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Transnational networks of radical labour research and (h)activism: A global working class in the making
Below is a message and call from comrade Steve Zeltzer:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The ILWU Local 10 initiated May Day 2016 starting at their San Francisco union hall will be streamed live. There will also be a march to the San Francisco Harry Bridges Plaza next to the Ferry Building. Speakers from unions and actor/activist Danny Glover will also speak. If you can also stream your May Day events we can put an embed code on your channel to mirror it so we can have international May Day on line. If you cannot stream it but video tape the rallies and speakers we can put it together for May Day 2016 around the world.
International Labor Media Channel
Pacifica KPFA WorkWeek Radio
Watch the SF 2016 Mayday rally and march live at: http://ilmlivestream.com
Date: May 1, 2016
Time zone: 11-2pm PST
Embed Code For SF May Day Broadcast for your website
By Eric Forman
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At the dawn of industrial capitalism, the protagonists of the workers’ movement saw in the ineluctable conflict between labor and capital a contradiction that would burst the integuments of class society asunder. Communism would enter the historical stage through the breach.
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Instead, a “negative dialectic” emerged, in which the contradictions of capitalism are sublimated and deferred into political mediation at the workplace and at the societal level through the institutions of trade unions and political parties, or submerged in bloody repression.
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Fascism, social democracy, state socialism, and corporate liberalism were political responses to the economic contradictions inherent in the capitalist mode of production in the first half of the twentieth century. They were granted political currency by the credible threat of communist revolution. All of these systems were ultimately unable to resolve the contradictions of capitalism and instead displaced them into repression and inter-imperialist war.
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The victory of the Allied powers in World War II was the victory of corporate liberalism and social democracy in the advanced capitalist core, and the victory of state socialism in large swaths of the periphery.
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In the period following World War II in the advanced capitalist core, labor unions developed into a pillar of a “social compromise” that granted “middle class” prosperity to a large proportion of the working class, and stability to the organizational form of the labor union assured by the capitalist state.
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The terms of the social compromise vary by country, but the contours of the agreement are always the same: labor peace and continued production in return for loyalty to the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie at the level of production in the form of acknowledgement of “management prerogative” in the production process, and acquiescence to the foreign policy dictates of transnational capital.
May 7th-8th – Paris, Place de la République
This meeting is intended for activists and citizens all over the world. Please fill out this document to inform us of your expectations and needs
FRIDAY NIGHT Greeting the international participants, presentation of the week-end’s program,
SATURDAY MORNING: International popular assembly
1/ Presentation of the week-end’s program, brief explanation of NuitDebout’s history
2/ Presentations by international militants to share their experiences and initiatives, open reactions from the Assembly
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: International solidarity and organization of #GlobalDebout (15th of May)
1/ Four workshops to debate initiatives, techniques and tools used in social movements tackling international questions. Particularly given the current environmental context, migration issues, a neo-capitalist economy, Tafta/TTIP, European treaties
1st group: « Resisting » Social Movements (ex: targeted actions, strikes, demonstrations, social media campaigns) This session will discus actions and tactics used by social movements, such as strikes, direct action, demonstrations, social media campaigns
2nd group: Alternative social movements (ex.: ZADs, squats, autonomous zones). This session will discuss models and how to build resilience, such as zadists, squatters, autonomous zones
3rd group: Effective social movements (ex.: popular initiatives, law proposals, citizen platforms, participatory democracy…)
4th group: Towards a transnational social movement? (e.g.: communication & social media as tools to expand our movements; the effects movements have on each other, as with 15M and Nuit Debout)
2/ Workshops: how can we think and organize the #GlobalDebout day on May 15th?
Strategy meetings to organize the decentralized mobilizations of May 15th: tactics, communication, content and action.
SATURDAY EVENING: Music, food & fun
SUNDAY : Debates and discussions relating to international themes
1/ Thematic assemblies and workshops organized by international and local groups and commissions of Paris Nuit Debout.
