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 ...

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

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 on the idea that peer-to-peer infrastructures are gradually becoming the general conditions of work, economy, and society, considering peer ...

The parody of the commons

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 that peer-to-peer economic relations can be undermined in the long run, distorted by the extra-economic ...

The P2P manifesto

How can we change our world nowadays? The P2P Manifesto argues that the change is taking place right now: New modes of production, governance and property are emerging from a pluralistic movement of social creation. This movement reminds us that the dominant theories of political economy are here to be refuted while it calls us ...

At the turning point of the current techno-economic paradigm

Following the theory of techno-economic paradigm shifts (TEPS), this study calls attention to the phenomenon of commons-based peer production (CBPP). In the context of the current paradigm, it argues that civil society can play an important role in creating favourable conditions for a more sustainable global knowledge society. Approaching tentatively the ways in which 3D ...

Bitcoin and digital currencies

The still raging financial crisis of 2007–2008 has enabled the emergence of several alternative practices concerning the production, circulation and use of money. This essay explores the political economy of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Specifically, we examine the context in which this digital currency is emerging as well as its nature, dynamics, advantages, and disadvantages. We ...

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. ...