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Final Report on the Economics and the Commons Conference - P2P Foundation

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"One of the most significant impediments to positive social change is the entrenched power of market-fundamentalism as an economic and political paradigm. The prevailing dogma is that only a scheme of individual self-interest, expansive individual property rights, market exchange and globalized free trade can advance human well-being. This view has increasingly been called into question as the predatory dynamics of the market economy became clear and as its threats to the biosphere have become more acute.

 
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Makerspaces in Libraries

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For the purposes of this survey, the term "makerspace" refers to a space in your library in which members of your community can collaborate, create, and learn.
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Case of a RepRap-Based, Lego-Built 3D Printing-Milling Machine - P2P Foundation

Case of a RepRap-Based, Lego-Built 3D Printing-Milling Machine - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This essay set out to show, through the case of the RepRap-based, Lego-built 3D printing-milling machine, two points: First, on a theoretical level, that modularity, not only in terms of development process but also of hardware components, can catalyze CBPP’s replication for tangible products enabling social experimentation, learning and innovation. Second, that the synergy of a globally accessible knowledge Commons as well as of the CBPP practices with digital fabrication technologies, which are advancing and becoming more and more accessible, can arguably offer the ability to think globally and produce locally. 

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Post-Crisis Networks for Political and Social Change in Greece

In addition to our efforts in the P2P Lab and to our collaborators and partners (for example the DLN network or the Athens-basedhackerspace), the  TEPSIE report (see the full citation and more info about it at the end) contains some more initiatives with the aim to build alternatives for the Greek society:

 

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Four Future P2P Scenarios - P2P Foundation

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This entry is about the theory of the four future scenarios for a collaborative economy, firstly developed by Michel Bauwens. It is important to mention that Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens are working on a research monograph that explores the relation of capitalism and the Commons. The book Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy is contracted by Palgrave Macmillan.

 
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Commons-Based Peer Production and Artistic Expression in Greece - P2P Foundation

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This essay narrates, from a creator-observation perspective, the production of two works of fiction, a book of short stories and a play, based on the principles and technologies of Commons-based peer production (CBPP). This is potentially interesting from both the CBPP and the literary perspective. Even though both seem well-matched by their prima facie lack of profit orientation, CBPP case studies rarely deal with fiction, and regarding plays, artistic creativity is still mostly associated with one, maybe two. After tracing and analysing the CBPP phenomenon, the case studies show concretely the fate of the specific projects as well as how, nowadays, people can involve in collaborative artistic projects inspired and catalysed by Commons-oriented principles and technologies.

 
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Commons-based peer production and digital fabrication: The case of a RepRap-based, Lego-built 3D printing-milling machine

Commons-based peer production and digital fabrication: The case of a RepRap-based, Lego-built 3D printing-milling machine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Through the case of the RepRap-based, Lego-built three-dimensional (3D) printing-milling machine, this paper sets out to discuss and illustrate two points: First, on a theoretical level, that modularity, not only in terms of development process but also of hardware components, can catalyze Commons-based peer production’s (CBPP) replication for tangible products enabling social experimentation and learning. Second, the hybrid 3D printing-milling machine demonstrates the digitization of material and the potential of digital fabrication. We show how the synergy of a globally accessible knowledge Commons as well as of the CBPP practices with digital fabrication technologies, which are advancing and becoming more and more accessible, can arguably offer the ability to think globally and produce locally.

  
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How to Build a “Shareable City” | David Bollier

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Shareable and the Sustainable Economies Law Center have released a fantastic new report surveying the ways in which cities can adopt policies to promote “sharing” in a range of areas -- food, housing, transportation and jobs.  The landmark report, “Policies for Shareable Cities:  A Sharing Economy Policy Primer for Urban Leaders,” pulls together “scores of innovative, high impact policies that US city governments have put in place to help citizens share resources, co-produce, and create their own jobs.” 

 
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P2P Lab Publications - P2P Foundation

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A list of P2P Lab collaborators' publications in international peer-reviewed journals, starting from 2013:

 
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The Case for Stewardship (not Ownership) of Antiquities, Language, DNA and More | David Bollier

The Case for Stewardship (not Ownership) of Antiquities, Language, DNA and More | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In this age of marauding markets, it almost seems quaint to ask, “Who owns culture?”  We know the answer.  When push comes to shove, the owners of copyright, trademarks and patents own everything.  We may think that the music, images and stories of our culture belong to us, but as a matter of law, in the 165+ countries that have signed the Berne Convention, our designated role is....to buy (and not use someone else's "property.")   