Themes suggested so far: shale gas, nuclear energy and the environment; wars, migrant crises and the European Union; austerity, poverty and the debt; Tafta; labor laws and labor market; neo-capitalism
2/ General assembly presenting Saturday’s conclusions
3/ Closing action (surprise !)
WE CALL FOR A #GLOBALDEBOUT DAY OF ACTION ON THE 15 OF MAY, 2016
We call on peoples movements across the world to mobilise for justice and real democracy on the 15 of May, 2016 for a #GLOBALDEBOUT. We invite you to come to Paris for an International Gathering of movements at Place de la Republic on May 7 and 8.
Today #46mars (April 15) is just two weeks after one million people mobilized in Paris and the movement Nuit Debout continues to grow. In numerous French and foreign cities, #Nuitdebout (Night on our Feet) is a light in the dark, it gives testimony to our hopes, dreams and common rebellions. Those who have taken the squares in the past and those who are taking them NOW: we know something is happening.
The struggle for a better world is Global and without boarders, let’s construct together a global spring of resistance! Join to us on May 7th and 8th in Paris at Place de Republique to debate, to share our experiences and to begin to construct together common solutions. There we will strategise and prepare for an International day of Action on MAY 15th (#76mars). On this date we will occupy, mobilise and take direct action together across the world.
Nuit Debout’s first aim is to create a space for the ‘convergence of stuggles’. We hope this convergence will go beyond France and spread worldwide. There exist numerous links between social movements in all four corners of the world; from unemployment to the imposition of the financial markets, from the destruction of the environment to war and unacceptable inequality.
In repsonse to a system based on competition and individualism, we answer with the solidarity, participatory democracy and collective action. Our differences are not a source of divisions, but rather our strength, as we complement each other struggles. We are neither listened nor represented by the current economic system.
Together we retake public space and politics because politics is a matter of all of us. Now is not the moment retreat, but to come together for change.
We are the 99 % and we are here to reject the financial and poltical rule of the 1 % and their world. We are here to take back our cities, our places of work and our lives.
On May 7th and 8th, let’s come together to Paris to the square of the Republic!
On the day of May 15 we will rise up together for a global day of action.
#NuitDebout everywhere! #GlobalDebout!
Athabasca University, Canada
The literature on globally networked learning environments (GNLEs) has predominantly focused on research or classroom partnerships in higher education that usually involve traditional students enrolled in traditional degree programmes. However, the driving motivation behind GNLEs – learning in partnership across institutional and national boundaries to address issues of globalization – also has significant relevance for global labour education. To what extent, then, are labour educators taking advantage of such partnered learning environments to learn with and from each other across national boundaries? In order to explore this issue, this article provides a historical overview of e-learning initiatives in labour education to identify the challenges labour educators may need to address in order to facilitate such partnered learning environments.
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by Kim Moody
University of Hertfordshire email@example.com
While, as Marx argued, periods of expanded accumulation present the best conditions for increasing working-class living standards, the expansion that began in 1982 was based in large part on the rapid fall in the value of labour-power in the US. This recovery and rapid rise in the rate of surplus-value in the US was enabled by the collapse of union-resistance beginning in 1979 and the strategic choices made by union-leaders across the economy from that time on. The expansion was sustained in the 1980s by dramatic work-reorganisation, enabled by the embrace of labour-management cooperation-schemes by much of the trade-union leadership, and the restructuring of several major industries that undermined the industry-wide bargaining on which rising postwar incomes had been based. Productivity, boosted by lean production-methods, would continue to outstrip real wages up until the ‘Great Recession’ of 2008 and resume again in the wake of a weak recovery in the US. The rapid geographic expansion of capital after 1990 provided new investment-possibilities, as did the explosion of fĳinancial instruments. What stands out, however, is that rising productivity, far from providing the basis for increases in working-class income, had become coupled with flat or declining real wages and a fall in the value of labour-power as the necessary condition to sustain almost any level of growth in the real economy. The link between productivity and wage-increases, central to Keynesian and institutional collective-bargaining theory, had been broken and Marx’s idea of the most favourable conditions stood on its head. The breaking of this link had, in the fĳinal analysis, been an outcome of class-struggle in which capital had the upper hand. All of this underlines the failed strategies and practices of most of the trade-union leadership in the US since 1979. New approaches to the workplace and broader forms of mobilisation will be needed. Signs of worker-resistance to the latest neoliberal clampdowns in Latin America, Europe, China, and even the US, however, may point to a renewed era of intensifĳied class-struggle.
