Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

P2P Foundation and The Conversation, October 18, 2017  By Vasilis Kostakis  Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed …

Re-imaging Politics through the Lens of the Commons

By David Bollier, P2P Foundation.  This essay of mine appeared on September 21 at journal-e, published by the 21st Century Global Dynamics website, UC Santa Barbara. The rise of so many right-wing nationalist movements around the world—Brexit, Donald Trump, the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, anti-immigrant protests throughout Europe—have their own distinctive origins and contexts, to be sure. But in the aggregate, they are evidence …

Why ubiquitous broadband and green ICT go hand-in-hand

Utility/Smart City Dive, By Charles Despins, 15 Aug 2017 Editor’s Note: This piece was written by Charles Despins, co-chair of IEEE Green ICT Initiative. The opinions represented in this piece are independent of Smart Cities Dive’s views. Today, efforts to create “smart communities” bring critical trends, too often considered as unrelated, into sharper focus. However, the solutions to all of these trends – including …

How can we take control of the resources we need to survive?

By Anna Coote, New Economics Foundation Should resources essential for human survival be placed in the control of the people who need them? What would this mean in practice – and how could it be achieved? At the New Economics Foundation we are opening up a broad debate about the control of ‘the commons’ – the resources we rely upon …

Patterns of Commoning: OpenCourseWare and Open Education

P2P Foundation, September 4, 2017  Commons Strategies Group  Mary Lou Forward: While the world has become increasingly digital, most formal educational systems have not taken full advantage of what the new technologies can provide. – books, articles, databases, videos and other curricular materials. By using open networks and open content, Open Education also lets students and teachers separated by great distances interact with …

9 Awesome Urban Commons Projects in Ghent

P2P Foundation, August 28, 2017   Mai Sutton: Urban commons initiatives are booming in the Belgian city of Ghent, according to a new report. One of the researchers behind the study, Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation, says that “the ecosystem of commons-based initiatives in Ghent is quite exemplary precisely because it covers an ecosystem in an area that requires a lot of …

Collaborative mapping enables residents to own and shape the places they live. Making urban data actionable and accessible for normal citizens can trigger a creative practice of joint care of public spaces and make cities more livable

Excerpt from City as Commons from Flint to Italy, August 2017 Data needs to be broken down into digestible bits of information, and the map is a crucial tool in doing that. The mapping interface allows people to make sense of complex information, to visualize vacant lots and fruit trees in the city. It creates a new reality in our minds. …