritise our investments; and We will need sensible management of taxation and revenue to fund these investments. It is a case of rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle"
"What will be different is that we will have replaced the idea that Australia's wealth is dependent on digging-it-up, cutting-it-down and shipping-it-overseas with the knowledge that our prosperity depends at a personal and collective level on our brains, on our health, on our creativity and on a healthy environment."
"But are the Greens actually anti-growth? That depends on what you are growing and how it is measured. I am for growing natural, human, social, manufactured and financial capital and I am against growing global warming, species extinction, poverty, poor health, inequality, conflict and corruption."
"The Greens want to see everyone given the opportunity to "practise the Art of Living", we want to see people lifted out of poverty, and we know that unless this is done while protecting the environment which sustains us it can only last a very short time. That is what growth is supposed to achieve. The problem is, we measure it with the wrong tools; tools which tell us we're growing when in fact we're not.
If economic growth as it is currently measured isn't actually making us happier, healthier, cleverer or safer then it isn't real growth. If we are growing our economy in defiance of physical limits, that isn't real growth: it's a confidence trick."
'Mary Mellor’s understanding makes an essential contribution to anyone wanting to know more about how the money system works and what its future could and should be.
She takes the view that money is a public resource that should be used to provision human societies on the basis of social justice, wellbeing and environmental responsibility. A steady state economy would be possible if the money system was not driven by the demands of debt-based money, financial accumulation and profit-driven growth. Money should be reclaimed and democratised for the benefit of the whole of society and the natural world.
I support that view wholeheartedly, and warmly recommend these films to anyone who wants to learn more and think what we should do about it.’
James Robertson, author of Future Money: Breakdown or Breakthrough.
Onze samenleving steunt op het absurde idee van materiële overvloed en immateriële schaarste. We doen alsof de planeet oneindig is en plegen er dermate roofbouw op dat het overleven van de menselijke soort in gevaar komt. Anderzijds bouwen we via auteursrechten en patenten artificiële muren rond menselijke kennis om sharing en samenwerking zo moeilijk mogelijk te maken.
Het peer-to-peermodel, geïnspireerd door open source, wil die logica omdraaien. Michel Bauwens ziet in nieuwe fenomenen zoals de samenwerkingseconomie, peer-to-peernetwerken, open source, crowdsourcing, fab labs, microfabrieken, de makersbeweging en stadslandbouw een weg naar een postkapitalistische samenleving, waarbij de markt zal onderworpen worden aan het algemeen belang.
Net zoals het feodalisme ontstond binnen de schoot van de Romeinse slavenmaatschappij en het kapitalisme binnen het feodalisme, groeit ook binnen het kapitalisme het embryo van een nieuwe samenleving. Om de wereld te redden, dringt zich een herlokalisering van de productie op en een uitbreiding van globale samenwerking op vlak van kennis, code en design.
Op 15 oktober stelt Michel Bauwens zijn boek voor. De dagen daarna volgen nog verschillende activiteiten in heel Vlaanderen.
Michel Bauwens werkte onder meer voor BP en Belgacom, waar hij eBusiness strateeg was. Hij richtte twee internetbedrijven op en is stichter van de Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives. Hij is voorzitter van de Technology/ICT working group, Hangwa Forum (Beijing, Sichuan) en schrijft onder meer voor Al Jazeera English. Vorig jaar werd hij door het Post Growth Institute als enige Belg opgenomen in de lijst van de 100 meest inspirerende personen voor een duurzame toekomst.
Jean Lievens was redacteur van Vonk en freelance journalist, gespecialiseerd in financiële berichtgeving en B2B-copywriting voor onder meer ING, Delta Lloyd en G4S. Momenteel is hij ambtenaar voor de stad Brussel. Hij is een actieve blogger (revolutieresolutie.skynetblogs.be en De Wereld Morgen) en redacteur van online knipselkranten over P2P. Zijn peer2politics is volgens Michel Bauwens een der beste in zijn soort.
New technologies, dwindling resources and explosive population growth in the next 18 years will alter the global balance of power and trigger radical economic and political changes at a speed unprecedented in modern history, says a new report by the U.S. intelligence community.
With the exception of Zopa, Funding Circle and Ratesetter, and arguably Thin Cats on the P2B Lending side, most – like FundingKnight – are new entrants with the arrival of new P2P lenders quickly gathering pace.
The P2P Foundation is “an observatory of open, sharing, P2P and commons-oriented activities.” Playing host to numerous conferences and boasting 18,000 articles on the matter, the organization is a valuable hub of ...
Peer production has often been described as a ‘third mode of production’, irreducible to State or market imperatives. The creation and organisation of peer projects takes place without ‘managerial commands or price signals’, without recourse to bureaucratic apparatuses or the logic of competitive markets. Instead, and mimicking the technical architectures upon which many peer projects are based, production is described as non-hierarchical and decentralised. Group dynamics are equally flattened out — and such flattening is captured, of course, in the very notion of the ‘peer’. This issue of the Journal of Peer Production (JoPP) seeks to scrutinise and advance these earlier understandings of peer production through the exploration of value and currency.
frames an adaptive approach to lower rates of economic growth across the planet. As economic growth stalled in 2012, will 2013 be the year we learn to live without economic growth? We'll be releasing a second video with Charles in 2013 where he talks about other aspects of redefining prosperity, our educational system and the system reset we need.
Check out our other videos to learn more about the end of economic growth.
explains in plain language and convincing detail how our money system is propelling us toward the self-destruction of our species – and what we should do about it. Our present money system frustrates the well-meaning efforts of active citizens, NGOs and governments to deal with our present ills and problems – including worldwide poverty, environmental destruction, social injustice, economic inefficiency and political unrest and violence within and between nations. Failure to reform the world’s money system urgently and radically – that is, from its roots up – could bring disaster for human civilisation before the end of this century.
shows clearly how our money system operates and how it could be reformed so that it acts for the benefit of people and society rather than the opposite, and describes the obstacles that currently prevent that reform.