GNUnionize! Self organized session at Interference, Amsterdam 17.08.2014

“…The time is past due for new forms of association to be created that can steer the world away from its destruction through commodified exploitation. The greatest hacks of our time may turn out to be forms of organising free collective expression, so that from this time on, abstraction serves the people …” M. Wark

Link at Interference wiki: https://interference.io/wiki/doku.php?id=sessions:gnunion_global_networked_labour_union_beta_1.0

Call:
GNUnion invites you to design a networked, self-organized, and stitched One Big Meshwork by linking your like-minded peers and their network bases to each other strategically. We call everyone striving to build dynamic, free, libre, and open source spaces bottom up, to bring their collective agendas and strategies in touch modularly and act upon them in an harmonized way.

GNUnion encourages all its peers to collectivize their individual social and communicational power to swarm around dynamical, creative and positive actions as much as possible. Such collective actions, as we have been witnessing, are capable of making a real impact at unpredicted magnitudes on chosen targets, regardless how large and powerful they are.

Combining peer to peer social relations and technologies and embedding them into all its internal and external processes and relationships, we ultimately aim at hyper-empowerment of all the nodes involved.

Below are some of the projects we are currently empowering by networking and self-organizing on the Organizing Network (ON), which is an online collaborative social networking tool provided by comrades at May First / People Link and Union Solidarity International. ON is build on Elg platform, developed by Lorea.

LabourLeaks – Exposing wrongdoings in the workplace

Work groups will initially scan and analyze the leaked documents that are released by Wikileaks, like the Global Intelligence Files as well as other groups like Anonymous, GlobalLeaks. What will we be looking for in such meta-data will be about violations against producer, designer, users and consumer rights; such as stolen data, planned obsolescence, illegal and dangerous material use, capture and misuse of user-costumer data including selling the data to companies, production related threats to workers and public health.

Further more we will networgansie multi-lingual whistle-blowing activities, primarily targeting largest TNC networks.

We will turn the information into secure campaign intelligence, either to use in global actions we will launch as GNUnion, or feed-in and support ongoing union actions. In cases where there is an already organized independent union active, weather in the main company or its subsidiary, we will support their actions by designing and forging global online viral campaigns.

Website: https://www.labourleaks.org/

Working Group: https://on.usilive.org/groups/profile/322/labourleaks

SaysUs – From anonymous complaint to coordinated action

This web site is a proposal for the creation of a web facility, Says-Us, that allows anonymous complaints about fulfillment  of basic needs, by people all over the world, in their own language. Says-Us will act as a portal, allowing millions of people to find each other and  find thousands of organizations that will help unify activity and respond to injustice and oppression.

Websitehttp://saysus.net/

Workgroup: https://on.usilive.org/groups/profile/972/saysus-workgroup

Hack the Global Production-Commodity Network 

Using global chain mapping tools and mapeo method to create a network of user-worker-designer groups in order to recover the knowledge of entire production lines and supply chains incorporated from them by the management systems such as Taylorist, Kaizen, or Quality Chamber type of worker-society control mechanisms.

Workgroup: https://on.usilive.org/groups/profile/329/global-commodity-production-network-mapping

UnionUpgraded 

GNUnion will help all other forms of unions at all organizational levels (base-membership-shop floor level-organization, management) in order to realize necessary organizational and networked transformations and to become hyperempowered organized networks strongly connected to the grassroots and society. We provide unions with cutting edge resources, links, ties, actions, exchanges, social media skill-sharing and self-education campaigns.

Workgroup: https://on.usilive.org/groups/profile/439/unionupgrading

Transnational solidarity with occuppied factories

This group will strive to support transnational solidarity networks being formed between occupied factories around the world, with resources, actions, exchanges, social media skill-sharing and self-education campaigns.

Workgroup: https://on.usilive.org/groups/profile/340/transnational-solidarity-with-occuppied-factories

MetaStrike – Social, networked, wiki, floss, and distributed 

Our first direct and mesh networked action will be a transnational meta-strike to target PRISM contractors. Priority objectives of the strike will be forcing the state elite and capital to hand-off private and public data, and stop abusing people and democratic rights for their commercial and tyrannical objectives. The action will reclaim what is ‘social’ and belong to people in societal communication and bring about mass awareness about using FLOSS!

We will bring high-tech and industrial workers, hackers, system admins, digital artists and activists and their powers coming from production, consumption, communication and knowledge -so a being social individuals and society.

