Open design & manufacturing

Open Design and Manufacturing (OD&M) is an ERASMUS+ project which develops an Alliance between Higher Education Institution (HEIs), traditional manufacturers and innovation communities of digital-savvy makers, in order to set up a trust-based framework able to generate knowledge and capacity conducive to: HEIs – the increased capacity to prepare the next generation of designers and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Value, open cooperativism and open value networks

This manifold project includes: the commons-oriented start-up, Bitmind; a research article/case study on the blockchain-based start-up, Backfeed; a research article/case study on the Enspiral Network; a chapter in T. Scholz’s and N. Schneider’s collective book on platform cooperativism. a report for the Heinrich Böll Foundation as well as an invited article for the British Accounting Review ...