Schlagwort: peer-production

Dedicated to 1st of may: Do we need to »work«?

There is an interesting debates in the oekonux mailinglist about work, market, money and exchange. I cut out some snippets and re-post them here. It is from a discussion between Diego Saravia from Argentina and me, which starts from the question if (the today existence of) money coerces people to work.

Diego wrote:

money is not the reason for coercion, is only a mechanism

the logic of coercion is far more profound than money

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How does social change happen?

Great talk of Michel Bauwens at pixelACHE festival 2009, taking place from 2nd to 5th of April in Helsinki. He discusses traditional socialist theory and compares it with his P2P-approach of change giving a fairly good analysis.

As a conclusion he describes his vision in two scenarios: The so called »high road« is a hope of implementing a kind of a green capitalism adopting mechanisms of peer production, leaded und supported by the Obama administration. The second »low road« scenario is a rather dark one assuming that there will be no change from top down and all change only comes from bottom up, which implies that during the decline of capitalism these grassroot initiatives are predominantly »resilient communities« securing their immediate means of live.

Alternative Economy Cultures PART 2 from pixelACHE festival.

ox4 Notes II: Open Hardware Challenges and Ambitions

A RonjaThis post continues my coverage of the Fourth Oekonux Conference. Johan Söderberg talked about the Czech open hardware project Ronja. RONJA was developed to provide a cheap, easily producible alternative to Wi-Fi, allowing wireless data transmission between computers. Amazingly, Ronjas use visible light for data transmission, but they are quite fast (10 MBit/s) and allow reliable point-to-point data transmissions, except in case of fog.

The goal of the Ronja project was not only to build affordable open hardware for data transmission, but also to allow the creation of anonymous, censorship-proof networks that can’t be controlled by companies or the state. All design information has been published under the GNU Free Documentation License. The Ronja hardware was sufficiently successful to be employed not only by private people, but also by companies.

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Vortrag auf Anarchistischen Kongress

Logo des Anarchistischen KongressÜber Ostern findet in Berlin der Anarchistische Kongress statt. Ich werde dort am Karfreitag (10.4.) um 14 Uhr einen Vortrag zum Thema »Beitragen statt Tauschen – Commons und Peer-Produktion als Grundlagen einer nichtkapitalistischen Gesellschaft« halten. Der Vortrag wird wahrscheinlich ähnlich wie mein WAK-Vortrag im Februar ausfallen – wer den verpasst hat, hat jetzt also eine Chance zum Nachholen.

Der Kongress findet auf dem Gelände der Technischen Universität (Straße des 17. Juni) statt, einen Lageplan gibt es im Programmheft (PDF). Als Anarchisten würde ich mich ja eher nicht bezeichnen, da mir der Anarchismus übertrieben staats- und politikfixiert und auf dem wirtschaftlichen Auge meist ziemlich blind zu sein scheint, aber im Kongressprogramm wird sicher noch die eine oder andere interessante Veranstaltung zu finden sein.

Notes from the Fourth Oekonux Conference I

ox4 conference logoFrom March 27th to 29th, the Fourth Oekonux Conference (announcement) took place in Manchester. It was great to meet some nice people again and to meet many nice and interesting people for the first time (in real life, that is, since I knew many participants already from virtual communications and it was a good experience to finally meet them in person).

Here are some quick notes which I wrote down during the conference sessions and polished and extended a bit afterwards.

During the first day, I didn’t took many notes, since I was busy as session helper (moderating the discussions and so on). Stefan Merten talked about Current limitations of peer production, and ideas on how to overcome them. Since Stefan doesn’t like the idea of social agreements between producers which might involve a coupling between giving and taking (as I discuss in my book), he is stuck with having to hope for technical solutions. Computers are machines for making perfect copies of digital goods, and Stefan hopes for machines can take make perfect copies of physical goods—the old Replicator dream.

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Gemeingüter-Buch erschienen – Buchvorstellung am Montag

Buchcover: Wem gehört die Welt?Das von Silke Helfrich editierte Buch »Wem gehört die Welt? Zur Wiederentdeckung der Gemeingüter« ist jetzt erschienen. Die Buchvorstellung findet am Montag (23. März) um 19.30 Uhr in der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Schumannstraße 8) in Berlin statt.

Das Buch (PDF) ist, wie mir scheint, sehr imposant geworden, mit Beitragen von Yochai Benkler, David Bollier, Petra Buhr (Netzwerk Freies Wissen), Elinor Ostrom, Richard Stallman, Sunita Narain, Ulrich Steinvorth, Peter Barnes, Oliver Moldenhauer (Ärzte ohne Grenzen), Pat Mooney und vielen anderen. Ein besonderes Anliegen des Buches ist es, die Bewegungen der »geistigen Gemeingüter« (Freie Software, Freies Wissen, Freie Kultur…) und der »natürlichen Gemeingüter« (Umwelt- und Naturschutz, Ernährungssouveränität etc.) in ihren gemeinsamen Perspektiven zu zeigen und miteinander ins Gespräch zu bringen – momentan fehlt es an Kontakten und Anknüpfungspunkten zwischen diesen Bewegungen, obwohl jeweils das eine ohne das andere keinen Sinn ergibt.

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Oekonux Conference Schedule V1.0

4th Oekonux ConferenceVersion 1.0 of the 4th Oekonux Conference program has been released. 26 speakers cover a wide range of topics from immaterial to material peer production and theory to practice. As far as titles of the speeches are given — a very interesting program!

The 4th Oekonux Conference is organized by Oekonux project in cooperation with P2P Foundation and takes place in Manchester (UK) from 27th to 29th of march 2009. Conference organizers ask for registration, which would help to prepare the conference.

The question of transition and the role of money

A paragraph of my previous post about an article from Michel Bauwens in we_magazine lead to heavy reactions of Michel, cross-posted here and in Oekonux mailing list. Since some posts only go to the mailing list, I re-publish one of my responses here again. Here we go:

Hi Michel,

I try to answer your questions as best as I can, but I also take the freedom to question your questions, because they base on assumptions I don’t share.

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Open Design and Open Manufacturing

we_magazineMichel Bauwens from P2P-Foundation recently published an interesting article in the new we_magazine (=>Manifesto) summing up current developments in peer production. After explaining the most important aspects of immaterial peer production he discusses the differences when coming to material production. The first expansion step into the sphere of material production is the opening of the design process.

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