Workgroup: https://on.usilive.org/groups/profile/323/mayfirst-meta-strike

P2PSolidFund

If you like to support GNUnion financially please do send not more then 5 unit (euro, usd, ytl, etc.) in form of the currency valid in your country, to below account. The amount sent by peers for solidarity will be used only for covering project related costs and the amount over due will be shared with the projects we are collaborating with and other projects sharing the floss, p2p, commons, or hackers’ ethic principles. Account details including all transactions will be published publicly on the GNUnion website on the first day of every month : http://gnunion.wordpress.com/p2psolidarityfunding/ ‎

Name:  O. Senalp

Account No.: 0678 1157 96

Bank name: ING B.V.

IBAN: NL20 INGB 0678 1157 96

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SaysUs Project Seeks FLOSS Collaborators

Dear friends,

SaysUs just has become affiliated to May First / People Link (https://mayfirst.org), which has been providing useful IT services to the activists and movements around the world.  We did just send the below text to the comrades involved in and collaborate each other at May First / People Link networked cooperative. Yet our call is open to all floss developers, commoners, activists and anyone who shares the vision that we tried to formulate in the text as simple as possible. We invite all comrades around the world who share similar values and virtues to join us and engage with our comrades at May First / People Link network.

Here is our call:

“Says-Us (see http://www.saysus.net) is a new member of May First / People Link.  We propose the creation of a web facility, a portal, to facilitate the ability of millions of people to tell their own stories, to write anonymous complaints, about work, housing, health care, schools, unemployment, prison, government, almost anything, as it affects them.

Many job related web sites have already shown that, given the chance to safely complain, people will do so. Unfortunately, existing corporate sites are oriented towards helping employers find cheap labor, and to sell advertising, not to helping change workplace practices. Non-corporate sites are particular to one union or reform organization and are not sufficiently generalized or allowing of self-organization.

Jobvent.com collected as many as 100K complaints about 10K companies. The complaints were then destroyed when jobvent was acquired by Glassdoor.com. Sites like glassdoor are spaces where hard-to-organize flex-jobs seekers may read about and learn from each other’s experiences. But site users are not offered any course of action except the obvious – to avoid employment at the worst offender companies.

Says-Us will be different from job-recruitment sites and complaint forums because it will offer users opportunities for self-organization, the ability to find and address each other, as well as assistance, and organizational help to those who want it. Site users will be able to find others with similar complaints, by organization and location.  If they work for the same company (anywhere in the world), have the same landlord, are dealing with the same predatory bank, government, etc they will be able to find each other by anonymous site id.  They can pick thresholds of action, and choose from many forms of action, should they decide to do so.

Best practices, “pros”, will also be collected, allowing users to identify organizations that both have good employment practices as well as socially useful product.  Labor unions, labour activists and trans-local social justice and community organizing / collective action / activists will be able to be “found” on the site by those in need of their services and open to their messages.

We would like to develop the ideas and build the site in line with open-source and libre philosophy: p2p, distributed, highly secure, scalable, not-for-profit, user extendable (by data fields), enabling self-organizing and empowerment, multi-lingual, web and especially mobile applicable. A simple user interface will allow people to move readily from complaints and issues to self-empowerment, self-organizing, and self determined communication and action through existing organizations.

Gateways to whistleblowing projects (like Wikileaks, Associated Whistleblowers Press, LabourLeaks, or WildLeaks) or progressive and independent unions, or relevant how-to, self-learn or Do-It-Yourself projects, hacker spaces, mediaLabs and other alternative economy-solidarity networks can be offered in the Take Action section.

As May First / People Link members can see, this potentially important facility would need help from people of many interests, skills, and dedication. We would need help with requirements, understanding of technological possibilities and needs, simple and attractive user interface design, security and scalability, coding, open-source knowledge, coordination, legal help, multi-language translation, and financial help.

At the monent we use a doku wiki build in on our online workgroup (https://on.usilive.org/dokuwiki/972/) on the Organizing Network -which is project being developed by another may first / people link member, Union Solidarity International. Since you need to register Organizing Network to log in and join the group, we might use another location [like a SaysUs media-wiki] to develop the ideas for the site, the user interface, and other requirements.

We would love for any form of assistance possible from MayFirst members. We, Frank and Örsan, (http://saysus.net/who-are-we/) care most that the project be implemented well, by many people of skill, vision and of passion for justice, democracy, freedom, and equality. Please get in touch with us, for a discussion or to help. There is a contact form at the bottom of the who-are-we page.”

The concept is still draft, as you see, and we seek any kind of solidarity to build it further. We would appreciate if you join us and / or pass our word to your comrades you know or think who might be interested in joining their labour and creativity with us, and make SaysUs a working global platform.