Keywords: crisis, profĳit-rate, recession, surplus-value, union, resistance
Hatırlatma: Emeğin uzaktan kooperatif öz-eğitimi, İnternetten işçi üniversitesi NLU kooperatif toplantısı 21 Mayıs, 17:00
İnternet üzerinde kurulan uluslararası işçi ve emek üniversitesi NLU, kişi veya grup olarak kolektif öğrenme ve dayanışma kültürünü geliştirmeye ve yaymaya çalışan herkese açık evrensel bir platformdur. Dünyasal ağ-sendika GNUnion, emek araştırma birimi Networked Labour ve açık kaynak üretim-tüketim kooperatifi ağı GNLU ile entegre şekilde geliştirdiğimiz platform bir çok inisiyatif ile beraber kapitalizm dışı dünyaları inşa eden en alttakilerin güçlenmesi için çabalamaktadır. 7 Mayıs’daki açılış toplantısında güncellemeler hakkında bilgi aktarımında bulunmak, teknik ve örgütsel ilerleyişi değerlendirmek, ve platformun gelişimine yönelik enine boyuna fikir alış-verişinde bulunup kararlar almak üzere iki haftada bir toplanma fikri benimsenmiştir.
Nerede ve ne zaman:
Bir sonraki toplantı tarihi 21 Mayıs saat 17:00 (Türkiye saati ile) NLU e-kampüsü üzerinden çevirim içi olarak yapılacaktır!
İngilizce ve Türkçe yapılan toplantılara kooperatif platformun inşası için katkı sumak isteyen herkes katılabilir. Katılabilmek için aşağıdaki like tıklayıp kısa kayıt formunu doldurmanız gerekiyor. Siteye kayıt olmak için tıklayın
Toplantı sayfası: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=18
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Networked Labour University is designed as a co-operative educational module integral to a broader network consisting of Global Networked Labour Union, Networked Labour research unit and networked labour cooperative GNLU. Tied to a greater ecology of universal, free and open access community projects like Faircoop, the Earth Cooperative, all our projects aim mutual empowerment at the bottom level to build other worlds. Anyone can join and contribute by offering and taking courses, moderating circles or skill shares, helping out with web design, platform development, promotion, or any other way!
As it is decided at the opening meeting took place on May 7, we will be meeting every two weeks to coordinate the development and implementation of collectively generated cooperative ideas.
Minutes of the first meeting could be seen here: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/mod/lti/view.php?id=25
The date of the next coordination meeting will be held on Thursday 21 May, 16:00 CET.
The meetings are held on-line using free and open source software BigBlueButton that is accessed through NLU e-campus here:
In order to join the meeting you will need to register as user by clicking the above link and filling a short form:
Anyone who likes to engage and contribute the building of NLU cooperative learning platform is more then welcome!
In case you need do not hesitate to write to admin for support (firstname.lastname@example.org)
While we’re often told that the past holds lessons for how to approach the present, we rarely look to older technologies for inspiration. Rarer still is it to suggest that the historical experiences of less industrialized nations may have something to teach us about the technological problems of today — let alone that a decades-old socialist project might offer ways to think about technologies touted by Silicon Valley capitalists.
