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Together we build a Commons Humanity

Global Networked Labour Union seeks your broadest support for the network of emancipatory projects we have been building in collaboration with others. You can give us an hand in any way that you could. Most preferably by joining your labour, heart and mind with us, so that we would walk together towards a commons humanity in dignity, overcoming all kinds of alienation in and between peoples and societies.

In case you like to support our work financially, the amount you
donate will be used to cover the project related costs. Amount over
due will be shared with and donated to sister communities that are
developing similar projects like ours and working for all of us by
commoning the humanity.

Hackers, makers, workers, farmers, designers, squatters, and all communities GNUnite in stitching One Big Mesh Network for the Emancipation of Labour and the Commons

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Next online Global Square meeting, this Friday, 6 February, 6pm CET

- And then asked Grand Commonerf, gently: “Hey commoner, will you join us in commoning a commons movement in commons WSF in Tunis, for the sake of the commons world community?” answered all commonerfs “yeeeesssss” as one voice at him and they all marched together to confront the fearful, in dignity, joice, and strength… La la lallala la, lalalalaaa..

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Proposal to open a ”Global Square” during the World Social Forum 2015 in Tunis

Our squares are homes to our ideas and aspirations, in them we struggle, in them we shout at injustices, in them we share alternatives and build dreams. During the World Social Forum 2015 in Tunisia, the ” Global Square ” will be open to all those who are fighting in the streets to build the necessary change.

Using the ”open space” methodology, the program (clearly indicated on a board during the WSF) will be permanently open to the organization of assemblies, workshops, creative activities, sharing of knowledge and methodologies, etc.

And this space will also encourage spontaneous meetings, music and creativity…

Nuestras plazas son los albergues de nuestras ideas y esperanzas, en ellas luchamos, en ellas gritamos las injusticias, en ellas compartimos alternativas y construimos suenos. Durante el Foro Social Mundial 2015 en Tunes, la ”Plaza Global” (”Global Square”) se convertira en un espacio abierto para todos aquellos y aquellas que luchan en las calles por el cambio.

Usando la metodologia ”foro abierto” a programacion (claramente indicada en un tablero durante el FSM) estara permanentemente abierta para la organizacion de asambleas, talleres, actividades creativas, compartir de saberes y metodologias, etc.

Y este espacio estara también abierto para favorecer encuentros espontaneos, musica y creatividad…

Nos places publiques sont les hôtes de nos idées et de nos aspirations. On y lutte, on y crie les injustices, on y partage des alternatives et on y construit nos rêves. Au cours du Forum Social Mondial 2015 en Tunisie, ”Global Square” (”Place Globale”) deviendra un espace ouvert pour tous ceux et celles qui luttent dans les rues pour construire le changement nécessaire

Utilisant la méthodologie de ”forum ouvert”, la programmation (clairement indiquée au cours du FSM) sera ouverte en permanence à l’organisation d’assemblées, d’ateliers, d’activités créatives, au partage de connaissances et de méthodologies, etc.

Cet espace encouragera aussi les rencontres spontanées, la musique et la créativité…


The meeting will be online on Mumble which is a voice chat open source software.

How to join the call in Mumble and solving problems:

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

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


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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Support and stand in solidarity with TheNewUniversity – OccupiedUvA‏

The head office of the University of Amsterdam is under occupation and the occupation has become a workshop for building new models


Support and stand in solidarity with this critical and historical
occupation and the resistance of the Dutch and international students,
who are being over exploited in the ‘market’ while they are programmed
to be exploited more as future labour force. Their resistance and
efforts to build liberated future models at the occupied Maagdenhuis,
the head office of the largest university-industrial complex in the
Netherlands, the sinking last welfare state, deserve massive support
from the academic knowledge workers, as well as unions, labour
activists from around the world.

If you are far to the Spui Straat 12, visit their website: The New
University –

The counter-occupation shall prevail!

Global Networked Labour University / GNUnion

We are here not only to commonify the disciplinary education and liberate knowledge commons and the labour of the knowledge workers, but to turn the entire model upside down and inside out and replace globally with emancipatory knowledge production and socialisation apparatus designed by and for the producing classes.

