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We study the impact of Peer to Peer technology and thought on society.

We function as a clearinghouse for open/free, participatory/p2p and commons-oriented initiatives.

We aim to be a pluralist network to document, research, and promote peer to peer alternatives. Our political aims could be summarized under the following maxims:

  1. ending the destruction of the biosphere by abandoning the dangerous conceptions of pseudo-abundance in the natural world (i.e. based on the assumption that natural resources are infinite);
  2. promoting free cultural exchange by abandoning the innovation-inhibiting conceptions of pseudo-scarcity in the cultural world (i.e. based on the assumption that the free flow of culture needs to be restricted through excessive copyrights etc...).

Can we help you? How to support us?

  1. How you can help us?; How To Contribute; How to Write for our Wiki; P2P Foundation Wiki Requested Articles
  2. We are conducting P2P Seminars to assist individuals, organizations and society at large in their efforts to adapt to the new participative world based on social innovation. See the Testimonials page for some reactions. And here is a version of our slide presentation at Slideshare
  3. Support the P2P Foundation by buying your books at our Bookstore
  4. Why is participation to the P2P Foundation not totally open?

The Foundation

Our Ideas

  1. About The Foundation
  2. Our Understanding of P2P
  3. Manifesto: P2P and Human Evolution
  4. The P2P Meme Map
  5. Best P2P Essays 1 2

Our Key Resources

  1. The P2P Blog
  2. What’s New in the Wiki
  3. Wiki RSS Feed
  4. Our Newsletter

Learning More

  1. P2P Bookstore
  2. P2P Seminars & (Testimonials)
  3. Our Expert Database
  4. Watch this P2P lecture!
  5. Listen to this Podcast
  6. Read this Interview

Who We Are

  1. Our Founders
  2. Active Contributors
  3. Our Wiki Neighbours
  4. Commons Network

Online Book Projects


Contact Michel or Guaka if you're interested in maintaining our subject pages!

Key Topics

Guides and Introductions


Collective Intelligence Decision-making Open Design Communities for Physical Production Open Standards P2P Ecology P2P Facilitation P2P Gaming and Metaverses P2P Geography P2P Learning P2P Media P2P Money P2P Music P2P Policy P2P Politics P2P Relationality P2P Science P2P Spirituality P2P Technology

P2P Resources

Articles Books Case Studies Companies Conferences Curricula Encyclopedia Fiction Graphics Individuals Interviews Movements Podcasts and Audio Reference Research Resources and tools Statistics Webcasts Wiki's


List of European Policy Consultants Governance for Open Enterprise Stan Rhodes Peer Trust Network Project Patrick Anderson's User Ownership TheoryP2P Cities

Our interests

The Open and Free Paradigm

The Access Paradigm: A2K Access to Knowledge, Access to Health;

The Open Paradigm: Open Access, Open Archives, Open Biology, Open Business, Open Business Process Initiative, Open Content, Open Cores, Open Courseware, Open Data, Open Design, Open Document Format, Open Documentaries, Open Education, Open Educational Resources, Open Fiction, Open Futures, Open GeoData, Open Hardware, Open Health, Open Infrastructure, Open Knowledge, Open Learning, Open Market, Open Matchmaking, Open Media Standards, Open Money, Open Music Business Models, Open Networked Learning Model, Open Organization,Open Politics, Open Social Networking Standards; Open Space Technology, Open Spectrum, Open Spreadsheets, Open Standards, Open Textbooks;

The Open Source Paradigm: Open Source, Open Source Architecture, Open Source Biotechnology, Open Source Car, Open Source Disaster Recovery, Open Source Drug Discovery, Open Source Ecology, Open Source Economics, Open Source Hardware, Open Source Industrial Design, Open Source Initiative, Open Source Leadership, Open Source Licenses, Open Source Parking, Open Source Record Label, Open Source Religion, Open Source Research, Open Source Telephony, Open Source Virtual Worlds, Open Source Warfare, Open Source Yoga

The Free Paradigm: Free Cinema initiative, Free Content Definition, Free Culture movement, Free Goods as Civilization Building, Free Hardware Design, Free Labour, Free Maps, Free Music Philosophy, Free Software Business Models, Free Software Principles

The Participatory/P2P Paradigm

The P2P paradigm: Peer to Peer, Peer to Peer Theory , Peer Production, Peer Production - Immanence vs. Transcendence, Peer Governance, Peer Property, Peer Banking, Peer to Peer Exchanges, Panarchy, the Sharing Economy, the Gift Economy, P2P Capitalism, P2P Microfinance

The Collaborative paradigm: Co-Counselling, Co-Intelligence, Co-production, Co-Research, Collaboration, Collaboration Theory, Collaborative Defense, Collaborative Filtering, Collaborative Moderation, Collaborative Photojournalism, Collective Intelligence, Communities of Practice, Community Supported Manufacturing, Community Wireless, Cooperation Studies, Cooperative Capitalism, Cooperative Content Distribution Model, Cooperative Inquiry, Coordination Format, Coordination Theory

The Participatory paradigm: Participation Capture, Participative Epistemology, Participatory Culture, Participatory Democracy, Participatory Journalism, Participatory Panopticon, Participatory Spirituality, Participatory Urban Planning, Participatory Video; see also Citizen Dialogue and Deliberation, Customer-Controlled Networks, Customer-build Network Infrastructures, User-centered Innovation, Web 2.0; and also: Citizen Engineers, Citizen Journalism, Citizen Ownership, Citizen Science;

The Commons Paradigm

The Commons paradigm: The Commons, the Tragedy of the Commons, the Tragedy of the Anti-Commons, the Cornucopia of the Commons, the Circulation of the Common, Commons-based Political Production, the Global Integral-Spiritual Commons, Information Commons, the Public Domain, Enclosure, General Public License, Creative Commons, Trusts, Social Dilemmas, Wireless Commons, the Book Commons, the Genome Commons, the Science Commons

The Network Paradigm

The Distribution paradigm: Customer-build network infrastructures, Customer-Controlled Networks, Desktop Manufacturing, Diffuse Innovation, Distributed Computing, Folksonomies, the Long Tail, Mass Amateurization, Mesh Networks, the Pro-Am Movement, Prosumers, Smart Mobs, Swarming, User-Capitalized Networks, User-centered Innovation, User-driven Advertizing, User Filtered Content, Viral Communicators,

The network paradigm: network sociality, network neutrality, relational spirituality, social networks, connectionism, viral marketing, memetics

The "social turn": Sociable Media, Social Bookmarking, Social Capital, Social Cognitive, Social Commerce, Social Currencies, Social Dilemmas, Social Economy, Social Entrepreneurs, Social Finance, Social Knowledge, Social Media, Social Network Analysis, Social Network Site, Social Physics, Social Policy Bonds, Social Protocols, Social Software, Social Software 3.0, Social Software Culture, Socialization of Innovation

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P2P in a Nutshell - an easy way to discover the ideas of the P2P Foundation, compiled by Mauro Bieg.

P2P Audiovisual Guide - How-to make, promote and find people powered media, compiled by Valentin Spirik.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete - Buckminster Fuller [1]
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