In solidarity

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Rethinking Labour as Social-Network-Movement

Very recently valuable and concrete reflections are being published, filling in the public understanding of the nature and dynamics of the most-recent social and emancipatory uprisings, known also as Global Revolution. The recent articles written by Bernardo Gutiérrez and Rodrigo Nunes, both involved in the 15M, Occupy, Gezi, and Brazilian uprisings and were systematically putting their self-reflections together in wider framework of a collaborative action-research network also named as Global Revolution, are highly informative and pedagogic. They explain masterfully why transnational ‘organization’ of the global ‘revolution’ is qualitatively different then what we have understood from traditional use of the concepts of ‘organization’ and ‘revolution’. Another important resource was produced by Adrià Rodriguez who have also been very active in 15M, as well as other ‘network movements’ since 201-11, and linked to the Global Revolution Research Network.

I have been involved more directly in Take The Square, Occupy,  and Gezi movement/networks as Bernardo, Rodrigo and Adria, met them online, may be many times under various nick-names and worked together, and still do so. On the other hand I was busy with developing an understanding of the emergent new labour class practices and experiences. My work at Social Network Unionism and  Networked Labour blog/networks have heavily owed to the previous work done by people like Peter Waterman, Hilary Wainwright, Marco Berlinguer, Mayo Fuster as much as others they have been collaborating around the Networked Politics initiative. I was modifying and reshaping this work based on my direct experience. Below papers and reports are those that I published on various digital spaces since the beginning of the 2011 uprisings. Now it seems very worthy to put them together in a chronological order and reproduce once more: Continue reading

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Welcome to LabourLeaks | LabourLeaks.org

 

OK. You know about press leaks: they are as old as the press. You know about the famous/notorious online Wikileaks, this is only seven years old and is one part of the subversive/emancipatory capacity of the web. There are increasing numbers of such leaks, produced by particular groups for particular purposes, for different kinds of public.

Well, we are labour activists, long active both on the shopfloor and online. And we have ourselves had bad experience with company secrecy and ‘managerial prerogatives’: some of us have been disciplined or sacked for exposing information that is essential for ourselves or our fellow workers. This is why we have created

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Transnational networks of radical labour research and (h)activism: A global working class in the making

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Unite the Union’s USI mediates the established union world entering into the networked organising (networganizing) era

The below are Google Hangout videos taken from the USI’s website:

i. Hack the Union from US interviews with Andrew of Union Solidarity International: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4U4FNAkZtSc

ii.  A small step for unions, but a giant step for global labour
emancipation?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k6BmWC5lr8Y

This following link is to a nice article by Walton Patland introducing the ON platform:
http://www.scoop.it/t/networked-labour/p/4017080234/2014/03/05/karl-marx-on-facebook-what-is-the-ideology-of-your-social-network?hash=fd4c16ef-09d3-468d-a043-3b8de2a28135

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Open Source and Libre Worker-to-Worker Activist-to-Activist Self Traning Material on New Social Media

Source

Worker to worker transnational exchange at the shop-floor level : Social media and online networking guide for shop stewards and union activists

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Geopolitics and Cognition

This ‘about’ section addresses a number of topics about this site, the reader, and the editor.

Who is “us”?

The “us” in the tittle of this section includes to the reader as well.

The reader may ask him or herself how to respond to the information and ideas in this site or ask oneself to what degree one wants to take responsibility for the geopolitical situation.

This site is targeted to people who prefer to gradually increase their control over one’s own affairs, priorities, and destiny over a life of constant or increasing supervision and guidance. This site is therefore aimed at people who want to take some — non-negligible — responsibility for their own and other’s situations.

This site is not targeted at people who recognize themselves as typical [authoritarians][Dependent thought -- authoritarians] with no intention to develop towards more libertarian modes of thought.

Quite a bit of the content of this site is easily interpreted as highly derogatory towards people — actually the large majority in our Western Societies — who did not (yet) have had the chance to develop beyond the level of dependent thought to [independent thought][Independent thought — libertarians].

Sorry for that. The intention is not derogatory, but factual and scientific. No one can be blamed for being authoritarian. But some blame might be in order if authoritarians adhere to and support authorities that abuse their trust and loyalty at the detriment of others and, quite likely, oneself. If you are being tricked by a con-man it makes sense to blame yourself of your own gullibility. Only blaming the con-man for exploiting your gullibility while not learning from the experience is a open invitation to be abused again.

What is this site?

This site is a [open source research] project addressing the many strong links between geopolitics and cognition. It is about wisdom and foolishness, about empowerment and self-enslavement, about good and evil, and about the mindsets and strategies of the empowered and the disempowered. It is a open source research project in the sense that it is open for everyone to read, to follow its development, to contribute to, and above all to learn from and empower yourself.