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De Nieuwe Universiteit | Voor een kritische universiteit en maatschappij

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March 1, 2015 by anonymous

Beste lezers,

De mensen in het Maagdenhuis hebben altijd steun nodig. Kom vooral gezellig langs, maar als je ook nog verder mee wilt hebben, dan doe je ons een groot plezier met:

eten voor vanavond (denk ook aan vegetariërs, en hou er rekening mee dat we over geen keuken beschikken)



slaapspullen (denk aan slaapmatjes, slaapzakken, etc.)

alles waarvan je denkt dat wij het nodig kunnen hebben


Deel deze post aan iedereen die kan helpen!


Dear readers,

The  people in the Maagdenhuis always need support. Just come along if you feel like, but if you also want to support us in a more practical way, you can do us a great favour with:

dinner (think of vegetarians as well, and be aware that we do not have a kitchen)



sleeping equipment (like camping mattresses, sleeping bags, etc.)

everything else you think we might need


Please share this post to everyone able to help!

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A New Alignment of Movements? Strategies for a Convergence of Movements | Report by Pat Conaty and David Boiller

The below report is written by Pat Conaty and David Bollier. It resonates very much with the discussion we have been trying to catalyze at the Networked Labour e-list, therefore is much welcomed. It is the second part succeeding the Open-Cooperatives report recently circulated and published on Commons Transition website. Reading both reports through one gains very important insights about how new movements are evolving and what would one can do to link these movements around ‘hypothesis of the Commons’, as one big transition movement.

One systematic problem of the overall vision is that it is drawn from a higher level, then thr commons ground occupied by the grassroots movements. For instance, the links are thought to be built by the expert communities of interlockers, who are most of the time to be funded and act as professional cadre, who would most probably tend to play the self-reclaimed role of professional ‘fellowship of the ring’. This is an obvious risk being run in such approaches. Although the both reports highlight very creative organisational and tactical hacks that would work, what one misses, in my opinion, is the crucial attention being paid on how to do the real hack. The question about how to avoid the past mistakes, considering cooptation problem was not asked. The authors and participants of the event needs to be asking themselves how would we be more innovative in developing self-awareness of the cooptation risks, and in what way we could develop an healthy attitude and communication or build working mechanisms to ensure the independence and autonomy of such events them selves, from any capital or state agenda. Can putting forward clear perspectives on how to struggle against NGOisation of the Commons, as it happened to previous coops, movements, as well as labour, gender, environment, so on, be possible. How would be a class self-consciousness made visible in such events and agendas? What would be the role of such openness in building broader alliances genuinely bottom up?

Since these events, as the Networked Labour, being financed by specific NGOs or political agency, bearing own politics and agendas, while we are of course most appreciating them for redistributing public money towards emancipatory collective activities, what is needed is still a developed concrete vision about how to making sure that our productions would go beyond sectarian political perspectives and serve for the real thing? In relation to this, another question would be, how do you think that spaces like WSF, in Tunis, can be serving such more bottom up coming togethers for communities to build commons strategies. To avoid repeating similar mistakes we might have a better perspective on the labour division, between experts, funding, and practitioners? To be more specific, if some of us focusing on funds and expertise, public opinion or else, instead of practice of commoning or solidarity economy, experts must not self-charge themselves with the task of ‘creating grassroots awareness’ or consciousness in those communities like as ‘them actually being part of a bigger commons politics’ or ‘class wars’, let them talk this out themselves… Otherwise this is the reproduction of a class division. It is the hardest topic to tackle, both individually and collectively, both in and after the transition. Yet it is important to have a build-in approach. Especially while we all are suffering from the hardening crisis income wise, this easily turns into exploitation of comrades on be halve of the good cause. We must remember that hundreds of millions of people suffer much worse then our sufferings. No matter who we are, ours can not be more important then others. Plus we might not be the best people, or circles, to strategize politics for others, especially ‘movements’, and more especially those who are the most innovative, as we are promoting so. There are practical solutions to this. For instance, those experts who are close to the funding and media, who have the possibilities to attract broader support, could do so and encourage communities to innovate and organize their own collective spaces, to work out their own agendas for strategizing convergences ‘themselves’, while they provide insights, research, ideas, so not setting the agenda and vision for them and tell them what they are actually doing, and should be doing instead, or should perceive things in this or that way. not to saying this very important event or report is doing so but I sincerely miss clarity on how it is avoiding or not doing this. such mistakes, like funding some projects or communities to make it look like there is a grassroots movement, to shape the higher level or meta strategies was the most important weakness, of, say, transnational social and environmental justice movements, and earlier ones – most of them are coopted as trade unions, and social democratic and green parties.

