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 ...

P2P: The commons manifesto

Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis are writing a new book (draft here) to be published by Westminster University Press (low-cost paperback, free ebook). Moreover, a version of it,  titled Manifeste pour une véritable économie collaborative has been published by Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer editions. This is also part of P2P Lab’s 2016-2019 strategic project.

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 ...

Cooperland: Infrastructures for social cooperation

Cooperland’s basic hypothesis is that a society in which there is citizen cooperation is a fairer and, ultimately, better. It is also understood that cooperation between different social agents currently faces several types of obstacles. Cooperland raises joint learning spaces between cooperative practices to promote their proliferation and enhancement. Project actions encourage citizen participation through ...

Information literacy for a p2p society: An autopoietic perspective

This article argues that an autopoietic perspective of human communities would allow to understand societies as self-organized systems and thus promote information literacy as a facilitator of social development. Peer-to-peer (P2P) social dynamics generate public information available worldwide in digital repositories, websites and bibliographic resources. However, processing such amount of data is not achievable by ...

The 3Ducation project

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 learning theory of constructionism is used as a theoretical framework in creating an experimental educational scenario focused on 3D design and printing. In this paper, we document our ...

Production and governance in hackerspaces

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 online communities of commons-based peer production projects. While hackerspaces adopt hybrid modes of governance, this study attempts to identify patterns, trends and theory that can frame their ...

Urban reconfiguration after the emergence of P2P infrastructures

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 means of production. Within this context this essay attempts to tentatively introduce four future scenarios for economy and society, namely, netarchical capitalism, distributed capitalism, resilient communities and global commons, ...

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

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 potentially interesting from both the CBPP and the literary perspective. Even though both seem well-matched by their prima facie lack ...

A collaborative book about P2P theory

A collaborative book in Greek –edited by Vasilis Kostakis & Christos Giotitsas– with fundamental texts of scholars and activists on the P2P theory and the commons. Contributors: Michel Bauwens || David Bollier || Antonis Broumas || George Dafermos || Christos Giotitsas || Silke Hefric || Vasilis Kostakis|| Jakob Rigi || Graham Seaman || Johan Söderberg || Raul Victor. ...