Towards an open co-operativism

Full title: “From the communism of capital to capital for the commons: Towards an open co-operativism“, co-authored by Michel Bauwens & Vasilis Kostakis. Summary: 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 ...

Network society and future scenarios for a collaborative economy

Full title: “Network society and future scenarios for a collaborative economy“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis & Michel Bauwens. Summary: 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 ...

The parody of the commons

Full title: “The parody of the commons“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis & Stelios Stavroulakis. Summary: 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 ...

The P2P manifesto

Full title: “P2P manifesto: Creating the world we want within the confines of the world we want to transcend“, written by Vasilis Kostakis.. Summary: 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 ...

Bitcoin and digital currencies

Full title: “The (a)political economy of Bitcoin“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis & Chris Giotitsas. Summary: 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 ...

A collaborative book about P2P theory

Summary: 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 ...

Public information as a commons

Full title: “Public information as a commons: The case of ERT and the peer-to-peer prospect“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis & Christos Giotitsas. Summary: This essay deals with a new understanding of the public character of information, based on the alternative modes of property that came to the fore with the advent of commons-based peer production and ...