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.

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, a prosthetic hand). 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

Summary: 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

Full title: “Making (in) the smart city: The emergence of makerspaces”, co-authored by Vasilis Niaros, Vasilis Kostakis & Wolfgang Drechsler. Summary: 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...