For-Benefit Associations

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Michel Bauwens:

"At the P2P Foundation, we see the institutional emergence of a commons economy through the following three social forms:

  • at the heart of value creations are productive communities of contributors, paid or unpaid, that create shared resources i.e. commons
  • around these shared resources, new forms of entrepreneurial coalitions form, that created added value for the market to create livelihoods for the commoners, which can take the form of Open Cooperatives, Platform Cooperatives
  • the shared resources, and the conflict and convergence between productive communities and the enterpreneurial coalitions, are defended by For-Benefit Associations, like the FLOSS Foundations."

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