Yet a computing system built in socialist Chile in the 1970s — Project Cybersyn — offers inspiration on how we should be thinking about technology and data today.
Project Cybersyn was a bold technological project tied to a bold political project. It emerged in the context of Chile’s peaceful road to socialism: Salvador Allende had won the Chilean presidency in 1970 with a promise to build a fundamentally different society. His political program would make Chile a democratic socialist state, with respect for the country’s constitution and individual freedoms.
Giving the state control of Chile’s most important industries constituted a central plank of Allende’s platform, but created management difficulties. The government had limited experience in this area. Yet by the end of 1971, it had taken control of more than one hundred and fifty enterprises, among them twelve of the twenty largest companies in Chile.
Çevrimiçi ağdaşık-emek üniversitesi NLU (Networked Labour University) Bülteni No. 2 (Tr), 8-15 Mayıs 2015
Çevrimiçi ağdaşık-emek üniversitesi NLU (Networked Labour University) Bülteni No. 2 (Tr), 8-15 Mayıs 2015
– NLU Açılış toplantısı 7 Mayıs Perşembe günü yapıldı
– E-kampüste yerinizi alın, kendi platformunuzu tasarlayın!
– Kayıtları başlayan ve programda yer alan ilk kurslar
– NLU’ya ilk bağış FairCoop’dan 1000 FairCoin (dijital para)
- İnternet üzerinden ücretsiz öz-eğitim programına başlayan emek üniversitemiz açılış toplantısı 7 Mayıs’da yapıldı
Açılış toplantısında iki haftada bir güncellemeler hakkında bilgi aktarımı yapmak, teknik ve örgütsel uygulamaları değerlendirmek, ve platformun gelişimine yönelik fikir alış-verişinde bulunup kararlar almak üzere toplanma fikri benimsendi. Bir sonraki toplantı tarihi ise 21 Mayıs saat 17:00 (Türkiye saati ile) olarak belirlenmiştir!
Toplantılarımız platformumuzun inşası için katkı sumak isteyen herkese açıktır! Toplantı notlarına, gündem ve kararlara göz atmak için linke tıklayın: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/mod/lti/view.php?id=25
- Şimdi E-kampüsümüzde yerinizi alın, sistemi tanıyıp kendi platformunuzu tasarlayın!
NLU e-kampüsün kapıları koperatif dayanışma ekonomisi perspektifimizi paylaşan bireylerin, grupların, kolektif örgütsel çalışmalarına açılıyor…
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- NLU Opening Meeting took place on Thursday 7 May 2015
At the opening meeting, it is decided to hold bi-weekly meetings to exchange updates, discuss technical and organisational issues, and coordinate overall issued related to the platform development process. The date of the next meeting is 21 May at 16:00 CET (UTC+2). Anyone likes to engage and put a brick in the building of NLU cooperative learning platform is more than welcome! Agenda and decisions taken at the opening meeting can be read here: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/mod/lti/view.php?id=25
- Occupy your space to test our system, and learn how to build own!
Our e-campus opens its doors to individuals, groups, and communities that are sharing a co-operative and solidarity economy perspective. We invite you all to start experimenting with and exploiting the possibilities: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=9
Federating Moodle and Big Blue Button and using other plug-ins provided with the Moodle, NLU e-campus platform allows to run feeds from other websites and blogs, host social forums, embed external media, page and other tools (like pads and wikis) and give access to scheduled online classrooms on each spaces created on the e-campus. Together with other design and admin options the overall system becomes a weapon of mass-construction, for networking and organising.
NLU e-campus now gives access to individuals, groups and collective projects access to productive and creative collaborative tool-kit that enable users to schedule, assign and execute tasks collectively, to organise strategic exchanges, skill sharing meetings, press conferences, art shows, film screening, reading groups, educative or action oriented events in all forms in one big shared space.