Anyway, after reading about Syriza, not hoping too much from the 18 March ECB action, and wondering about what would Podemos be doing about the Europe and the Spain, meanwhile
seeing every day another sign of fascism being consolidated, war mongers are Winnie ground, while any genuine support lacks for the creation of independent and autonomous spaces weather in WSF Tunis or somewhere else where actual convergence by the autonomous communities and movements themselves can happen, so that real we could have really bottom up alliances and political innovations being forged like between Zapatista and Rojava, squatters and Occupiers, transition towns, new cooperatives and hackers, become possible, I get bit more pessimistic about the way power politics plays out itself around ‘the commons’..

It feels like not commons transition but transition to fascism is consolidating its bases in country after country, simultaneously.

There are however also really good developments like the emergence and spread of Kobani rebuilding solidarity networks, and University of Amsterdam occupation since last week gaining wider support. Who knows, may be an uprising is near in the Netherlands too.. Commons movements might be emerging out of the common struggles we have been giving all over. We need to trust those who are giving the struggles and making the innovations. they would be the ones who would know best how to link each other around actions like ECB swarm, in spaces like WSF, building new free universities, rebuilding towns and museums smashed by imperialist occupations, and so on..

A New Alignment of Movements? Part II: Strategies for a Convergence of Movements

by Pat Conaty and David Bollier

In September 2014, the Commons Strategies Group convened a three-day workshop in Meissen, Germany, of 25 policy advocates and activists from a variety of different economic and social movements. The topic of the “deep dive”: Can leading alt-economic and social movements find ways to work more closely together? Can there be a greater convergence and collaboration in fighting the pathologies of neoliberalism?”

This is the second of two parts. You can find the first part here.

Read the full paper in the Commons Transition Wiki

Download as a PDF

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Re-building Kobani, as one of the emancipatory cities of the Another World

Below call is circulated via email lists to join hands in rebuilding Kobani, symbolic part of liberated Rojava. A spark can be lighted and spread from Kobani, in case a will emerges to channel broader generetive and constuctive emancipatory energy to rebuild Kobane as a geniunely state-free Earth city which is directly and organically part of broader papalel world composing Chiapas, social centers, occupied factories, squats, squares, hacker spaces, transition towns, social forums and other communities that producing and maintaining a life beyond capitalism.
Kobani as an emancipatory Babylon that is rebuilt all together, using the productive forces we have and can share by employing the new communication coordination and self organising capacity we have been gaining in the last decade, would be the cristallization of an emancipated social power that demonstrates that massively opressed peoples of the Global South are able to undertake large scale initiatives. A mother Earth friendly city building initiative, would bring about the hope 99% needs urgenty;  first for those who urgenlty need their living spaces back in Rojava, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, afghanistan and else where, who also forces to immigtate other countries and West where they become slaves. And then for those struggling against hardening exploitation of human and the nature across the Planet, those who are pushed ethnic and religious fundamentalism -thus radical exploition by the local Capital. Or those middle class technology workers chosing to sell their labour and dreams to Google and other large scale data-miners, building Smart-Cities as new techno-Babylons designed and serve to the rulers.
If there shall be any strong hope for movements to work together to produce and protect the commons at all, in near future, commonning Kobane as an emancipatory and Earth friendly Babylon, may be the chance we shouldn’t miss:
27 February, 2015
A new board has been established to oversee the reconstruction of Kobane, which has been left devastated after 6 months of siege. Currently 25,000 people are living or have just moved back into Kobane and many more are waiting their chance to return home, but an absence of basic food and water supplies and the physical destruction of the city’s infrastructure makes the situation extremely precarious. In addition, ISIS left land mines and explosive materials behind as they fled Kobane and the surrounding villages, even placing them inside kitchens and bedrooms of abandoned homes.
The Kobane Reconstruction Board has written a report, available for download, which provides an overview of the damage and lists the urgent needs facing the region.
You can download the report here: Report on the urgent and essential needs in Kobane <> , February 2015
Other networks:
Kobani Re-building Platform:
Kobani Solidarity Coordination:
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From Kobani, to Chiapas, and in Tunis, peer to peer building we a commons and autonomous humanity bottom up!