 

 

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Exchange and Virtual Currencies Networks in Greece

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“Exchange and virtual currencies networks refer to activities organised by groups of citizens in specific regions or across the whole of Greece, where transactions are taking place without the use of money. They are based either on the exchange of products and services or on virtual currencies such as the unit of time or coupons issued by the networks’ members. Some of them are online networks where the members can notify when they want to give something away for free or when they need something.

 
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How Tax-Sharing Can Save Cities

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As the son of a geography teacher, who spent endless hours of my youth poring over maps, I’ve always been fascinated with border lines.
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Gandhian Economics and the Commons | David Bollier

Gandhian Economics and the Commons | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a recent post on her blog, Fearless Heart (a post that also appears at Psychology Today), Miki Kashtan, cofounder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, brought forward some fascinating connections between Gandhian economics and the commons.  She focused on two key themes – the satisfaction of human needs and the idea of trusteeship for things that exceed our needs.  Kashtan writes: 

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Capitals & Commons: A Dialogue with David Bollier, Part One | Sustainable Brands

Capitals & Commons: A Dialogue with David Bollier, Part One | Sustainable Brands | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
David Bollier is among the foremost global thinkers and advocates for the commons.
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Distinguishing Open Access from Open Process

We published a number of references in order to arrive at a more precise definition of open knowledge and its various aspects, see the entry here, inspired by the work of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

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Transition Proposals Towards a Commons-Oriented Economy and Society

In the context of the Ecuadorian transition project towards a open commons-based knowledge society, see Floksociety.org, and to complement the prior analysis of three competing economic models in the age of peer production, I have formulated some transition proposals, on how to get from Phase 2, emerging peer production in the context of the dominance of cognitive and financial capitalism, to Phase 3, a mature peer production economy associated with a ethical economy and a partner state.

 
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This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 2:37 pm and is filed under Commons, Economy and Business, Ethical Economy, P2P Public Policy, P2P Theory,Peer Production. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

 
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The State of the Latin American Commons

Overall, there is a “upturn in communal land tenure over time … many legal and political changes that have reinstated communal property regimes. Many countries, such as Brazil, Honduras, Venezuela and Nicaragua, have formally recognized the communal rights of indigenous communities to their traditional territories.

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Radical Commons Working Group

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The Radical Commons Working Group
seeks to address two gaps in our understanding of the commons
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Tragedy of the Commons - P2P Foundation

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"The dilemma, as Hardin reassessed 30 years after his original essay, is not that the atmosphere is a commons, but that it is an unmanaged commons, an open-access regime. “To judge from the critical literature,” he wrote in the May 1, 1998 issue of Science, “the weightiest mistake in my synthesizing paper was the omission of the modifying adjective ‘unmanaged’.” [2]

 
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Seeing Food as a Commons

“What would the world look like if we began to re-conceptualize food as a commons? Jose Luis Vivero Pol of the Centre for Philosophy of Law at Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium has done just that in a recent essay, “Food as a Commons: Reframing the Narrative of the Food System.”

 
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How Nordic Europe Is Guarding the Commons

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Nordic Everyman Rights give people in most Scandinavian and Baltic countries guaranteed access to nature's bounty, demonstrating a strong model for reclaiming the commons.
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Noam Chomsky: The Continuing Destruction of Our Commons | On the Commons

Noam Chomsky: The Continuing Destruction of Our Commons | On the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta [2215], one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive. Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.
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When The Government Shuts Down, Suddenly "Public" Land Isn't Public, but the Property of the State

When The Government Shuts Down, Suddenly "Public" Land Isn't Public, but the Property of the State | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The government shutdown is teaching us a lot about the “public sector” — mainly that it doesn’t exist.
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Complex System Approach in Higher Education of the Commons - P2P Foundation

Complex System Approach in Higher Education of the Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The 'enlived' recapitulation of the principles of commons presented at the recent Conference in Berlin (May 2013) on 'Economics and the Commons' implicitly shows the benefits of a complex system approach. So, the question is not why we need such an approach, but how it can be used. This note makes some suggestions in this respect, taking the specific case of higher education (universities and business schools).

 
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Silence is a Commons - P2P Foundation

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Minna-san, gladly I accept the honour of addressing this forum on Science and Man. The theme that Mr. Tsuru proposes, "The Computer-Managed Society," sounds an alarm. Clearly you foresee that machines which ape people are tending to encroach on every aspect of people's lives, and that such machines force people to behave like machines. The new electronic devices do indeed have the power to force people to "communicate" with them and with each other on the terms of the machine. Whatever structurally does not fit the logic of machines is effectively filtered from a culture dominated by their use.

 
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation