Evaluating open hardware from an ecological economics perspective

Summary: This project will involve a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of “designed global, manufactured local” (DGML) products from an ecological economics perspective. We will conduct a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of 2-3 DGML technological solutions (e.g. a house, an open source 3D printer, a wireless data transmission, field sensor node). LCA will include an assessment of ...

Open source technology in agricultural production

Summary: This project attempts to explore the open source technology (with a focus on hardware) for agriculture emerging from a mode of production different from the capitalist one, that of commons-based peer production. There are indeed several existing open source projects in relation to the primary sector of the economy, and particularly agriculture. This project ...

Think global, print local

Abstract: This article discusses an intrinsic case study which demonstrates the convergence of decentralized online and offline ways of sharing knowledge. We describe a new techno-economic form of value creation and distribution in relation to the knowledge commons and the publishing industry. Moreover, the dynamics and challenges of an emerging commons-based copyright license, named Peer ...

The emergence of urban makerspaces

Abstract: The criticism on the smart city is used as a starting point to highlight the promises of makerspaces, that is to say, those emerging urban sites that promote sharing practices; exercise community-based forms of governance; and utilize localized manufacturing technologies. A bird’s-eye-view of the history of makerspaces is provided tracing their roots back to ...

PHYGITAL: Assessing the practices, innovation and sustainability potential of “design global, manufacture local” model

Summary of PHYGITAL: This key project will document, analyse, test, evaluate, and create awareness about a new mode of value creation, based on the conjunction of the digital commons (e.g. open knowledge, software and design) with desktop manufacturing and automation technologies (e.g. from 3D printing and CNC machines to low-tech tools and crafts). This convergence ...

Aegean resistance net

The current project is designed jointly by the P2P Lab and the Nomads of the Sea and will take place in May of 2016. During a half a month sailing trip, a crew of eight activists and researchers will visit five selected Greek islands for one week each. Two types of workshops will be realized ...

Ecotourism, education and 3d printing

In line with the “3Ducation project” (2013) which was a three-month project implemented in two high schools of Ioannina city (Greece), we establish our cooperation with the Social Cooperative Enterprise “Ecomuseum Zagori” through an educational Erasmus+ summer program. Through a one month stay, students from Portugal will be trained on binding together ecotourism and distributed ...

P2P Value

Techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production in the Future Internet P2P Value is a 3-year multi-stakeholder EU FP7 research project (2013-16). The project researches the creation of common value in P2P and collaborative communities. Ethnographic and statistical analysis of communities engaged in peer production of commons resources provide the ...

P2P: A manifesto for commons transition

Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis are writing a new book (draft here). This will serve as the anchor essay in Erik Olin Wright’s Real Utopias book series to be published by Verso. Moreover, a version of it, provisionally titled Comment Transitionner vers Une Societe et Economie du Commun, is being translated into French and will be ...

Towards a commons-based sustainable food system

The essay explores a tentative path towards a reconfiguration of the state and markets to support an autonomous and productive civil society. As a point of departure serves the view of technology as a field of social struggle, while technical and social change are analysed within the framework of Kondratieff waves and technological revolutions. In the first section ...