The transition to a peer-to-peer (P2P) society implies that our relationships become less hierarchical (in the context of domination hierarchies, not hierarchies of empowerment), and increasingly between equals ; that is, between peers. Power is diffused and more 'distributed' across society. In the understanding of the P2P Foundation, we are in a transitional period towards a system that can act within planetary boundaries, which also require a form of social equity. This is achieved through the model of a commons-centric society. This doesn't require abolishing the other forms of allocation which have existed in tandem for 5,000 years, i.e. commoning, the gift economy, redistribution (the state) and market allocation, but a new equilibrium amongst them, and a evolution from a market-centric capitalist society, to a commons-centric post-capitalist society.
The pages in this category involve, in some way or other, the question of how we are getting there or what it would be like. There are many insights to be had from previous transitions in society between one system and another.
Key Concepts of this Category
Useful Learning Resources
- Michel Bauwens on the Transition to the New Peer to Peer System of Social Sharing of Goods and Services 29 minute video, 2016
- The basic orientation of p2p theory towards societal reform: transforming civil society, the private and the state
- To the Finland Station: the political approach of P2P Theory
- Criteria for a Post-Transitional Economic System. By Daniel Schmachtenberger.
- Transitioning from the Ego System to the Eco System Approach. By Otto Scharmer.
From the P2P Foundation
- Bauwens, M., Kostakis, V., & Pazaitis, A. (2019). Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto, London: Westminster University Press. . See our entry: Peer_to_Peer:_The_Commons_Manifesto_(Book)
- What You Should Read To Understand the Commons: reading list
- Our first proposed Commons Transition Plan (FLOK version), for the government of Ecuador
- Our Commons Transition Plan for the City of Ghent ; and further reflections: Changing Societies through Urban Commons Transitions.
Pages in category "P2P Transition"
The following 43 pages are in this category, out of 43 total.
- Making Sense of Rifkin's Third Industrial Revolution
- Michel Bauwens on the Commons for Systemic, Organisational, Personal Transformation
- Michel Bauwens on the Commons Transition
- Michel Bauwens on the Systemic, Organisational, and Personal Transformation Required for a Commons Transition
- Michel Bauwens on the Transition to the New Peer to Peer System of Social Sharing of Goods and Services
- Technological Revolutions and Societal Transitions
- Territories of Commons in Europe as Niches of a Much Needed Transition
- Transfer Culture
- Transition Design Bibliography
- Transition towards a Food Commons Regime
- Transition Trade
- Transition Trade Proposals for Renewable Energy Projects
- Transitioning from the Ego System to the Eco System Approach
- Transitions To State-Level Societies