DGML: Assessing the democratization, innovation and sustainability potential of “design global, manufacture local”

Summary: The goal of this multiphase, pilot-driven project is to explore the contours of an emerging mode of production that builds on the confluence of the digital commons of knowledge, software, and design with local manufacturing technologies (e.g. from 3D printing and CNC machines to low-tech tools and crafts).  This convergence could play a key role in ...

Deschooling: Commons-based peer production and education

This project sets out to investigate how commons-based peer production could change our educational system. So far, it includes a two-phase pilot project that explores the educational and communicational potential of open source 3D printing (papers here and here). Coordinator: Alekos Pantazis.

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, a prosthetic hand). 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

Summary: 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 ...

Ecotourism, education and 3d printing

Summary: 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 ...

P2P Value

Full title: “Techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production in the Future Internet”. Summary: 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 ...

P2P: The commons manifesto

Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis and Alex Pazaitis are writing a new book  to be published by Westminster University Press (low-cost paperback, free ebook). Moreover, previous versions of it have been published in French (Manifeste pour une véritable économie collaborative, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer editions, 2017) and Dutch (Peer-to-peer: Manifest voor een commons transitie,  Oikos, 2017). This is also ...

Digital commons, local manufacturing and sustainability

Full title: “The convergence of digital commons with local manufacturing from a degrowth perspective: Two illustrative cases”, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis, Minas Liarokapis, Kostas Latoufis & Michel Bauwens. Summary: 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 ...

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 ...