Vasilis Kostakis

Vasilis Kostakis is the Professor of P2P Governance at Tallinn University of Technology and Faculty Associate at Harvard University. He is the founder of the P2P Lab and core member of the P2P Foundation.


What technology for degrowth?

Cosmolocal production, utilizing digital communication networks, connects local communities to minimize material and energy footprints.

March 13, 2024

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Why ‘Game of Thrones’ was about Ecomodernism

Game of Thrones was arguably about climate change, but the HBO series turned this narrative around by presenting a last-minute technological solution as magically saving the day, the planet, and existence. 

July 11, 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


New Technologies Won’t Reduce Scarcity, but Here’s Something That Might

The intuitive belief that technology can manifest from money alone, anthropologists tell us, is a culturally rooted notion which hides the fact that the scarcity experienced by some is linked to the abundance enjoyed only by a few.

September 18, 2018

When does the Commons Transition begin?

All of the above form a strategy for a multi-modal commons-centric transition, offering a positive way out of the current crisis and a way to respond to the new demands of the commons-influenced generations. The Commons and the prefigurative forms of a new value regime already exist. The commoners are already here, and they’re already commoning; in other words, the Commons transition has begun.

July 6, 2017


The Emergence of Makerspaces in the Smart City

Makerspaces, this essay argues, can serve as hubs and vehicles for citizen-driven transformation and, thus, play a key part in a more inclusive, participatory and commons-oriented vision of the smart city.

June 1, 2017

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