As research project it is open to (constructive) criticism. So please use the contact form if you see opportunities to improve formulations, correct factual errors, add missing insights, or even to add fields of expertise that have not yet been addressed and that supports, extends or otherwise improves the scientific basis, the explanatory power, or the way its content can be applied.

As research project it is constantly striving to become better, more comprehensive, and more consistent with a broader knowledge base. This website is not primarily an attempt at the normal experiment driven and deductive way of science, but as an integrative inductive effort. As such it synthesizes a wealth of experimental and observational evidence into a relatively small number of basic principles (such as authority, agency, empowerment, (world) complexity, the role of fear and confidence, and personal development). At the same time, more and more parts of it will become gradually stable, purged of suboptimal of simply wrong ideas and (more) strongly supported by theory, quantitative research, and case studies.

As research project it consists of well-validated and peer-reviewed results by others in combination with not yet peer-reviewed ideas, interpretations, and hypotheses. It is up to the reader to decide how to deal with the information. Taking all of it at face value is foolish, and the same holds for dismissing it all. Doubting everything is unwieldily.

According to Aristotle

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

That is probably the wisest (and oldest) advice to approach this site.

Section overview

Open source science

How to read this site?

But is it truth?

Are you pathologically normal?

Is it science?

Who is responsible for this site?

Contact

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Against Divisiveness: Digital  Workers of the World Unite!  A Rejoinder to César Bolaño by Christian Fuchs

Abstract

This piece is a short rejoinder to César Bolaño’s paper The Political Economy of the Internet and related articles (e.g., Comor, Foley, Huws, Reveley, Rigi and Prey, Robinson) that center around the relevance of Marx’s labor theory of value for understanding social media. I argue that Dallas Smythe’s assessment of advertising was made to distinguish his approach from the one by Baran and Sweezy. Smythe developed the idea of capital’s exploitation of the audience at a time when both feminist and anti-imperialist Marxists challenged the orthodox idea that only white  factory workers are exploited. The crucial question is how to conceptualize productive labor. This is a theoretical, normative, and political question. A mathematical example shows the importance of the “crowdsourcing” of value-production on Facebook. I also point out parallels of the contemporary debate to the Soviet question of who is a productive or unproductive worker in the Material Product System.

Keywords: Social media, Internet, digital labor, Karl Marx, Dallas Smythe, labor theory of value

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The Co-Workers and Co-Working-Spaces of the World Uniting?

Welcome to the Coworking Wiki! 

http://wiki.coworking.org/w/page/16583831/FrontPage

If you are a coworker, space owner, or coworking enthusiast, this site belongs to you. You can request editing privileges with a sentence or two about why you’re interested in coworking. If you’re just visiting or here to learn more, there is a lot of information available for space owners, catalysts, and coworkers.

 International Coworking Week was August 2 – 9 2014, and we celebrated all over the world.  

   come check out our stories, and add your own!!

Please note: it may take us a few days to grant editing privileges after receiving your request. There are help pages available if you are having trouble making a change or uploading content. 

What is Coworking?

The idea is simple: independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. Coworking spaces are about community-building and sustainability. Participants agree to uphold the values set forth by the movement’s founders, as well as interact and share with one another. We are about creating better places to work and as a result, a better way to work. 

 

Our Values:

The members of this Community are engaged with and working on a model and approach that we call Open Coworking.  We are spaces all over the world, we work in many different languages and our businesses all look very different.  So how can we all be part of one big community?  

 

Here’s how.  We have all committed to the same core values.  Our values are:

  • Collaboration
  • Openness
  • Community
  • Accessibility
  • Sustainability 

To learn more, head to “The Values of Open Coworking” 

History of Coworking

Important dates can be added to the History of Coworking timeline.

 

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Debating the Global Working Class, Seminar, Friday 17th October, University of Hertfordshire,

Conference of Socialist Economists

CSE South, Capital & Class 

Co-hosted by the Global Economy and Business research Unit, Business School, University of Hertfordshire

Friday 17th October 

University of Hertfordshire, 

de Havilland site, Room N003 

14.00-17.30

PDF: file:///C:/Users/orsan_000/Downloads/Herts%20CSE%20event%20Hardy%202014.pdf

Marcel van der Linden (University of Amsterdam)

‘The Global Working Class: Decline or Revival’. 

