Michel Bauwens: Commons and Blockchain

Reposted from Parallel 38º on Medium.com Michel Bauwens, founder of P2P Foundation, had a fireside chat in the Commons Foundation Korea office on Oct 2. Titled “Blockchain and commons, the connecting link” the discussion focused mostly on the origin of commons and the open source movement. Michel Bauwens interview in Germany during the meetup of… Continue reading

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Derelict church becomes vibrant community hub

Affordable rental space for creative or social uses in Amsterdam is rare, which impacts youth, elderly people and minorities who have few places to meet for social and community activities. Now a former Catholic church in the Waterlandpleinbuurt neighbourhood is providing members of community organization Stichting Bildung with a soon-to-be fully functioning neighbourhood living room…. Continue reading

Amin Yosyo on the Smangus Aboriginal Community Labor Cooperative in Taiwan

This presentation at the Platform Coop Conference in Hong Kong 2018 shows how an aboriginal community that was bleeding out its young, completely recovered by adapting to a cooperative strategy, choosing technological and value sovereignty to recreate community and cohesion. Platform Cooperativism Consortium 2018, Sept 28 | Day 1 Showcases I: Coops and Platform Conversions… Continue reading

Toward an Ecological Civilization

Very much worth watching and hearing: civilisational systems have their stories and narratives, and they matter as these patterns of meaning drive our reactive capacities to challenges. Which new one do we need now ? Toward an Ecological Civilization: A talk given by Jeremy Lent at the Parliament of World Religions, Toronto, November 2018Part of… Continue reading

Transition to a Political Economy for People and Planet

In the summer of 2017, Synergia launched its first Summer Institute, an intensive two week program at Monte Ginezzo in Tuscany. Entitled Transition to Political Economy for People & Planet, the program involved twenty seven people – activists, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners from around the world. This video documents their experience and insights. Synergia… Continue reading

Oscoin: A P2P Alternative for OSS Collaboration by Eleftherios Diakomichalis at Web3 Summit 2018

New ways to collaborate on code Oscoin: Principles & Motivation When we started Oscoin, our motivation was guided by the observation that crypto-currencies could enable a new form of community-owned and operated network. The invention of digital scarcity1 made it possible to economically incentivize and remunerate network participants for their service in a simple,transparent way,… Continue reading

Economic Growth in mitigation scenarios: A blind spot in climate science

Kai Kuhnhen, Heinrich Böll Foundation : Climate change mitigation scenarios are important instruments for developing pathways towards a climate-friendly world. They form the basis for political and social negotiations regarding the climate protection measures to be adopted. Unfortunately, current mitigation scenarios follow a path of economic growth because underlying socioeconomic assumptions assume further economic growth,… Continue reading

Michel Bauwens on Technological Sovereignty in the Transition from a Marxist Capitalism to a Proudhonian Capitalism

Michel Bauwens: My keynote presentation for the platform cooperativism conference in Hong Kong, an argument that technology is NOT NEUTRAL, but the result of human design and therefore, to the values and interests of human groups Today, four socio-technical systems are competing for dominance, two of them extractive towards communities and resources, two of them… Continue reading

PIGS, from crisis to self-organisation

This article by Tiago Mota Saraiva is an excerpt from the book Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces. Reposted from cooperativecity.org Southern European countries were among the hardest hit by the 2008 economic crisis. In response to the economic pressure, declining public services and drastic unemployment situation generated by the… Continue reading