Head of Research
Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, organizing major global conferences on the commons and its economics. In the first semester of 2014, Michel Bauwens was research director of the floksociety.org research group, which produced the first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador, in order to create a ‘social knowledge economy’, with fifteen associated policy papers.
Researcher: Cooperative-Commons Convergence, Civil Society
John Restakis was past Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association in Vancouver, a position he held since 1998. His professional background includes community organizing, adult and popular education, and co-op development.
In addition to his role within the co-op movement of BC, he does consulting work on international co-op development projects, researches and teaches on co-operative economies and the social economy, and lectures widely on the subject of globalization, regional development and alternative economics.
Researcher: Commons-oriented Productive Capacities
George Dafermos is an Internet researcher and copyleft activist affiliated with the P2P Foundation. He holds a PhD in Technology Policy and Management from Delft University of Technology and is an internationally recognised expert on issues related to the digital commons, peer production, open/user innovation, online communities and new organisational structures enabled by the Internet. His personal website is accessible here.
Researcher: Commons Infrastructure for Collective Life
Janice Figueiredo is a Brazilian commons activist. She worked for 20 years at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), primarily as IT Project Manager in Washington, DC, USA, where she led the development of institutional IT projects in a multi-cultural environment, and audited the IT activities of several Latin-American Country Offices of the institution. From 1997 until 2009 she was in charge of the Information Technology activities of IADB’s Office in Europe (based in Paris).
Since 2009 she has directed her research toward areas of collective intelligence, collaborative movements, P2P dynamics, the Commons, the open and sharing society, social business, complementary currencies, sustainable development and poverty reduction, with particular interest in exploring alternative models to the conventional economic paradigms based on centralization and scarcity.
Researcher: Commons-oriented Techno-social Infrastructures
Vasilis Kostakis is Senior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. He is also Founder of the interdisciplinary research hub P2P Lab and longtime collaborator of the P2P Foundation. Kostakis publishes and consults governments and organisations on the political economy of the commons; technology governance; innovation policy and sustainability; desktop manufacturing; digital currencies; and constructionist learning. His work combines theoretical sensitivity with action research and fieldwork, aiming at understanding phenomena from an insider’s perspective.