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 ...

Transferring experiences from Sarantaporo.gr Community Network to Tzoumerka

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/15363357@N00/28790556 In July 2017 a two-day event in Sarantaporo was organised which comprised ICT & Networking training for the locals and a discussion entitled: “Transferring experiences and technical know-how from Sarantaporo.gr Community Network to Northern Tzoumerka municipality, to assist in building their first community network”. A councilman from Northern Tzoumerka municipality was invited and ...

Aegean resistance net

Summary: 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 ...

P2P: The commons manifesto

Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis and Alex Pazaitis are writing a new book  to be published by Westminster University Press (low-cost paperback, free ebook). Moreover, previous versions of it have been published in French (Manifeste pour une véritable économie collaborative, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer editions, 2017) and Dutch (Peer-to-peer: Manifest voor een commons transitie,  Oikos, 2017). This is also ...

Cooperland: Infrastructures for social cooperation

Summary: 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

Full title: “Information literacy and peer-to-peer infrastructures: An autopoietic perspective“, co-authored by Diego Gonzalez & Vasilis Kostakis. Summary: 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...