Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Breakdown of Global Capitalism: 2000-2030 | CEO

May 16, 2012 – 11:09 A year ago, on May 10th 2011, the Spanish activist and writer Ramón Fernández Durán died. Together with the Transnational Institute and Ecologistas en Acción, Corporate Europe Observatory has just published an English edition of … Continue reading

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Co-operatise the state? by Hilary Wainwright | red pepper

Can the co-op movement be one source of alternatives to marketisation? Hilary Wainwright explores In the free-for-all over the spoils of the public sector, Tory ministers are playing fast and loose with the concepts of co-operatives and mutuals. They talk … Continue reading

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The Peer to Peer Manifesto: The Emergence of P2P Civilization and Political Economy by Michel Bauwens

Our current political economy is based on a fundamental mistake. It is based on the assumption that natural resources are unlimited, and that it is an endless sink. This false assumption creates artificial scarcity for potentially abundant cultural resources. This combination of quasi-abundance and quasi-scarcity destroys … Continue reading

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Michel Bauwens on the Peer Production Economy

December 12, 2008 | by David Bollier Photo by “Gullig,”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/gullig/1552514539 via Flickr, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. Last week, in my post about “peak hierarchy,” I referred to a talk by Michel Bauwens of The P2P Foundation at UMass Amherst … Continue reading

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Hundreds Arrested In Massive Crackdown on #Blockupy

May 19, 2012 By Jérôme E. Roos Jérôme E. Roos’s ZSpace Page / ZSpace Frankfurt on lock-down as over 5.000 police are deployed in an unprecedented operation to keep protesters out of the city and away from the banks. The atmosphere here in Frankfurt … Continue reading

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NO to the EU Fiscal Treaty-Solidarity with Blockupy

No to the EU Fiscal Treaty – No to cutbacks TODAY in Spain Friday, 18th May – 1900h Location: European Commission Offices – Irish Embassy Against the Financial Coup d’Etat DISMANTLING the LIES of the EU other languages here: http://titanpad.com/Je1aFhlku4  Source: http://madrid.tomalaplaza.net/2012/05/17/convocatoria-cacerolada-ante-la-comision-europea-18m/ Pan banging … Continue reading

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Networks Without a Cause; A Critique of Social Media by Geert Lovink

 (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Description With the vast majority of Facebook users caught in a frenzy of ‘friending’, ‘liking’ and ‘commenting’, at what point do we pause to grasp the consequences of our info-saturated lives? What compels us to … Continue reading

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Commons/P2P Next Steps: Creating Sustainable Commons Based Institutions

A major theme that came up throughout our first School of Commoning workshop with Michel Bauwens concerned the need to co-create sustainable commons based institutions. The overriding sentiment was to create institutions that are commons and are therefore inherently sustainable by their nature. … Continue reading

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The 99% Solution

May 16, 2012 — Poor Richard (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Sign of the Four opens with an alarming scene: “Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-piece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case.   With his … Continue reading

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Organizing P2P organizations

April 7, 2011 — Poor Richard Image via Wikipedia I probably should have titled this “Hacking the Organization”. What follows is not a primer of organizational design but simply a back-of-the-envelope sketch of how a number of organizational design and … Continue reading

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The P2P sector an opportunity for low-cost local reindustrialization

Grupo Cooperativo de las Indias ~ http://grupolasindias.coop ~ reindustrializa@grupolasindias.coop History of the industrial P2P sector The explosion in the social use of the Internet in the ’90s generated notable changes in the whole productive process. One of the most striking effects … Continue reading

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Five Elements (and a coda) for the Counter-Hegemonic Project

Five basic elements, with linked explanatory text, to develop a comprehensible narrative of the transition to the P2P production method as the only substantive alternative to systemic crisis… with a confederalist coda that has a Prodhounian aftertaste. Since the ’90s, … Continue reading

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Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy

By Michel Bauwens, 04.07.12 Image: Dave Gray A new way to produce is emerging. By this I mean: a new way to produce anything and everything, whether it is software, food, or cities. What once required rigid organisations and a society defined by the … Continue reading

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The Future Now: An Interview with David de Ugarte | Shareable

In this interview, Shareable publisher Neal Gorenflo, John Robb of Global Guerrillas, and P2P foundation’s Michel Bauwens talk to David de Ugarte, one of the originators of the Spanish cyberpunk scene about his more recent work developing a multinational worker cooperative, Las Indias, that … Continue reading

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M15: A look toward the future by Esther Vivas

Untimely and unexpected. That’s what the emergence of this movement of collective outrage at the Spanish state was. If we had been told on M14 (May 14th, 2011) the next day thousands of people would start taking to the streets … Continue reading

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JUDY COLLINS – OWS “Marat/Sade” Timely Lyrics Fuel OCCUPY Movement

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Peer-to-peer and Marxism: The Berlin Debate by Jean Lievens

On May 3, Jonathan, Leona, Alex and I had a discussion with Michel Bauwens on peer-to-peer and Marxism.  The discussion took place in the lobby of the Palace Hotel in Berlin. Here’s a slightly edited transcript of the discussion. The … Continue reading

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Against the crisis: P2P Industrial Revolution!

11May2012 Por Natalia Fernández Guardado en maxiposts Join this campaign. In all likelihood, the markets and States of the Iberian Peninsula, more than those of Ireland or Greece, are going to show the limits and horrors of this crisis. What happens in … Continue reading

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“Os quiero, os respeto, os necesito”- 15M “FROM THE INSIDE” (Doc)

                              CANAL: www.youtube.com/user/olharesnomadas                              BLOG: www.olharesnomadas.blog.com                   … Continue reading

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The meaning and necessity of revolution in the 21st century

By Jerome Roos On May 11, 2012 The global day of action on May 12 will mark the resurgence of our resistance. But what is the way forward for our movement in these times of crisis? This is the transcript of a presentation … Continue reading

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