Originally posted on GNUnion:

Dear friends,
Below you will find the registration made for the Global Square to the WSF Tunis. Besides we also proposed to have an open and collaborative space continuously working during thimece imagee forum to produce concrete proposals to be discussed and presented to the assemblies, which might be held in and outside the university campus, in order to work on the concrete experience and expertise we have been gaining as grassroots commoners, solidarity networkers, activists, peer producers, cooperative owners.
As you will see the Global Square is an open initiative, open to anyone’s volunteer contribution as well as participation to be built and rebuilt, towards, around and beyond social forums. So the space we are creating will be self organized and shared one, culturally, politically, economically and socially.
You will also see that the event I proposed and registered, as part of the Global Square open space, is drafted…

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All power to the people, via cantons, assemblies, forums, and commons spaces we build together around the world!

imageFrom Chiapas to Rojava: seas divide us, autonomy binds us –

Despite being continents apart, the struggles of the Kurds and Zapatistas share a similar purpose: to resist capitalism, liberate women and build autonomy.

– Image: Tierra y Libertad by Matt Verges (can be ordered as a poster here).

Power to the people can only be put into practice when the power exercised by social elites is dissolved into the people.

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Image result for IG metall TSTG DuisburgLABOURLEAKS.ORG – Exposing wrongdoings in the workplace

This is a letter from the First Represantive of the IG Metall Duisburg-Dinslaken, the German Engineering Union, to former employees of the closed steel works TSTG in Duisburg which made rails for the German railways. The letter is addressed to ex-employees who are still in the union. It concerns those employees who have not managed to find a job after a year after the company closed down. There are two aspects of the letter that are questionable. Firstly, the “works council” is involved in the discussion as to who gets what from the “hardship fund”. This is strange because the council has long ceased to exist. Secondly, the author states explicitely that the information contained in the letter is only going to those colleagues who are still members of the IG Metall. Everyone else may not be informed by the union. No explanation is given as to why this is so and ex-employees suspect that only union members will benefit from the hardship fund.

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Crowdfunding Campaign for the 2nd Networked Labour Event in Tunis, WSF, Global Square

This is an appeal for a individual and institutional crowdfunding and collaboration campaign to realize the 2nd International Networked Labour event, this time in Tunis, during the World Social Forum, in March 2015.

Draft open proposal for the 2nd event can be seen and modified here:

Project, content and program will be designed, managed and executed, based on open-participatory budgeting and p2p collaboration principles, and as part of broader Global Square initiative ( In case you like to help us to get there financially please support the GNUnion campaign at

Besided we welcome all kinds of technical, logistical, creativity, design, physical labour and knowledge based contributions, especially from interested creative communites and cooperatives and their members from around the world.

The estimated budget, as well as the participatory tools and mechanisms that can be used to follow and join the event from a distance will be published here, during the second part of February 2015:

If you are interested in collaborating please contact us directly by emailing at networkedlabour [at] networg [dot] nl

In networked and global solidarity

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Negri talks to ROAR: From refusal of the autonomy to refusal of the multitude and the commons

imageOr from skepticism of egalitarian politics of communing to full fledge overcoming of it...

Negri sounds below, like he is saying something like this: “well.. with the 2011 uprisings, good-will multitude made a good case for her master’s quest, while she proven how foolish is she without the master.. Oh the commonwealth she produces… What does substructure mean without a mastermind to lead the production.. now shut up and give me the Ring, I will take care of the rest for you, as I guessed this was coming..”

What reads in between lines here is the typical re-emergence of the weakness we are familiar that gets up from the grave when a real chance for concrete power emerges… when it appears and get closer by, it transforms the big speeches and meta-analyses of communism, equality, freedom in to transmission belts for the seizure and capture of collective and individual sources of power, here starts a talking ‘will to power’. At this point one says and does things that are exact opposite of the content, and those things one did or said on the way up to that point where she or he is being listened, talking from the commanding heights, without seriously questioned by the multitude, the good, domestic, foolish member of the multitude. Negri makes a wink at the right point with the rightist words at Harvey; signalling a possible power share in case Brussles is taken over, or power is seized from the more part of the foolish multitude which once was believing only in the preaches of Harvey.

My question to Negri and those who similes at, and believes in his words, would be: what is then the real meaning of working, fighting, creating, and bundling together as equal brothers and sisters to you? What does commons and commons-wealth would mean in reality?

Negri says: “Multitude is dead, long live Solitude… one chance the Dialetude, so vertical enough!”.

