Plans for 2018-22

Capitalism swims like a shark. And upon the shark’s fin, an exciting prospect is dancing: commons-based peer production. 

This is the prospect we’ve been trying to understand for the last decade. In the next five years, we aim to ground our ideas for a commons transition on stronger empirical evidence.

The main questions we’ll try to answer, which make for four different projects, follow: 

  • First, the DGML (design global, manufacture local) project seeks to understand how globally designed products could change how we work, produce and consume as well as to study the sustainability potential of a commons-based mode of production. 
  • Second, Transvestment attempts to figure out how commoners can become economically sustainable.
  • Third, Wikiart explores whether a theatrical play or a piece of music, inspired by the social design of Wikipedia, could be developed as a digital commons.
  • Fourth, the Deschooling project sets out to investigate how commons-based peer production could change our educational system(s).

The P2P lab is financially sustainable till December 2022. Most of our funding comes from a European Research Council Starting Grant (2019-22). We are constantly on the look-out for co-operation on interesting projects and will gladly provide our services in a pro-bono manner if the output is a commons.