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Book of Peer Production

Journal of Peer ProductionThe Book of Peer Production has been released as a special edition of Journal of Peer Production. It consists of papers written by presenters at the Peer Production-track at the Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) in Göteborg 2014. It is cool, that all content in the book is in the public domain.

Johan Söderberg and Mathieu O’Neil explain: „In fact, the commons and peer production are two names for describing the same thing: a particular kind of labour relation. This labour relation is predicated on voluntary participation and the self-selection of tasks.“ — This is exactly what I mean by the commons as being a new elementary form (as used by Marx) of social production opposed to the commodity form.

These are the articles of the book: (mehr …)

A Commons Guide for the 4th International Degrowth Conference

degrowthThis is an incomplete collection of commons-related events at the 4th International Degrowth Conference in Leipzig, which will start on September 2. There will be an enormous number of parallel events, sessions and workshops during the 3 main conference days. So, if you want to find commons-related events, the following might be useful for you. We gathered information in English and German for panels and workshops prepared by commoners or where commoners participate. Moreover, You are also invited to one (or two?) network meetings of commoners.

We are thrilled that the Degrowth Conference goes beyond the degrowth movement and opens a space to discuss commonalities and differences with other movements. So,let’s make the commons visible at the conference and use this awesome opportunity to plan for our next steps. Maybe in a not so far future, the Commons Movement will organize a movement congress as well. Leipzig might be an example.

Read more at the CommonsBlog…

Sadly, my own event collides with a scheduled networking meeting among commoners and also several other commons-related events. There is just too much going on in parallel 🙁

Poppy – Open Source Humanoid Robot

Designed by the Flowers Lab at Inria Bordeaux and Ensta ParisTech (France) Poppy is an affordable and hackable humanoid robot for science, education, art and geeks. Both software and hardware are available under an open source licence.

Capital(ism) for the Commons?

Michel Bauwens answered to the critique of Stefan Meretz on Peer Production License. Jakob Rigi from Hungary enters the debate commenting on both positions. They are documented in the following. My answer on both, Michel and Jakob, is using italics.

Michel Bauwens: Responding to Stefan Meretz’s critique of the Peer Production License

Stefan Meretz produced a critique of the Peer Production License, or more generically, Commons-Based Reciprocity Licenses, in the Keimform blog, to which I promised to respond.

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Open Source Beehives

There is a huge need for research on the causes of bee deaths. Open Source Beehives is a project to monitor and track the health and behavior of bee colonies. Watch the really cool video and the further video below.

From the project description: (mehr …)

What is the FLOK-Society?

Rosa Roig interviews Michel Bauwens, research director for FLOKSociety.org. FLOKSociety is a research project for the government of Ecuador that aims to create a policy and legal framework for the transition towards a social knowledge economy or a „open commons-based knowledge society“. The FLOKSociety.org project is a cooperation between the Coordinating Ministry of Human Talent and Knowledge, SENESCYT and the IAEN postgraduate institute for public servants, where the project team is located. See also the Open Letter to Commoners (EN|DE).

Socialist Licenses?

[Diesen Text gibt es auch auf deutsch]

[This text was also published at TripleC]

Michel Bauwens has made a proposal for a „median choice of socialist licenses“ which is based on the Copyfarleft-License of Dymtri Kleiner. In this post I try to critically analyze his proposal.

At the beginning Bauwens‘ thesis is: „the more communistic the sharing license we use, the more capitalistic the practice“. Being a prominent example the GNU GPL is called a „communist license“. Is there something in that?

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How do we achieve commons-oriented phase transition?

[Es gibt diesen Text auch auf deutsch (ab 9.2.)]

A proposal by Michel Bauwens

Today we have a paradox, the more communistic the sharing license we use, the more capitalistic the practice, with the Linux commons becoming a corporate commons enriching IBM and the like … It works in a certain way, and seems acceptable to most free software developers, but is it the only way.

Hence, an alternative, having the choice not just for non-reciprocal communist licenses such as the GPL, but introducing a median choice of socialist licenses, based on reciprocity.

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