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Sharing Economy as Anti-crack Capitalism

imageDid you realize what it is when you first heard about this Anti-Crack (kraak in Dutch) thing? By now it is almost an established branch of the new real(bubble)estate sector. Wonder if there is any good kick-ass critic of this Anti-Crack/squat / gentrification complex! Or a pain giving action done or being organized, especially after this brave term is manifested and popularized -at least in the Netherlands, as the Workfare? The offense strategy of the anti-crackers looks like the good governance boyz (Delegitimize, Deregulate, Privatize) of the 80s-90s neoliberalism. Relatively a good deal after the crisis moment in 2008, after have been saying and hearing that there is not much space left for the capital to expand and assert itself through commodification of everything and internalisation of externalities.. Now what we see is the real mutation and reinvention of the alien by absorbing the new emancipatory experiments called ‘social innovatin’. It is doing it once more by this time internalization of unused estate goods, and going deeper in the city-spaces, and more deep even into your rooms, toilets, dushes, of the  houses we are living in; by linking AirBnB style innovation and social housing system of the ancient-welfare regime, bed-room taxes, used and not used things are being taken in to re-valuetion circles by using the new means of production and reproduvtion the emerging new capitalism.

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‘Robin Hood’ fugitive to Kick-start Post Capitalism?

Originally posted on The Free:

Last week saw two major  internet stories from ‘Robin Hood’ (aka, Enric Duran) and his plans to short circuit Capitalism.capitalism-is-obsolete
‘Robin’ is a Catalan activist who took out bank loans of 500,000 euros and gave the cash to occupiers, anarchists and Coops. Then he helped found the fast growing CIC (Integral Coop), a group of leaderless assembly-run, coops with their own ‘anti-money’, the ECU, which aims to evade the inbuilt exploitative control of the world money system.

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Labor in the Global Digital Economy by Ursula Huws

A special book announcement from Monthly Review Press for friends of the journal Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation:

available now! 

Labor in the Global Digital Economy
The Cybertariat Comes of Age

Ursula Huws

“Ursula Huws is a global treasure: her essays collected here continue her several decades of scholarship analyzing the impact of technological change on women and workers. This book brings her prescient Marxist feminist theorizing to a wider audience. It is a must read for anyone who cares about what the future holds for workers in the digital era.”

Gina Neffauthor, Venture Labor:
Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries

“Rich in theoretical and methodological insights, Labor in the Global Digital Economy carefully guides us through the world of transnational business, value chains, creative, precarious and knowledge labor, self-service consumers, and consumption workers. Challenging accepted thinking and providing enough wisdom to fill several volumes, Huws has once again demonstrated her preeminence among analysts of work and inequality in digital capitalism.”

Vincent Moscoauthor, To the Cloud:
Big Data in a Turbulent World

“As always, Huws has a treasury of insights to offer. Use this book as a manual for understanding how the alliance of capital and digitization is reshaping the landscape of labor.”

Andrew Rossauthor, Creditocracy
and the Case for Debt Refusal

“Ursula Huws is without peer as an analyst of life in contemporary capitalism.”

Leo PanitchYork University;
editor, Socialist Register

For every person who reads this text on the printed page, many more will read it on a computer screen or mobile device. It’s a situation that we increasingly take for granted in our digital era, and while it is indicative of the novelty of twenty-first-century capitalism, it is also the key to understanding its driving force: the relentless impulse to commodify our lives in every aspect.

Ursula Huws ties together disparate economic, cultural, and political phenomena of the last few decades to form a provocative narrative about the shape of the global capitalist economy at present. She examines the way that advanced information and communications technology has opened up new fields of capital accumulation: in culture and the arts, in the privatization of public services, and in the commodification of human sociality by way of mobile devices and social networking. These trends are in turn accompanied by the dramatic restructuring of work arrangements, opening the way for new contradictions and new forms of labor solidarity and struggle around the planet. Labor in the Global Digital Economy is a forceful critique of our dizzying contemporary moment, one that goes beyond notions of mere connectedness or free-flowing information to illuminate the entrenched mechanisms of exploitation and control at the core of capitalism.

208 pages | paperback
$19 | £15to order online
from the publisher,
visit the Monthly Review
Press website

to order online
from the UK distributor,
visit the Central
Books website

published simultaneously as an e-book

Ursula Huws is Professor of Labour and Globalisation at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, and founder of Analytica Social and Economic Research. She is the author of The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World.