The NLU e-campus is organised as for main spaces: the ‘Conference Halls‘ which is devoted to one time large events; the ‘Training Centre‘ which is reserved to various types of classes; the ‘Labour and Trade Unions Forum‘ which is built for the use of labour and union related events and debates; and finally ‘Open Spaces for Collaborations‘, the space created for the use of work groups, collectives, and collaborative -local or global- projects. If you like to reserve a space for your courses, events, or group’s meetings just send us an email and we will help you to create and manage it as you like! (admin email: email@example.com)
- Courses being scheduled and opened for enrolment
Besides the Study Circle rounds scheduled at 3rd and 10th of June, that were announced in the first bulletin, below classes are now open for the enrolment:
- Transformative Circles – One (En): Enrolment is open, starting date of the class will be decided with the course moderator (Anna Harrris) http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=6
- Crisis of the Global Labour Movement: Threat and Opportunity (En, Es): Enrolment is open, starting date of the class will be decided in conversation with the course tutor (Peter Waterman) http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=8
- Skill Sharing for workers on Internet, computers, social media communication and organising (Tr, En): Enrolment is open, sessions will start when sufficient amount of people enrol to the groups (Örsan Şenalp) http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=3
- Tektology Reading Group (En): Enrolment is open, sessions will start when sufficient amount of people enrol to the groups (Örsan Şenalp) http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=5
- Introduction to the Critique of Global Political Economy (Tr, En):Enrolments is open, courses starts in early September (Gürsan Şenalp) http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=4
- Study Circle on Digital Labour (Tr, En, NL): Enrolment is open, courses will start in September (Örsan Şenalp) http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=2
Register and Enrol: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/login/signup.php?
In order to enrol any classes or to apply for a space for the use of your organisation or groups, first you need to register as NLU user by clicking the above link and filling a short form. Then you will be able to get in touch with the course contact person. Write to admin for support (admin email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- NLU receives 1000 FairCoin donation from FairCoop’s campaign
Following its May Day launch, NLU started to accept donations in FairCoin, and the good news is that we did just receive the first donation from our sister cooperative-ecology Faircoop. See FariCoop campaign here: https://fair.coop/faircoop-donates-100-000-faircoins/
And to donate NLU, GNLU related projects via banktransfer you can use our CoopFunding campaign here: https://www.coopfunding.net/en/campaigns/global-networked-labour-union/
Networked Labour University
Networked Labour University is designed as an educational module to be integrated with a broader network composed of Global Networked Labour Union, Networked Labour Research unit, and networked labour coop GNLU. Tied to a greater ecology of universal, free and open access community projects, such as Faircoop, the Earth Cooperative, all our projects aim mutual empowerment at the bottom level. Unconditional empowerment of the dis-empowered, excluded, and oppressed with direct solidarity is the reason why we exist for. Our platform is designed to liberate knowledge from alienation and domination of any kind at the point of production and distribution. In order to enable money-free access to most essential cultural resources we rely on free/libre, open source software, but the platform also aims to facilitate broader solidarity economy by encouraging and enabling open-cooperative exchanges between participants.
Our invitation is an wide open one, anyone can join and contribute by offering and taking courses, moderating circles or skill shares, helping out with web design, platform development, promotion, or any other way!
Date: 7 May 2015
Time: 14.00 – 17.00 (ECT / UCT+1)
Check-ins (14:00 – 14:15)
Opening and presentation of the system (14:15 – 15:00)
Networked Labour University and Worker to Worker Study Circles
Discussion (15:15 – 16:45)
How to use cross-border communication and which digital tools to build commons knowledge, culture, politics, and economy for the classless society and from the oppressed point of view?
