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.
Silvia Díaz Molina is an anthropologist specialized in Gender Studies and a social researcher seeking to ground her work in more humane and sustainable organisations. She has experience in development cooperation and has been involved in different NGO projects giving awareness-raising workshops. Elena Martínez Vicente is a product designer, specialized in designing better processes and […]
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 […]
Michel Bauwens interviews Dirk Holemans to explore how freedom, security and a new social contract could take place in the age of precarity.
Michel Bauwens documents the emergence and growth of the Commons in Ghent and suggests the bests public policies to support commons-based initiatives.
Jessica Gordon Nembhard lays out the vision for a 21st century Cooperative Commonwealth characterised by interlocking ownership and solidarity structures.
Can Commons and P2P practices offer viable solutions for our present and future social, political and ecological crises? This is the story of how it's done.
This short primer explains the Commons and P2P, how they interrelate and how a Commons transition could to reinvigorate work, politics, production, and care.