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"Encouragingly, these somber perspectives are already stimulating a purposeful sense of urgency amongst a commons movement that refuses to be a passive actor in an “end of history” gone wrong. "

Better late than never! 2016 has been widely acknowledged as a difficult year, and although we’ve had our share of hardship, it turned to be a very productive period for the P2P Foundation and the wider P2P/Commons community. Check out our annual overview on the link below, it's full of links and resources describing our work and what's going on in the movement in general.


2016 has been widely acknowledged as difficult year but it turned to be a very productive period for the P2P Foundation and the wider P2P/Commons community.
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Stacco Troncoso presents the P2P Foundation's work as a digital community researching and advocating for the P2P/Commons movement.
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Digital Generative economies and the new guilds: A conversation between Michel Bauwens and Douglas Rushkoff. Check out this podcast discussion where Bauwens and Rushkoff discuss finance, value, business and the Commons from a historical perspective. The post also features timecodes for the conversation and additional links.


An audio conversation between Michel Bauwens and Douglas Rushkoff covering finance, the commons how to replace the extractive economy with generative models
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Let’s engage in a way to produce goods and create value that is free, fair, and sustainable! What is peer production and commons economics? More importantly, how can they help bring about a thriving economy that work for people and planet?

Here are 10 ideas for action to create a more free, fair and sustainable economy: 1. Practice open business models based on shared knowledge; 2. Practice Open Cooperativism; 3. Practice open value or contributory accounting; 4. Insure fair distribution and benefit-sharing through CopyFair licensing; 5. Practice solidarity and mitigate the risks of work and life through “commonfare” practices; 6. Use open and sustainable designs for an open source circular economy; 7. Move toward mutual coordination of production through open supply chains and open book accounting; 8. Practice cosmo-localization; 9. Mutualize physical infrastructures; 10. Mutualize generative capital

Read the article below for further explanations and in-depth resources.


What is peer production and commons economics? More importantly, how can they help bring about a thriving economy that work for people and planet?
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We're All In This Together: The Commons, the Collaborative Economies and the Digital Communities
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Taking the power back – and not being afraid to use it:

"We were simply blown away by the political savviness and clear headedness of the people working in Barcelona city hall. Those present at the event were fully cognizant of the ills of our current socio-economic system as well as the ongoing co-opting of supposedly disruptive innovations by vested interests. The officials present were far more interested in listening to activists and Commons advocates than tooting their own horns. Equally impressive – now that these 15-M seasoned city officials have taken power, they are not coy about using it to truly revolutionize the way we produce, own, and govern our lives. Barcelona city hall is listening to the citizenry and ready to prioritize their needs. Barcelona leads – let’s all follow."

This is an in-depth article by the Commons Transition team on PROCOMUNS, a three day event held in Barcelona focused on the Commons Collaborative Economy, Public Policy and Decentralized Technologies.
In Procomuns 2016 it is well understood that the “Sharing Economy” is a flawed model, while the Commons Collaborative Economy is a totally different game.
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How did a bunch of 15M activists form an electoral coalition which, after lagging in the polls, finally had a breakthrough victory? A win that shatters the chronic neoliberal narrative and forges an alternative path bearing little resemblance to the Brexits, the Trumps, to all that we’ve been conditioned to endure, if not expect.

A few months ago, Stacco Troncoso (P2P Foundation) interviewed Ahora Madrid's Victoria Anderica and Miguel Arana. They spoke at length about citizen participation, transparency, the Commons, a 60 million-euro participatory budget, the persistent misunderstanding that Podemos equals Ahora Madrid or Barcelona en Comú, how to bring “open source logics” to city governance, and the difficulties of institutional encroachment for those used to consensus-oriented assembly spaces. Check it out in the link below.


How do you win an election? According to Ahora Madrid’s activist councillors, the key is keeping it real - with real openness and participation.
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Solidarity in Brussels: The voices of the European Commons Assembly:

"These are people who have stopped waiting for permission, who are passionate about their local and global environments; people who generate more than they extract; are living their lives for the sake of the whole; who are affective labourers"

Read our report on the recent European Commons Assembly, written by Sophie Jerram.

Link: http://commonstransition.org/solidarity-in-brussels-the-voices-of-the-european-commons-assembly/ 
On Wednesday 16th November about 100 commoners were swarming outside the doors of the European Parliament for the first European Commons Assembly.
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How to unify commons based projects into a self-organised solidarity economy:

This report, written by Christian Siefkes, Johannes Euler and Gunter Kramp, showcases an idea for unifying commons-based projects in a self-organised solidarity economy that’s easy and convenient to join. This full report addresses the following questions:

- How is it possible to create connections between commons-based projects that facilitate horizontal and vertical cooperation between them and that encourage the formation of more and more such projects?
- Which kinds of structures allow people to organise most or all aspects of life according to commons principles, while keeping the barriers to entry low? (Some intentional communities succeed at the first task, but their barriers to entry are high.)
- How can such projects be made attractive enough that more and more people want to get involved and so that more and more of their needs can be satisfied in this way?
An idea for unifying commons-based projects in a self-organised solidarity economy that’s both easy and convenient to join.
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P2P movement is building the world it wants within the confines of the fragmented world it wants to transcend. A poem.
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How can the social justice impasse be overcome beyond these small internet freedom circles?

"First, academics, public intellectuals, mainstream journalists and others have a crucial part to play in exploring the relationship between freedom in its various forms – including its technological dimensions – and social justice. They should do this through evidence-based public discussions across a range of media and physical settings, taking care not to assume that Silicon Valley’s venture capitalism is the only technological business model available to us. Second, we must start thinking of what a post-venture capitalism age of socio-technical innovation might look like, and how it could contribute to democratic renewal in different cultural contexts. Third, it is amply clear by now that the so-called digital divide cannot be bridged through technological means alone, as it must be understood within broader systems of entrenched social and economic exclusion. Digital rights are not only human rights, as we often hear in net freedom circles: digital rights are social rights."


What role have internet freedom technologists played in the global struggles for progressive political change and social justice?
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"In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called." ~ Buckminster Fuller ~