While this new rural economy is coming to life, its success is uncertain. It will likely be an uneven, difficult, and slow transition if there’s a transition at all. It will take people of uncommon vision, commitment and patience to make it happen.
One of the most difficult systems to reimagine is global manufacturing. If we are producing offshore and at scale, ravaging the planet for short-term profits, what are the available alternatives? A movement combining digital and physical production points toward a new possibility: Produce within our communities, democratically and with respect for nature and its carrying capacity.
The world – and chiefly among it, first world countries – seems to me, to be moving away from a purely industrial model, aimed mainly at production, to a new type of society whose contours and goals have yet to be clearly defined.”
What the world and humanity, and all those beings that are affected by our activities require is a mode of production, and relations of production, that are “free, fair and sustainable” at the same time.
At the P2P Foundation, we don’t use the moniker ‘revolution’ with much frequency, preferring the concept of phase transition.
We stand at a precipice in history that demands that the human species achieve some fairly unprecedented evolutionary advances.
The idea of Las Indias is that it is a community with cooperative businesses, not a community of cooperatives.
Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis have just published a new book that offers a rich, sophisticated critique of our current brand of capitalism, and looks to current trends in digital collaboration to propose the outlines of the next, network-based economy and society.
Imagine transparent, democratic and decentralised organising for everyone.
The good thing about losing everything is that it forces you to become flexible and to search for new opportunities.
For a country suffering from economic devastation and political upheaval, Greece is not accustomed to bursts of optimism.
Access over ownership. After decades of excessive consumerism, this prospect sounded revolutionary. At first.