Closing and Check-outs (16:45 – 17:00)
Access: Participation is on-line, open and free. What you need to do to is to open an account on the website below and to selfenrol for the event before. Working languages are English/Turkish
Ağdaşık Emek Üniversitesi’nden Bilgilendirme ve Çağrı: 1 Mayıs 2015 ile İlk Ders Dönemi ve Kayıtlar Başladı! | Sosyal Ağ Sendikacılığı
AEÜ / ProletKult 2.0, Bülten, 1-7 Mayıs 2015
Sınıfsız toplumun kültürü ve bilgisi Örgüleme Aşamasında!
Ağdaşık Emek Üniversitesi (ProletKult 2.0) kişi veya grup olarak kolektif öğrenme ve dayanışma kültürü geliştirmeye olanak veren özgür ve açık erişime dayalı evrensel bir platformdur. Ezilen, mazlum, dışlanan ve yönetilenlerin kendilerini güçlendirebilmesi ve geliştirebilmesi için direk ve koşulsuz dayanışma platformumuzun varlık nedenidir. Dönüştürücü ve devrimci bir perspektifle bilgiyi her türlü yabancılaşmave baskıdan üretim ve dağıtım anında özgürleştirmek için açık kaynak ve özgür yazılım kullanarak elzem kaynaklara uzaktan üctersiz erişim sağlamak için geliştirdiğimiz üniversite biçimi aynı zamanda katılımcılar arasında parasız bir kooperatif paylaşım ekonomisini desteklemeyi hedeflemekte. Bu perspektifi paylaşan herkes ücretsiz ders alarak veya vererek, veya daha başka kooperatif ve açık kaynak paylaş ile destek sunabilir!
Tartışma – Bir Mayıs Evrensel İşçi Sınıfı Günü
Haymarket’den Soma’ya, Marikana’ya, Rana Plaza’ya ve Baltimor’a Bir Mayıs dünya işçileri için bugün ne anlam ifade ediyor?
Çevirimiçi Ağdaşık Emek Üniversitesi açılış toplantısı
Tarih:7 Mayıs 2015
Saat: 15:00-18:00 (Türkiye saati ile)
Açılış ve sistemin tanıtımı (15:15-16:00)
Ağdaşık Emek Üniversitesi ve işçiden-işçiye devre eğitimler
Dijital iletişim teknolojisi aracılığıyla sınırötesi iletişimin işçi perspektifinden bir ortak kültürün evrensel bilgisinin üretilmesinde ve bir Dünya İşçi Sınıfı oluşturmadaki rolü nedir: Hangi araçlarla, neyin bilgisi, ve nasıl bir kültür?
Çıkışlar ve Kapanış (17:45-18:00)
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[The following is extracted from Niklas Schrape’s “Gaia’s Game”, found in Afterlives of Systems]
There exists a curious tension between Latour’s reading of the Gaia hypothesis and Lovelock’s own wording that makes one wonder if they are actually writing about the same thing. This disparity might be explained by the development of cybernetic thought itself: Lovelock developed his original hypothesis under the influence of what has been called first-order cybernetics. He doesn’t refer to the concept of recursion by von Foerster or the one of autopoiesis by Maturana & Varela – and neither does Latour. But as Bruce Clark points out, the Gaia hypothesis does indeed incorporate concepts of second-order cybernetics:
Simply put, first-order cybernetics is about control; second-order cybernetics is about autonomy. (…) Unlike a thermostat, Gaia – the biosphere or system of all ecosystems – sets its own temperature by controlling it. (…) In second-order…
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It is by no accident that the theme of the “Eternal Network” emerged in the ferment of the 1960s and the dawning of the 1970s. It was precisely in this time that the concepts of post-industrialization were first coming into vogue, mobilized by the massive government investment into scientific and technological research during and following the events of World War 2. This collision of science and the demands of war had produced remarkable advancements in computational technology, and also catalyzed rapid evolutions in automated machinery, theories of behavior and cognition, the biological sciences, the studies of servomechanisms and feedback loops, and increased possibilities for large-scale telecommunication systems. Coupled with a relatively high level of economic affluence produced by the quasi-Keynesian capitalism promoted by Roosevelt’s New Deal, Kennedy’s New Frontier, and Johnson’s Great Society, as well as the new political consciousness spawned by the…
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After its launch yesterday, on 1 May 2015, we are happy to announce that the Networked Labour University (ProletKult 2.0) and its sister projects; co-operations research unit NetworkedLabour.net (http://www.networkedlabour.net/), Global Networked Labour Union (https://gnunion.wordpress.com/), and Social Network Unionism Project (http://www.snuproject.wordpress.com/) are accepting donations in Faircoin to following wallet address: fSUf2gJmo4G2nr7AwbjWFyXMjDgA5D4o9g
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P2P and Commons Critique of Great Transformation: From Industrial Disciplinary Global Capitalism to Trans-Human Zombie Informationalism
This post is about the opening of an Co-operations Research Unit on Networked Labour University (http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle), where peers can co-operate by setting-up online regular meetings, drawing maps, sharing files and other materials, etc. to co-ordinate their communication in organised and networked research and action groups. Anyone could easily join in and build such work groups in this broad open and collaborative knowledge and culture production space.
