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ECA Madrid: Introducing the Commoners

By on October 23, 2017

On the eve of the European Commons Assembly held in Madrid this week, we asked the participants to introduce themselves and their projects. Click on the titles below to jump to the different sections and join us at the assembly, if possible. Demetra Commons Josaphat Ministry of Space Groupe Chronos MediaLab-UGR Tenants Union Madrid Don’t... 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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Patterns of Commoning: Helsinki Timebank: Currency as a Commons

By on October 18, 2017

Jukka Peltokoski, Niklas Toivakainen, Tero Toivanen and Ruby van der Wekken: In October 2009, while expecting another futile climate summit in nearby Copenhagen, a small group of friends in the Kumpula neighborhood of Helsinki got together to discuss practical alternatives. Surely there was something that could be done by people themselves! The result of that... Continue reading

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How the Commons Can Reconcile Digital and Biophysical Labor

By on October 16, 2017

What we are adept at is digital labor (consider the time and effort we have already put into this posting without recompense), but we have yet to define or form much of an identity around our input or output of information labor. Information may ‘want to be free’, but information labor wants be rewarded in... Continue reading

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The European Commons Assembly in Madrid for a Renewed Political Force in Europe

By on October 15, 2017

The crisis of the European Union begs for new, unifying and constructive narratives – alternatives to the right-wing populist and nationalist wave getting fiercer every day. A commons approach holds the potential for a unified vision towards an alternative economy, a Europe from the bottom up and an ecological economy and way of life. The... Continue reading

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