Jenny Chan, University of Oxford

‘Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and China’s New Working Class’

Everybody is welcome to attend the seminar at 14.00. If you would like to join us for lunch beforehand at 13.00 you are welcome, but please register with Jane Hardy (j.a.hardy@herts.ac.uk). Please see websites for details of travel and location http://www.herts.ac.uk/contact-us/where-to-find-us/de-havilland-maps-and-directions

About the speakers:

Marcel Marius van der Linden

The Global Working Class: Decline or Revival

Abstract

The number of wage-earners worldwide has grown significantly in the last three centuries, and its regional distribution has constantly shifted. The class awareness and collective action accompanying the development of this world working class has and is taking on many different forms in the course of time. The presentation will discuss the new challenges that have arisen. It is argued that the building of a new kind of trade unionism will be a difficult process, interspersed with failed experiments and moments of deep crisis. Pressure from below (through competitive networks, alternative action models, etc.) will be a highly important factor in deciding the outcome of this process.

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Freelancers’ Movement – http://freelancersmovement.org/

Independents Unite! Inside the Freelancers' Rights Movement by Joel Dullroy and Anna CashmanIndependents Unite! – Preview Edition Now Available

The preview edition of Independents Unite! Inside the Freelancers’ Rights Movement is now available for download. This preview edition includes five chapters. Further chapters will be released in future editions of the book.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Around the world, independent workers are getting organized. No longer an ignorable minority in society, freelancers are waking up to the potential power within their growing number. They are combining through online communities, campaign groups, incorporated associations and even proto-unions to exert influence over their conditions.

Independents Unite! Inside the Freelancers Rights Movement, by Joel Dullroy and Anna Cashman, introduces the concept of the collective empowerment of freelancers. The book provides an overview of the existing elements of the freelancers’ movement, with comparisons of the organizations and campaigns currently at work and the goals they are striving to achieve. It lays out the conditions which have led to the growth of the freelancing workforce to show how the current situation has been purposefully created through political decisions, and can therefore be altered and improved by the same means.

With a foundational text in place, critical discussions on the topic of independent worker rights can continue to develop, in symbiosis with the freelancers’ movement itself.

PREVIEW EDITION:

This preview edition includes five complete chapters:

Introducing the Freelancers’ Movement

How Many? Counting Freelancers

Pushed: How Politics and Ideology Created the Freelancing Grey Zone

The Reaction Begins: How Freelancers are Getting Organized

Case Study: Freelancers Union

DOWNLOAD NOW:

The book is available as a free download, in both PDF format and .mobi format for Kindle readers. Supporters may also select to pay a donation to help the authors complete their research and writing.

Download free e-book – €0.00

Supporter – download book with donation – €5.00

Big Supporter – download book with donation – €10.00

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Post ECC 2013 session: From here to there. Moving forward. | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform

38_escher_superspiral_1953I. Constructing an identity of the commons movement

The Hegelian distinction between the thing-in-itself and, the thing-conscious-of-itself turned out the be our starting point. This distinction also applies to (social/political) movements. Hence, there is a need to consciously carve out the core identity of a commons movement (a crucial task before approaching other movements). Given that ECC participants are not the commons movement (see endnote), we can’t simply „declare“ or „construct“ this identity; we can only support its evolution by serving as a platform enabling all parts of the movement to become visible to each other and to the whole.

Respecting diversity is a key principle in the co-construction of a commons-identity (remember: there is no blueprint, nor panacea!). That is, the commons/p2p movement is held together by weak ties among a diversity of actors. The movement is indeed an ecology of different degrees and forms of commitment, sensitivities and ways of approaching the commons. Hence, a core identity of the commons ‘movement’ must be ‘strategically ambiguous enough’ so as to accommodate this enormous variety and to foster the crystallization of the commons.

Guiding questions:

What are the problems afflicting all existing commons? (e.g. power relations)

What happens outside of commons (e.g., climate crisis)?

How are commons going to be relevant for responding to the various crisis and challenges?

However, working on a movement and personal identity goes hand in hand with doing commons/commoning. That is: We have to work in parallel on different tracks. (see below)

Information on different commons-related issues is abundant. We are pretty well informed already, but there is still a need to acknowledge the different positions and backgrounds we are coming from on the commons agenda. We especially need to foreground issues of equity, gender and global power relations/geopolitics. And, more than information we need to develop „collective sensing organs“, for mass communication (but not a centrally managed organ!). This will be key to create a common narrative as well as diverse commons narratives.

Guiding question:

How to build a more coordinated commons communication strategy to support the further cristalization of a commons movement?

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P2P Foundation >> Video: Wallerstein vs. Rifkin, against the zero marginal cost thesis ?

Well not really, though the title points to one possible way to interpret this interview with Immanuel Wallerstein.

