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"Together we know everything, together we have everything"

Welcome to the P2P Foundation Wiki

The P2P Foundation is an international organization focused on studying, researching, documenting and promoting peer to peer practices in a very broad sense. This wiki is our knowledge commons. Our motto is "Together we know everything, together we have everything", i.e. pooling our resources through commons, creates prosperity for all. We document thousands of initiatives going in that direction on order to create "Hope with evidence".

The central question we address is the following:

* "How can we enable and encourage the formation of Global Cooperative Networks within the existing Global Adversarial Network? How could these bubbles form, grow, merge and eventually shift the whole civilisation towards a more cooperative generative process." (John Ringland [1])

For a quick introduction to the P2P Foundation see our new homepage. For an introduction to our worldview, see the Commons Transition Primer website.

Scroll down to browse through our various sections

"In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called." ~ Buckminster Fuller ~

Watch this 20 min overview of our key proposals and introductory videos.

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Recent Articles and Publications
Introduction to the Commons Transition.
Why We Need a New Kind of Open Cooperativism for the P2P Age
From the Communism of Capital to a Capital for the Commons
Recent Reports:

  • On market-commons institutional design: Value in the Commons Economy: Developments in Open and Contributory Value Accounting. By Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros. Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2016 [2]
  • On staying within the carrying capacity of the earth: The Thermodynamics of Peer Production: How mutualization through commons can bring our matter/energy footprint down in dramatic ways
  • Coming soon: On public-commons institutional design: The Commons Transition Plan for the City of Ghent.

The Foundation

  • Read':
  1. What the P2P Foundation did in 2016
  2. What the P2P Foundation Did in 2015
  3. What the P2P Foundation Did in 2014)

The P2P Foundation consists of three autonomous but internetworked initiatives:

1. The knowledge commons, such as this wiki, and our blog, managed by the non-profit P2P Foundation, which is presently moving from Amsterdam, to Ghent, Belgium, with chair Evi Swinnen. The theoretical foundations are based on the work of Michel Bauwens and others.

2. A political and communication project, Commons Transition [3] managed by Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Ultratel.

3. A P2P Lab, which is both a place in northern Greece, i.e. Ioannina, and a network which undertakes funded research using mostly actor-network methodologies.

Our Ideas

This is a summary of our key structural arguments for commons/p2p centric social change:

a. in capitalism there is a specific articulation of market/community (nation)/command (state) in which the market is dominant.

b. a commons-centric economy has a different articulation in which the communal mechanisms of pooling shared resources are dominant.

c. the commons-based processes are increasing in importance within capitalism facing systemic crises

d. It is possible to develop a strategy for deepening and expanding the weight of the commons-based processes (transvestment, etc.).

e. If sustained, such a strategy could ultimate erode the dominance of capitalism and create a new post-capitalist and commons-centric society.

Find out more about our practice here:

Our Key Resources

* new! : check out our Multi-Category Search for Combined Category Searching ! Explanations here!

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The P2P Paradigms

See also:

The Three Aspects of Application in Society

  1. P2P Civil Society Approaches
  2. P2P Market Approaches
  3. P2P State Approaches

Hot Topics 'Right Now'

The Peer-Driven Collaborative and Ethical Economy

New P2P Culture

P2P Provisioning Systems

Providing the essential provisions for human life:

  1. Air Water Food
  2. Clothing and Products
  3. Energy
  4. Health Care
  5. Housing and Shelter
  6. Transportation

Other Domains of Application

How P2P Influences Society

P2P Perspectives


Case Studies

Companies with P2P business models

Conferences on P2P topics

Courses: P2P Curricula

Encyclopedia : New! Mini-version

Events Calendar P2P Foundation Calendar

Individuals, Who's Who in P2P

Licences: open and free licenses


Movements, P2P and commons-oriented org's


Research on P2P

Resources and tools


Statistics on P2P trends

Media Resources

Articles on P2P topics

Books on P2P topics

Fiction with P2P themes


Podcasts and Audio

Webcasts and Video

Special Projects

Theory Projects

P2P Foundation Theory Project

Our eBooks

Our Printed Books

  • French: Sauver le monde. Vers une société post-capitaliste avec le peer-to-peer. Par Michel Bauwens et Jean Lievens. Les Liens qui Liberent, 2015.
  • Dutch: De wereld redden. Met peer-to-peer naar een postkapitalistische samenleving. Van Michel Bauwens en Jean Lievens. Houtekiet, 2013.

Overview of P2P Transition Proposals

  • Las Indias summarizes recent p2p thinking from the period 2012-2013 [4]
  • a good summary of the triarchical proposal to simultaneously transform civil society, the market and the state [5]
  • political organizing:
    • 1) local change through civic Alliances of the Commons and Chamber of the Commons producing social charters to recreate local political majorities [6] ;
    • 2) the global alliance of the commons at nation-state level and beyond [7]


P2P Around The World

Here is a list of Country Categories. These categories list all pages that contain country relevant tags for example [[Category:Brazil]] will list all pages with the tag [[Category:Brazil]] in the wiki text. Categories and Pages are different. Categories are directory listings so we use country Pages for general information and discussion for example Brazil. For a listing of all country Categories AND Pages and a quick guide on how you can help build a directory of P2P activities around the world see Country Category.


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North America

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Central and South America

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Middle East

Arab Countries Bahrain Israel Iraq Jordan Lebanon Palestine Qatar Turkey Syria


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Australia New Zealand

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