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, field sensor node). 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

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 ...

Ecotourism, education and 3d printing

In line with the “3Ducation project” (2013) which was a three-month project implemented in two high schools of Ioannina city (Greece), we establish our cooperation with the Social Cooperative Enterprise “Ecomuseum Zagori” through an educational Erasmus+ summer program. Through a one month stay, students from Portugal will be trained on binding together ecotourism and distributed ...

P2P Value

Techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production in the Future Internet P2P Value is a 3-year multi-stakeholder EU FP7 research project (2013-16). The project researches the creation of common value in P2P and collaborative communities. Ethnographic and statistical analysis of communities engaged in peer production of commons resources provide the ...

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.

Towards a commons-based sustainable food system

The essay explores a tentative path towards a reconfiguration of the state and markets to support an autonomous and productive civil society. As a point of departure serves the view of technology as a field of social struggle, while technical and social change are analysed within the framework of Kondratieff waves and technological revolutions. In the first section ...

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 ...

Design global, manufacture local: Exploring the contours of an emerging productive model

This article aims to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on post-capitalist construction by exploring the contours of a commons-oriented productive model. On the basis of this model called “design global-manufacture local”, we argue that recent techno-economic developments around the emergence of commons-based peer production and desktop manufacturing technologies, may signal new alternative paths of social ...