First reseach work is set-to form an Co-Operative Research Agenda and Curriculum to feed in open courses and educative activities that will be provided via NLU, as well as creative actions in the real world. The work group is initially titled as:
‘P2P and Commons Critique of Great Transformation: From Industrial Disciplinary Global Capitalism to Trans-Human Zombie Informationalism’
Co-laborateriat Wiki on Networked Labour website is dedicated to this aim: http://www.networkedlabour.net/wiki/collaboretariat/
This wiki will regularly be harmonised with the page previously configured on the P2P-Foundation’s website:
Looking forward to collaborate, so any comment, critics, suggestion, and modification is more then welcome!
Networked Labour University is a universal, free and open access platform that allows collective learning for individuals and groups. Unconditional empowerment of the disempowered, excluded, and oppressed with direct solidarity is the reason we exist for. Based on a transformatory and emancipatory perspective the platform is designed to liberate knowledge from alienation and domination of any kind, at the point of production and distribution. We use free/libre, open source software is to enable money-free access to most essential cultural resources. The platform is being developed to facilitate broader solidarity economy by encouraging and enabling open-cooperative exchanges between participants. Anyone can join us and contribute by offering and taking courses, moderating circles or skill shares, helping with web design and platform development or in any other way!
Michel Bauwens, peer-to-peer activist and founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation, has a new book out, in French, entitled Saving the World: Towards a post-capitialist society with peer-to-peer. In the book Michel, with his collaborator Jean Lievens, argues that a new distributed and de-centralised economic model is necessary to shake up the world and drive us towards a post-capitalist society. In a wide-ranging, impassioned and ambitious, perhaps idealistic, diagramming of a new mode of living and working Bauwens reaches for a different way of performing economics and the political.
The book has a preface by Bernard Stiegler that has been shared on the Peer-to-Peer Foundation website and so I have translated it. I have offered this to the foundation and I would be pleased if it is of use to them or to anyone else. The copyright of the text remains under the license attributed to the original book.
To Bauwens, M. and Lievens, J. 2015. Sauver le monde. Vers une société post-capitaliste avec le peer-to-peer, Editions Les Liens Qui Libèrent. [Saving the World: Towards a post-capitalist society with peer-to-peer]
Over the course of the next twenty years, automation will instigate the decline of a society founded on salaried jobs: 49% of jobs will disappear in the United States, 43% in Great Britain, 50% in Belgium, 56% in Italy and Poland. This huge transformation, resulting from the integration of digital automation, constitutes the horizon for the argument put forward here by Michel Bauwens. He has studied and promoted the new model of production made possible by digital technologies and founded in peer-to-peer relations, which thereby surpasses the proletarianisation that has hitherto been the basis for industrial capitalism – here, proletarianisation principally signifies the loss of knowledge.