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

Summary of PHYGITAL: This key project will document, analyse, 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 design) with desktop manufacturing and automation technologies (e.g. from 3D printing and CNC machines to low-tech tools and crafts). This convergence ...

P2P: A manifesto for commons transition

Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis are writing a new book (draft here). This will serve as the anchor essay in Erik Olin Wright’s Real Utopias book series to be published by Verso. Moreover, a version of it, provisionally titled Comment Transitionner vers Une Societe et Economie du Commun, is being translated into French and will be ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The political economy of information production in the social web

This research project is based on the idea that information production on the web is mainly taking place within either proprietary- or commons-based platforms. The productive processes of those two ‘workplaces’ of information production do share some certain characteristics, but they also have several crucial differences. These two modes of production are discussed here and ...