“Ursula Huws has the rare ability to cut through existing abstract models with a clarity based on an immense practical understanding. The implications of The Making of a Cybertariat are far reaching in rethinking a radical strategy for the future.”
Sheila Rowbotham

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GNUniting for the Commons Humanity: Mesh-Project Submitted to


Global Network Labour Union submits a frame-project to, the cooperative funding initiative of the Catalan Integral Cooperative

Originally posted on GNUnion:

GNUnion aims at

1.  Creating one big mesh network for the working people from the Global South and Global North by linking autonomous networks and communities of high-tech/knowledge, industrial and service workers; domestic, immigrant, rural, jobless and future workers; solidarity, activism and research networks; labour, environmental, social justice and information freedom activists,

2. Hyper- and self-empowerment of the individual nodes and networks involved,

3.  Emancipation of human labour, creativity and potential from current dominant system based on waged slavery by mesh networking existing and working alternatives and  building new ones,

4. Combining labour, digital, creative and media activism to confront system with transnationally meshed, systemic and strategic mass actions,

The network of the projects we design and develop focuses on self-organizing and connecting like-minded peers and their network bases to each other strategically and synergetically. To this end we build dynamic, free, libre, and open access spaces and tools through which our collective agendas, struggles, and energies can…

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The Second FairCoop Bulletin, January 2015


Hello and welcome to the second edition of the FairCoop bulletin. As you can see we’ve kept true to our commitment to non-spammyness but now the time is right for another batch of updates and exciting news in the FairCoop universe.

  1. Welcome, Bienvenido, Benvenue, Willkommen, benvenuto, Bem-vindo

We’ve made “Welcome” pages in different languages, to facilitate your introduction in the language that is easier for you and to make you feel right at home.


  1. Winter solstice summit

To kick off, we’re very excited to tell you about our Winter Solstice Summit, where a bunch of the FairCoop gang got together to talk about the current state of the project as well as what’s in store for the coming year.

The get-together was very fruitful. We started by talking about what we’ve achieved so far, while determining our weaknesses and strengths. This led to a series of discussions on Communication, FairCoin, FairMarket, and Reputation and Trust, among other things. Click on the following link to get a general overview of the summit:

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January 13th marks the launch of

This new website provides an easy way to buy Faircoins using different national currencies, like EUR / USD / CNY / RUB / GBP / INR / NGN / BRL / MXN as well as with other popular payment methods such as wire transfer, credit card, Paypal. Eventually, you’ll also be able to buy and exchange Faircoins in the physical spaces which will be established by FairCoop’s local node network.

Getfaircoin is backed and managed by FairCoop. Getfaircoin will charge 1% for every transaction, and this same amount – in Faircoin – will go to the Pooled fund of FairCoop’s ecosystem to cover  operational running expenses. In the case of the physical exchanges in local nodes, this charge will go straight to the nodes themselves.

Get involved, and don’t forget to get your first Faircoins! They’ll come in handy for when we launch the FairMarket!!

  1. FairMarket

FairMarket is currently in development and we are considering ideas about how to manage this important resource for the FairCoop ecosystem. See this summary ->

FairMarket will use the tool #exchange from Wezer – a specific distribution of Odoo for coops and collaborative communities created by the collective Valeureux. This is the first step of the ongoing partnership agreement between Wezer and FairCoop which we hope that will make further collaborations possible in the near future.

In order to advance the process of setting up FairMarket, we are putting out a call for people that want to be involved in some necessary tasks like: Python development, admin management, beta testing, graphic design and others. If you want to be involved please write to

  1. FAQ

FairCoop is, by nature, a complex project. It’s ambitious and far-reaching by nature but, hey, if you really want to change the world, why be coy about it?

Nevertheless, we want to be able to communicate what the project entails in the clearest way possible and, to that end, we’ve compiled a series of recurrent questions we’ve come across, along with the pertinent answers. We want the FAQ to be an ongoing project so, if you’d like to add any questions or expand on the answers already featured, please contribute to this thread in FairNetwork.

Here is the first published version of the FAQ  ->

  1. Roar Magazine and Commons Transition

Imagen 23Reflections on a Revolution stands out as one of the best independent journalism platforms of our time. Focusing on the development and growth of the radical democracy movements which have arisen from the 2011 protests, ROAR features in-depth content and quality writing that frequently surpasses most contemporary coverage of these issues.