Wallterstein argues that historically, despite oscillations, the price of inputs in labor, material/energy and taxation, have gone up, leading to a systemic crisis for capital.

Rifkin, in his last book, makes a different hypothetis, but focusing on the output. Even giving rising input costs, there is a revolution in output, that with one initial input, it is now possible to produce ever more output, reaching a level that is also problematic for the accumulation of capital.

I strongly recommend watching the video in full.

Watch the video here:

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Online Employment Agencies and the Casualization of the Workforce

Excerpted from Veronica Sheen (Australia):

“The online agencies extend what is already on offer by contracting and labour-hire companies, as well as self-employed contractors such as office temps, cleaners, IT specialists, gardeners, labourers, or tradespeople. But in the new model the middle-man (the contracting company) is eliminated – notwithstanding the cut that the online agency takes for itself out of the payment to the worker.

The type of work offered by online employment agencies extends the “casualisation” of the workforce accounting now for around 20 per cent of Australian employees. This casualisation is increasingly part of ongoing employment arrangements for many businesses. The “helper” employed through an online agency is in effect another “casualised” worker.

But unlike other types of contracted and casual employment, these employment relationships fall outside any labour regulatory framework as provided through the Fair Work Act. This means they do not conform to minimum wage or health and safety requirements or provide for any other entitlements. While this is not dissimilar to the situation of any self-employed contractor, its desirability depends on whether the workers have a real choice in regards to this kind of employment and are able to negotiate satisfactory pay and conditions.

On the Airtasker website, a job to clean an apartment involving a couple of hours work offers $US40. Airtasker charges 15 per cent commission for the job so the total payment the worker received – $US34. At the time of my perusing, on the Ozlance website someone is looking for a web developer which has attracted 27 quotes ranging from $250 to $2000.

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A Commons Guide for the 4th. International Degrowth Conference | CommonsBlog

Commons at the 4th.International Degrowth Conference -> Let’s make them visible.

A miniguide

This is an uncomplete collection of commons-related events at the 4th. international degrowth conference in Leipzig, which will start on September 2. There will be an enourmous number of parallel events, sessions and workshops during the 3 main conference days. So, if you want to find commons-related events, the following might be useful for you. We gathered information in English and German for panels and workshops prepared by commoners or where commoners participate. Moreover, You are also invited to one (or two?) network meetings of commoners.

We are thrilled, that the Degrowth-Conference goes beyond the degrowth movement and opens a space to discuss commonalities and differences with other movements. So,let’s make the commons visible at the conference and use this awesome opportunity to plan for our next steps. May be in a not so far future, the Commons Movement will organize a movement congress as well. Leipzig might be an example.

Remember, this collection is uncomplete, so: if you are a commoner and offer an event/ workshop etc at the degrowth conference, please add it to this list (you may use the comments or this pad: https://titanpad.com/Gjuw2Jl2zQ)

Thank you! And please spread the word. Share this information with all commoners who will be present in Leipzig.

Perhaps, the most important point is, that we’ve reserved a room for an informal networking meeting among commoners from all over the world: on Thursday September 4, at 2:30 pm, Room S 215 (see below)

The date is a bit odd, because it is parallel to the big convergence panel + other commons related sessions, but we can and should organize another informal meeting towards A COMMONS MOVEMENT CONGRESS IN 2016 on Thursday night or Friday. Suggestions welcome. Who takes the lead? -> mail to: Silke.Helfrich@gmx.de or via one of the commons/commoning mailing lists.

via A Commons Guide for the 4th. International Degrowth Conference | CommonsBlog.

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Peoples’ Social Forum, August 21-24, 2014 Canada

Peoples’ Social Forum

August 21-24, 2014

University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St,

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

 

The Peoples’ Social Forum will open on August 21 with a traditional Algonquin ceremony at sunrise and a celebratory peoples’ march in the afternoon. August 21 and 22 will see hundreds of participant-led workshops happen simultaneously at the University of Ottawa.  Saturday, August 23 will be a day of movement assemblies.  The last day there will be a final all-movements assembly and closing ceremony.   The Peoples’ Social Forum is also a joyous gathering with special exhibitions, work and peoples history tours, film screenings, critical mass rally, a pow-wow, street performances, concerts, games, and building new relationships. The Peoples Social Forum is a means of  stimulating debate, discussion and furthering our sense of community and collective action.

via Home — Forum social des peuples – Peoples’ Social Forum.

