DGML: Assessing the democratization, innovation and sustainability potential of “design global, manufacture local”

Summary: The goal of this multiphase, pilot-driven project is to explore the contours of an emerging mode of production that builds on the confluence of the digital commons of knowledge, software, and design with local manufacturing technologies (e.g. from 3D printing and CNC machines to low-tech tools and crafts).  This convergence could play a key role in ...

Transvestment: Value and cooperation in the digital commons economy

Transvestment describes the transfer of value from capitalism to the commons. Thus transvestment strategies aim to help commoners become financially and socially sustainable and autonomous. This project includes: a research article/case study on the blockchain-based start-up, Backfeed (published); a research article/case study on the Enspiral Network (published); a chapter in T. Scholz’s and N. Schneider’s collective book on ...

Wikiart: Commoning artistic expression

This project tries to answer whether a theatrical play or a piece of music, inspired by the social design of Wikipedia, could be developed as a digital commons. Building on two old relevant pilots of the P2P Lab community, we will further explore what lessons can be drawn from commons-based peer production with regards to art (in ...

Deschooling: Commons-based peer production and education

This project sets out to investigate how commons-based peer production could change our educational system. So far, it includes a two-phase pilot project that explores the educational and communicational potential of open source 3D printing (papers here and here). Coordinator: Alekos Pantazis.