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 ...

Phygital: Assessing the practices, innovation and sustainability potential of “design global, manufacture local” model

Note: We use “phygital” as digitally enhanced physical reality and production, to show how the influx of shared knowledge changes and improves production. Summary: This pilot-driven project will document, analyze, 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 ...

P2P: A manifesto for commons transition

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, provisionally titled Comment Transitionner vers Une Societe et Economie du Commun will be published by Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer editions. This is also part of P2P Lab’s ...

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 ...

The potential of digital commons to spur technological advance

Summary: This project will include two in-depth case studies of prominent digital commons cases which have arguably propelled much innovation and entrepreneurial activity. First, we will study the Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) patent which expired in 2005 and has widely been used in the 3D printing industry. A comparative data analysis before and after the ...

Digital commons, local manufacturing and sustainability

Abstract: The emerging discussion about the sustainability potential of distributed production is the starting point for this paper. The focus is on the “design global, manufacture local” model. This model builds on the conjunction of the digital commons of knowledge and design with desktop and benchtop manufacturing technologies (from three-dimensional printers and laser cutters to ...

The materiality of the immaterial: ICTs and the digital commons

Special issue for tripleC: “The materiality of the immaterial: ICTs and the digital commons“, co-edited by Vasilis Kostakis & Andreas Roos. With an escalating environmental crisis and an unprecedented increase of ICT diversity and use, it is more crucial than ever to understand the underlying material aspects of the ICT infrastructure. This special issue therefore ...

A P2P approach to energy production

This paper strives to provide a theoretical study for energy production and distribution. We thus examine and discuss the evolution of energy systems technologies and their impact on the global socio-economic structure. We critically analyze the evolution of the energy production infrastructure and then review the renewable and decentralized energy production technologies, while focusing on ...

Towards an open co-operativism

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 from certain structural weaknesses. On the other, we have an emergent field of open and commons-oriented peer production initiatives which create common pools of ...