We were honoured to be asked to write an article about FairCoop for them. You can see the results here, follow this link:

Commons Transition is a database of practical experiences and policy proposals aimed toward achieving a more humane and environmentally grounded mode of societal organization. Created by our partners at the P2P Foundation, it features both FairCoop and the Catalan Integral Cooperative as partner projects.

Additionally, they have just published an exciting new interview with Enric Duran, talking about FairCoop, P2P ventures and the Commons. You can read the full interview here:

  1. Ecosystemic council

Given the lack of debate on the document called “Ecosystemic Decision Process”, the Ecosystemic Council has decided to test it as a useful provisional document, before it receives enough attention to make voting on it democratically viable.


The document remains open for discussion by whomever would be interested in contributing to this debate:

– Bram Crevits has recently joined the Ecosystemic Council. See his bio here in the Ecosystem Council site.

  1. TASKS specifically needed to continue improving FairCoop

  • Communication, specially with FairCoop frontpage
  • Web designer
  • Web admin & community manager
  • Graphic designer (familiar with WordPress)
  • Development: php and Python
  • Project managers: organisational skills

Contact us at coop at or in the FairNetwork, if you think that you could help!

  1. Survey

In FairCoop, community comes first. If you check the links for the summit, you’ll see that we’ve repeatedly discussed participation and user experience. Rather than make assumptions, we want to ask you directly about your experience with FairCoop. To do so, we’ve created the following survey:

Please answer the questions as best as you can, so we can all make FairCoop as user-friendly as possible. Thanks!

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Global Networked Labour University set for launch on May First 2015, Join the Revolution!

First Semester Courses are Set for the Launch as of May First 2015! Join the team, self-organise activity, offer courses, support our projects, spread the word!

Global Networked Labour University is a Free Libre and Open Source Remote Education System, designed for empowerment of workers, independent labour unionists, community members and organisers via study-circles, self-training, exchange and strategy sessions. Besides, we have been preparing high qulaity licence, masters, and doctorate level free access programs which will be delivered by dedicated and experienced trainers, using Floss platforms like Big Blue Button, Meet.Jitsi, Talky as well as others. Our projects will include self-organised face to face sessions by workers, hackers, designers, artists, peers producers, and commoners. Join the team, organise p2p and worker to worker trainings, conferences, debates, exchange and strategy meetings to share your knowledge with workers and others. If you are a union or community organiser, trainer, or having teaching and pedagogical experience combined with expertise knowledge on any topic, from physics to coding and design, that you can deliver give it a remote-course format and deliver it online please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

If you wish to support GNUnion and our free, libre and open access projects developed by and for precarious or unemployed working people, please do so by using the information here:

Below programs are currently in progress, being designed and adopted, and they are scheduled to be kicked off as May First 2015.


Social media, online networking and organising for shop stewards and union activists

Stronger ties with online networking
Tools for cybermeetings and webinars
Bottom up publishing & sharing
Translation and interpretation
An Example
Download de PDF versie in het Nederlands
Türkçe çervirisini PDF olarak indiriniz
Download the PDF version in Spanish
Download the PDF version in English
Wiki: Online collaborative version of the self-training material
Presentation I: A Social Media Approach for International Solidarity
Presentation II: Social media and online networking guide for shop steewards and union activists
Schedule: in progress, plan is to start online courses on May 1st, 2015

Module II (in progress):

Floss Cirriculum on P2P, Commons and Global Political Economy Program – Licence and Master’s Level degree course material for workers

Call for Contributors:

We are inviting peer producers and commoners alike to join us to peer produce a commons knowledge resource that will include text books, articles, audio, video and other sorts of digital material that will help us to address and broaden the needed dialogue between critical social theories on p2p, commons and global political economy on the other, and the political and cultural praxis towards emancipatory commons transitions that will allow humanity to go beyond the vision promised by capitalisms, while avoiding the worse like fascisms and wars to dominate the planet and destroy more lives. Believeing that it became by now cyristal clear that the humanity is passing through yet another world historical passage of which one side is dark and fearful: Deepening systemic crises, serious threats of regional and global wars, normalisation of extreme right and religious fundamentalisms, as well as natural and human disasters, all caused by the current mode of production. Yet the other side is bright and hopeful: Where the emergence of the new become clear in the realities and practices of the p2p and the commons, which by now proven themselves as not only concepts but also practices that they are bearing ‘the seeds of the new’ potential forms to constitute, what Marx referred as the ‘associated mode of production’ -more then one and a half century ago; while they also promise possibility for creation of what Kropotkin and Buchkin thought as ‘communal mutual aid society’ -in the previous century, yet to be created and consolidated collectively by painful efforts and struggle. Therefore encouraging all those who are interested and can contribute in this special collaborative project through which we want to develop structured and systematic pool of pedagogical material as base for free access self- and floss- high level remote emancipatory education activities orgniased by anyone who wishes. In order to make an entry please register to the P2P-Foundation’s wiki page and make sure that your entries comes under the relevant section, and you applied a similar format used for the materials placed on the wiki before you. Let’ s join efforts and enrich this pool of emancipatory knowledge and analyses, that can be useful for understanding and the changing the word through commons assertive and constructive actions for fair, just, peaceful and beautiful world where life, equality, freedom, and joy can flourish and thrive for a commons humanity.

