Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens is the Founder of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of commons-based peer production, governance, and property.

Ship of Fools by Bosch

The Great Awakening: Excerpt

It is these commons-based transformations that allow overshooting systems to find new ways to work within the biocapacity of their own regions.

February 5, 2021

Ghent from above

“Every Time a Civilization is in Crisis, There is a Return of the Commons”

The commons are nothing new. Historically citizens always came together to pool resources and manage them collectively and autonomously. It is the responsibility of cities and states to identify, connect and support them. Today the commons appear as a choice of society in a world at the end of its lifespan.

October 29, 2019


P2P Accounting for Planetary Survival

Why should you read this latest report of the P2P Foundation, and why does it matter?

Our inspiration comes from the great synthesis provided by Kate Raworth in her book, Doughnut Economics, which graphically presents the great question of our age: can we produce for human needs, without exceeding planetary boundaries?

August 27, 2019

Commons Manifesto

Peer-to-Peer: A Commons Manifesto

Peer to peer (P2P) is a type of social relations in human networks, as well as a technological infrastructure that makes the generalization and scaling up of such relations possible.

May 6, 2019

Urban Commons Transition

Party Time?

Many of the exploding number of local projects are actually not local, but transnational in nature: as Enzio Manzini called them, they are “Small, Local, Open, Connected.”

February 22, 2019

Nathan Schneider

Everything for Everyone

Cooperatives are a way of introducing people to a radical vision of the commons that also includes familiar stuff like Visa, Associated Press, and the credit union down the street. But I wouldn’t claim cooperatives are sufficient. They’re a starting point, a gateway to more diverse and widespread commoning.

September 14, 2018

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