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For the Win – by Cory Doctorow

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…She tells her that they are trying to recruit and organize game-workers all over the world into the IWWWW (Industrial Workers of the World Wide Web, a pun on IWW). The members of the IWWWW call themselves “Webblies”, which is again a pun on Wobblies and the web…

via For the Win – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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#talk #dance #act – Come down from the balcony! Frankfurt Blockupy Festival November 20-23, 2014 – Blockupy

We will not wait for the appointments of the rulers – we will set our own agenda. Even if it will be 2015 before the ECB holds its hors d’oeurve event of prominent faces to inaugurate its new tower, Blockupy will be in Frankfurt this fall.

Now, after the “May of Solidarity” across Europe and before the blockade of the ECB inauguration next year, is the right time: we will discuss, we will bring together our struggles and make plans. We will meet to music, with a beer, at a film. And, of course, we will be present in those places where we disrupt normal activities: on the streets, over the fence.

Blockupy – we refuse to adapt! “Austerity kills!” still applies. The rulers are intensifying their structural measures, even if they are more “softly” packed. They are transforming the crisis politics of the Troika into “business as usual” – mini-jobs, Hartz-IV, authoritarian policies and social cuts, racist deportations, militarized borders, and privatization of public goods, ruined healthcare systems, appear to be the answer to unemployment, precarity and nationalist reflexes. The crisis should become a form of life…

Democracy comes from our many struggles. Blockupy attempts, together with others, to create a platform in Europe at a slow moment – against austerity and exploitation, for solidarity beyond borders. Europe is not a question of passport or origins for Blockupy – Europe is the region in which we are starting to struggle together. We are expressing a collective refusal of all nationalist, sexist and racist “crisis solutions”.

#talk – and listen/what to do. Together in workshops, podium discussions and assemblies we want to ask questions that we can answer in collective action: how do we find the cracks in the capitalist cement? How do we guarantee an unconditional welcome to all refugees and migrations? How do we take back our cities, which are selling themselves? How can we find each other so as to live and work with dignity? We will talk about what we must do, what we want to do, to develop alternatives, to bring our struggles together and become stronger.

#dance – grooves and resonances. The festival will bring a different light to many places in the city – spaces of self-managed culture, projects of other ways of living and taking residence, pubs and cafes, theatre, cinema or bookshops. We will met, listen, confuse and explain. We will dance, eavesdrop and be in the squares. A sustainable politics of protest cannot abstain from bringing disorder and confusion to the ruling order.

via #talk #dance #act – Come down from the balcony! Frankfurt Blockupy Festival November 20-23, 2014 – Blockupy.

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Hacking the Obliged Job-Search Torture in the Falling Austeriterian Empire

Universal Automation is a Chrome browser extension that automatically searches and applies for jobs on Universal Jobmatch, the government-run job search website which benefit claimants are forced to use.

The purpose of this project is to support the unemployed in their fight against the bullying and repressive regime of benefit sanctions.

Watch the video on the right to see how it works.

via Universal Automation.

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Everyday and transformational co-operation | Seeds beneath

Everyday co-operation is the idea that life is underpinned by instinctive and generally unacknowledged co-operation between individuals: from tacit agreements about letting one another past on pavements or the unconscious decision not to hoard the spoons at work to the reciprocity that allows people to trust one another, lend books to one another, and so on.

Everyday co-operation is an essential part of everyday life. Many of those people studying the ‘science of co-operation’ – an area of study now encompassing evolutionary biology, game theory, economics, sociology, political science and much else besides – tell us that the reason for everyday co-operation is because people are rational and self-interested, and therefore will pursue the strategy that best realises their interests.

Short-term it might be most beneficial to hoard spoons, not return a book your friend lent you or renege on an informal agreement with a colleague. But long-term these strategies will backfire, so it makes sense to co-operate. It’s what also called reciprocal altruism and I’ve referred to as economic co-operation.*

This idea – that it’s in the long-term best interests of people to co-operate and work together – is not only an important part of the functioning of society, arguably awareness of it is also behind some recent business thinking: the increasing interest in employee ownership as a way of engaging and increasing the productivity of workers, for example, Michael Porter’s concept of businesses delivering ‘shared value’ to suppliers, customers and staff, Unilever’s ‘enlightened capitalism’ or innovations that involve customers or users in ‘co-producing’ a good or service.

Everyday co-operation is everywhere and pretty much non-controversial. It’s a good thing. It makes things run smoothly. And it makes our lives better than a world where short-term self-interest ruled all (which would probably be “nasty, brutish and short” as Thomas Hobbes put it in 1651). Few people would disagree that the world needs everyday co-operation.

via Everyday and transformational co-operation | Seeds beneath.

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Hackers tribes (Saving the World) by Becha – Technologia Incognita

Contents

 

via Hackers tribes – Technologia Incognita.

