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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Towards a new reconfiguration among the state, civil society and the market

This essay tries to outline the general aspects of a political agenda for a gradual transition to a commons-oriented, social knowledge economy. In doing so, we first articulate some transitional proposals concerning both the micro-economic and the macro-economic levels, shedding light on the concept of the “partner state”. Next, a discussion follows that attempts to ...

Commoning the “smart city”

During the last decade there has been considerable debate over the relatively vague concept of the “smart city”. Nowadays, the smart city has crystallised into an image of a city permeated with top-down and centrally controlled technological infrastructures that promise to improve the urban environment in terms of efficiency, security and sustainability. However, many scholars ...

Should law keep pace with technology?

It is a commonly held belief that the law is unable to keep up with the fierce technological development and innovation that denotes our times. The current essay attempts to show that this characteristic of the law should not necessarily be considered as a disadvantage. Using the Biblical concept of the katechon, we argue that ...

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 ...