Towards an open co-operativism

Full title: “From the communism of capital to capital for the commons: Towards an open co-operativism“, co-authored by Michel Bauwens & Vasilis Kostakis. Summary: Two prominent social progressive movements are faced with a few contradictions and a paradox. On the one side, we have a re-emergence of the co-operative movement and worked-owned enterprises which suffer ...

Policy recommendations for a commons-based society

Special issue for the Journal of Peer Production: “Policies for the Commons“, co-edited by George Dafermos & Vasilis Kostakis.

Network society and future scenarios for a collaborative economy

Full title: “Network society and future scenarios for a collaborative economy“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis & Michel Bauwens. Summary: The aim of this book is not to provide yet another critique of capitalism but rather to contribute to the ongoing dialogue for post-capitalist construction, and to discuss how another world could be possible. We build ...

Commons-based peer production and digital fabrication: The case of a RepRap-based, Lego-built 3D printing-milling machine

Full title: “Commons-based peer production and digital fabrication: The case of a RepRap-based, Lego-built 3D printing-milling machine”, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis & Marios Papachristou. Summary: Through the case of the RepRap-based, Lego-built three-dimensional (3D) printing-milling machine, this paper sets out to discuss and illustrate two points: First, on a theoretical level, that modularity, not only ...

Peer production and desktop manufacturing: The case of the Helix_T wind turbine project

Full title: “Peer production and desktop manufacturing: The case of the Helix_T wind turbine“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis, Michail Fountouklis & Wolfgang Drechsler. Summary: Through the case of the Helix_T wind turbine project, this article sets out to argue two points: first, on a theoretical level, that commons-based peer production, in conjunction with the emerging ...

The 3Ducation project

Full title: “Open-source 3d printing as a means of learning: An educational experiment in two high schools in Greece“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis, Vasilis Niaros & Christos Giotitsas. Summary: This research project attempts to examine to what extent the technological capabilities of open-source 3D printing could serve as a means of learning and communication. The ...

Production and governance in hackerspaces

Full title: “Production and governance in hackerspaces: A manifestation of commons-based peer production in the physical realm?“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis, Vasilis Niaros & Chris Giotitsas. Summary: This research project deals with the phenomenon of hackerspaces and sheds light on the relationship of their underlying values, organizational structures and productive processes to those of the ...

The parody of the commons

Full title: “The parody of the commons“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis & Stelios Stavroulakis. Summary: This essay builds on the idea that commons-based peer production is a social advancement within capitalism but with various post-capitalistic aspects, in need of protection, enforcement, stimulation and connection with progressive social movements. We use theory and examples to claim ...

Urban reconfiguration after the emergence of P2P infrastructures

Full title: “Urban reconfiguration after the emergence of peer-to-peer infrastructures: Four future scenarios with an impact on smart cities“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis, Michel Bauwens & Vasilis Niaros. Summary: While peer-to-peer (P2P) infrastructures seem to embrace more and more aspects of human activities, conflicts are taking place on the control and uses of the new ...

Commons-based peer production in art: Two cases from Greece

Full title: “Commons-based peer production and artistic expression: Two cases from Greece“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis & Wolfgang Drechsler. Summary: This essay narrates, from a creator-observation perspective, the production of two works of fiction, a book of short stories and a play, based on the principles and technologies of Commons-based peer production (CBPP). This is ...