Posts By: Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

The Top Ten Articles from the P2P Foundation

By on November 16, 2017

Peter Jones recently asked us for a list of our ten most representative articles to help others who wanted to come up to speed on the subject. The list was put together by Vasilis Kostakis, Vasilis Niaros, Stacco Troncoso and myself. Rather than ten articles, we came up with ten general categories, which then feature... Continue reading

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Commons, Enclosure, and the Politics of Gentleness

By on November 12, 2017

Michel Bauwens: Few people have studied the protocols and processes of enclosures as Anthony McCann has, and this very interesting podcast represents an overview of years of study and insight into the matter. Recommended! As Anthony says: This work from 2007 was probably my last lecture on enclosure before turning back to the commons, in... Continue reading

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Of Penguins and Power: Yochai Benkler defends Peer Production

By on October 20, 2017

In the essay below, Yochai Benkler answers convincingly in our opinion, to some standard critiques such as 1) that peer production did not occur or ‘failed’ and 2) that Yochai Benkler’s writings ignored power and 3) insufficiently predicted the emergence of new market powers. In his response, Prof. Benkler shows that the emergence of peer... Continue reading

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Towards a global infrastructure for commons-based provisioning

By on October 12, 2017

Our forthcoming report Changing Societies through Urban Commons Transitions examines the re-emergence of the urban commons as both a bottom-up emergence by citizens/commoners and a radical municipal administrative configuration. Starting with an exploration of the relationship between cities and the commons, with a particular focus on the recent revival and growth of urban commons, we attempt... Continue reading

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Can Cooperatives Build Better Online Tools to Disrupt the Disrupters?

By on October 6, 2017

One of the key differences between private platforms (platform capitalism) and cooperative platforms (platform cooperatives) lies in how they are designed, by whom, and for whom. Indeed, technology and design, and all the invisible architectures that govern our lives and influence our choices and behaviour, are ‘value sensitive’. This point is very well argued and... Continue reading

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