This book followed especially naturally from the Occupy one, Thank You, Anarchy. After the protests died down in 2012 and 2013, I started noticing that some of the activists I’d been following got involved in cooperative businesses. The first business I know of that started at Occupy Wall Street was a worker co-op print shop. Other people were helping create co-ops in areas of New York hit by Hurricane Sandy. There was this euphoria about the idea of co-ops among many of these people—a way of earning a livelihood while retaining the democratic values of the protests. I experienced a bit of that euphoria myself, which turned to a more serious fascination as I realized how long and deep this cooperative tradition has been.
P2P Foundation founder Michel Bauwens in conversation with economics professor and coordinator of the Italian node of commonfare.net project, Andrea Fumagalli. Michel Bauwens: One of the early influences of the P2P Theory building which is at the basis of the work of the P2P Foundation, was the school of cognitive capitalism, with authors like Yann […]
Professor and economist Rajani Kanth is currently undertaken a series of interviews with thinkers about social change, including herewith P2P Foundation founder Michel Bauwens. This is one of the longer interviews that gives a good idea of the current state of thinking at the P2P Foundation.
A report examining the rise of the urban commons as both a bottom-up emergence by citizens/commoners and a radical municipal administrative configuration.
Michel Bauwens documents the emergence and growth of the Commons in Ghent and suggests the bests public policies to support commons-based initiatives.
Digital Generative Economies and the New Guilds: A Conversation between Michel Bauwens and Douglas Rushkoff
An audio conversation between Michel Bauwens and Douglas Rushkoff covering finance, the commons how to replace the extractive economy with generative models