Project wiki:

Contact us: For any questions and support you can send an email at: networkedlabour [at] networg [dot] nl

Time table:

January 2015, setting initial format and making initial entries, informal call for contributors and suppporters for seed funding.

February 2015, completin first set of material entries for all sections and subsections.

March-May 2015, Completing the webspace with working and tested BigBlueButton, Jitsi, and Talky spaces for the first round of lectures and events.

Schedule is in progress, our plan is to start the online courses as of May 1st, 2015

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FairCoop as creative-construction of Commons Humanity as an antitode to Capitalisms and the Worse | via ROARMAG


imageThe ‘Robin Hood of the Banks’ strikes again. This time the aim is to create a worldwide cooperative to develop and expand a new economy of the commons.

By Pablo Prieto and Enric Duran

Some revolutionary activists have an amazing ability to avoid the economy. We have been iron-branded with the idea that the economy is not only evil, but the cause of all evil; that we should stay away from it and feel guilty about being involved with it. Like don Quixote, we are sane and pure-hearted, but we refuse to see this one truth: we need a new economy.

A new economy begins with a new kind of money. If you’ve managed to live in something close to a gift economy: congratulations, you’ve made it! This only works for some of us, though, living in relatively small communities, and not on a global scale. You have to realize that you’re not really changing your neighbors’ world by trading Ubuntu installs for massage; you’re not overthrowing the hyperarchist system of human domination by paying for your tofu in rainbowcoins, now, are you?

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Transforming crisis into krisis, pt.4: The challenge of linking struggles on a national and international level


This is the last in a four-part series of articles on austerity in Greece and the response of society. Read part 3 here.

By Insurgenta Iskra

While mass media tirelessly repeat the “there is no alternative” mantra in order to ease the imposition of further neoliberal austerity, southern Europe resists in a surprisingly collectively creative manner towards system change. This creative resistance is the focus of the Festival4sce. Members of the coordination team, active in various initiatives in their respective local areas, all agree that resistance has to be encouraged and strengthened through the participation of larger groups of society. For Emma -member of the Citizen Debt Audit Platform (PACD) in Spain-, the one thing that always stands out is “how strong resilience movements are in comparison with movements that work more focused on strategies of political incidence, change and confrontation. There is a tremendous media blockage in “the centre” of what is happening in the European periphery. A painful vast majority of people have not a clue of what is going on in countries like Greece or Spain and this has shocked me profoundly when moving to France. This is a huge challenge we are facing for neoliberalism and austerity has to be confronted on a European scenario. We have to learn how to deal with the different cultural, political and social backgrounds”.

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The First FairCoop Bulletin



imageHello friends! This is the first FairCoop Bulletin; we plan on sending these out on a semi-regular, (non-spammy) basis to let you know what’s going on in the global movement. The wealth of any movement is its members so please if you have any doubts, questions, suggestions or downright inspirations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and get involved.

1. Participate in defining how FairCoop is going to make decisions!

Ok first of all, as you probably know, the decision-making structure of is based around councils, like the branches of a tree, and the ‘trunk’ of this tree is the provisional Ecosystemic Council, which is now beginning to do its work, and as one of its main tasks has developed a draft of the methodological process for making decisions at FairCoop ecosystem level.

Right now the draft has been published here.

Please have a read – there are two weeks for the document to be discussed and improved in our own social network, the Fairnetwork.

These are the complete deadlines that are scheduled:

Draft: 06-18 November
internal discussion on the council: 19-26 November
open discussion on the network: 27 -17 December
draft update with network: 18-21 December
Voting: (to confirm between finals of December and beginnings of January)

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