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"There is not true democracy without economic democracy, and the fight for economic rights goes hand in hand with the fight for political and civil rights."
In this Commons Transition Special Report, Jessica Gordon Nembhard lays out the vision for a 21st century Cooperative Commonwealth characterised by interlocking ownership and solidarity structures. Here are some more extracts:
"By solidarity system, I mean a non-hierarchical, non-exploitative, equitable set of economic relationships and activities geared toward the grassroots—that’s of the people (people before profit), indigenous, participatory, based on human needs, humane values, and ecological sustainability."
"We also need to change our focus from a consumer society to a producer society— producing goods and services to satisfy needs not for mere consumption, and not for profit solely."
"Everyone will be held accountable to the public good; competition will be about providing for the common good and solving problems in ways that benefit the most people in the best ways."
Read the full report on the link below:

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Today Sunday we organize a workshop at #OSCEdays called

Go to their website and learn about circular economy. It has a lot to do with the Commons perspective

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Great and very relevant interview

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“In 2011, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was not Donald Trump, but the protester. This marked the apex of media-visibility for the networked movements demanding attention by standing their ground and announcing their presence through encampments, which provided a compact mass of human profiles against a mainstream media-friendly backdrop.

Think of a sugar cube. Held in your hand it is compact, with a recognizable shape and texture, easy to measure and describe. Drop the sugar cube into a coffee cup and stir that around. Magic! The cube has disappeared. But take a sip and you’ll agree that the flavor has changed.

In a nutshell, this describes the argument that the 15-M/Occupy/Syntagma/various local movements are alive and well, albeit in distributed and less immediately apparent ways. For those willing to look, their effects are readily identifiable. Remember that not even six years have passed since the occupations; this isn’t a tale of hippies turning into yuppies. This is the story of a movement that refuses to take the news of its own demise as a binding contract.”

This article tells the story of a new way of doing politics distinct from the hierarchical, patriarchal political “options” of the present (your neoliberals, your Trumps or your verticalist left). It is the story of a P2P/Commons politics born out out of street protest movements and solidarity economics which has been able to gain power in a number of cities worldwide. But can this new P2P politics be taken to the next level? We argue that not only it can, but it may one of the most viable options to survive as a species and restore our relation to the planet.

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“Commons Transition and P2P: a Primer” is a collaborative work involving the P2P Foundation’s Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis, Ann Marie Utratel and Stacco Troncoso. It synthesizes more than 10 years of the P2P Foundation’s work in documenting, observing and promoting commons-oriented P2P dynamics, presented in an accessible way, with a friendly and visual style. We hope you have the time to read it, share it, and tell us what you think.

“This short primer, co-published with the Transnational Institute explains the Commons and P2P, how they interrelate, their movements and trends, and how a Commons transition is poised to reinvigorate work, politics, production, and care, both interpersonal and environmental. Drawing from our ten year + history researching and advocating for P2P/Commons Alternatives, the Primer is structured in a Q and A format, providing answers to questions such as “What are the Commons, what is P2P and how do they relate together?” “What are P2P Economics?” “What are P2P Politics?” and, more important, how these different factors can combine together at higher levels of complexity to form a viable transition strategy to solid post-capitalist system that is respectful of people and planet.”

You can also watch a short promo video on the Primer here:

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"For some people, the objective of a progressive politics should essentially be the rebuilding of the welfare state. We should never forget, however, that the common was perverted by the state and that the latter now seeks above all to reduce the scope of welfare and to adapt it to the constraints of competitiveness. The social (welfare) state negates the common as the co-activity of the members of society. Its social protection and economic redistribution is granted in return for the abandonment of any real economic citizenship within the enterprise and submission to the most pitiless norms of new forms of organization of work. Therefore, any politics of the common should first aim to return the control of the institutions of reciprocity and solidarity to society."

Martin O’Shaughnessy summarizes Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval´s nine propositions on how to build the political commons at the global level

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Two movements mesh cooperative traditions with the digital revolution: Platform Cooperativism, and Open Cooperativism. How do they relate?

These are question we get asked regularly: What’s Open Cooperativism and what distinguishes it from Platform Cooperativism, how are they related, etc? The P2P Foundation team has been thinking hard about this question in order to communicate what Open Coops can offer, and how they can work together with Platform Cooperativism to create future-proof economic spaces. This article is the result of of that.

“The best way to characterize this fit is to put Platform and Open Coops along a continuity. To the immediate question of urgency (defense against the ravages of Silicon Valley’s digital neo-feudalism), we say Platform Coops. To the broader question of building a resilient future, e.g. “what economy do we want?”, we say Open Cooperativism. One tactic pushes forward supported by a thriving and expanding community; the other pulls, as an attractor, towards a more humane economy.”


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Spanish economist Susana Martin Belmonte’s work is nothing less than groundbreaking. Among other things, she deals with the emergence of the pro-sumer class, P2P production and distribution, the Commons, and the potential of social and alternative currencies at the macro-scale and State level — not just in isolated pockets. Unfortunately, her work is not widely available in English and she’s not very well known outside Spain. To change that, here’s an interview conducted by the P2P Foundation’s Stacco Troncoso for the “100 Women Co-creating P2P Society” series. Please read and share! Here’s an excerpt:

“Abundance is a new economic frame in which scarcity cannot be preserved. Economics used to be about managing scarce resources, but scarcity has turned out to be not a condition to overcome, but the Holy Grail to access monetary wealth for some. Meanwhile, it overlooks other types of scarcity, like our capacity to pollute the air without destroying the planet.

There is no economic value without scarcity. But scarcity is dying in the highest levels of innovation, in the very heart of the digital revolution. For the first time, the evolution of the economic system is not leading to higher productivity or sales, but just the opposite.”

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