With the advent of the new digital paradigm, there is an emerging rhetoric relating P2P forms of production with commons-based subjectivities. For example, the democratic-participatory form of the P2P and its capacity to produce self-organising formats that facilitate distributed networks has been widely highlighted. However, in light of evidence that some P2P-based organisations are purely commercial (e.g.
Here’s a development that could have enormous global implications for the search for a new commons-based economic paradigm. Working with an academic partner, the Government of Ecuador has launched a major strategic research project to “fundamentally re-imagine Ecuador” based on the principles of open networks, peer production and commoning.
The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is considering developing one or more training programs on the commons, in cooperation with Countryside and Community Research Institute of the University of Gloucestershire (UoG); the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales-UNAM; and the CGIAR Program on Collective Action and Property Rights Program (CAPRI).
Have you tried “Car2Go?” ? A lot of people have seen the little cars parked around, but weren’t sure what they were. Most of us know about Zip Car, but apparently with CAR2Go you can leave the car anyplace. I wonder if this new idea really works! https://seattle.car2go.com/
One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your community/ your commons this spring is to take yourself and a friend to a Democracy School. Democracy Schools are hosted by local grassroots groups and taught by staff and friends of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). They challenge just about everything we think we know about our U.S. Constitution and the efficacy of our governmental system.