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Projects | Calafou – PostCapitalist Ecoindustrial Colony

Projects

Calafou is dedicated to encourage productive projects related with our ideas about ecology (environmental care, waste management, etc.), social economy, assemblies and a list of other requirements specified in this document. All productive projects are presented and coordinated through the Projects workgroup, and are then proposed for approval at Calafou’s general assembly.

Collective projects (which profits go for the colony), autonomous projects (initiatives from a person or a specific collective), and collective spaces (which enable project development or are the framework for community life) all coexist in Calafou. Some current projects are: the social center; Circe, a chemistry lab for research and production of soaps, oleates and essences; the hacklab, a place for collective work and learning; the serigraphy workshop; the collective workshop. All of them have been developed by Calafou’s inhabitants.

Among the projects for self-provision or sale we have home-made preserves, marmalades, or bread. There are also autonomous projects such as the garage “El noi del sucre or the MutangerLab (electronics, welding, and more).

Central shed which harbors:

  1. kitchen
  2. dining room
  3. living room
  4. collective workshop
  5. social center
  6. silk screen printing workshop
  7. Hacklab
  8. Garden
  9. Lodging space (red House)
  10. Camping site

Projects:

via Projects | Calafou.

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Towards a first stateless commons transition plan: a partnership of P2P-F with the Catalan Integral Cooperative

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The General Assembly of the Catalan Integral Cooperative has confirmed a proposed partnership with the P2P Foundation.

This is an important development for several reasons.

First, the Catalan Integral Cooperative is the first new type of cooperative that is entirely in line with the idea for a new type of coops engaged in the co-production of the commons, and, after themselves already embodying these ideas before we formulated them in our recent appeal, they are committed to continue and pioneer the path of open cooperativism.

Second, the CIC fully endorses the Commons Transition Plan that was formulated in connection with the floksociety.org project in Ecuador. The FLOK experience was important in that it was a historical first for such ideas to be endorsed at a nation-state level, but also because that cooperation with a government brings its own type of challenges. How to transition towards partner state practices with a state that is not a partner state itself ?

The experience in Catalonia promises to be very different. While the CIC endorses the Commons Transition Plan as its own development plan and roadmap, of course to be adapted and concretized to their own needs, it wants to apply the proposals for the commonification of public services and the partner state, not at the state level, but at the civic level. So the aim here is to directly create civic institutions which can, within or outside of the CIC, carry out the same support functions and enable the further expansion of the commons economy, in particular to stimulate p2p-based production and manufacturing, which the CIC itself is already pioneering. If successful, we may well have a adaptable/changeable but also largely replicable model that could be used in other regions of the world as well, because it will have been the experience where different pieces of successful DNA have come together in a working model.

Here is the announcement of the CIC, translated from Catalan and Spanish:

via P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Towards a first stateless commons transition plan: a partnership of P2P-F with the Catalan Integral Cooperative.

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Blockupy International Invites Movements, Networks, Organisations to an Open Assembly in Brussels. September 26-27 – Blockupy

Call for building together a transnational space of initiative for a Europe from below, through, against and beyond current Europe

We, as Blockupy international coordinating group, met in Berlin on June 21st, to discuss the outcomes of the May of Solidarity and the future perspectives. During the days of mobilization actions were various and rich, and we valued positively that many have been organized from outside the May of Solidarity process. We also agreed that, though the Blockupy process is focused on mobilizing towards the opening of the new ECB building in Frankfurt (now scheduled for early 2015), an autonomous political initiative cannot be simply bounded to the dates established by the institutional agenda: we need a larger social and political perspective. The postponing of Turin EU summit on “youth employment”, on the other hand, has left many without a common space to gather, act and discuss. The message of May of Solidarity across Europe – “Solidarity beyond borders, building democracy from below!” – found much resonance, but a strong transnational movement is still to come and we know that no one, beginning with us, could consider themselves to be sufficient.

We also know we are not alone in our attempts to link struggles across borders and to create a transnational resistance. We openly acknowledge our limits, and we recognize that different networks across the European space are facing that similar limits and contradictions. We do think it is time to turn this situation into a political opportunity. We therefore propose an open meeting to collectively examine the current phase and to strategically discuss our practices and our proposals to build a transnational space of initiative for a Europe from below, through, against and beyond current Europe.

Read the rest of the text here:  Blockupy International Invites Movements, Networks, Organisations to an Open Assembly in Brussels. September 26-27 – Blockupy.

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GNUnion v 1.0 Beta – One Big Meshwork

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Video Tutorial of P2P value directory of Commons Based Peer Production Initiatives

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