Most Important P2P-Related Projects and Trends of 2013

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Open value accounting, open book accounting and open supply chains

  • check out Curto Cafe in Nitteroi, Brazil, to see a fundamental re-organisation of the coffee supply chain using p2p/commons/sharing principles, combining open research, crowdfunded retail expansion and many other interesting innovations

New open manufacturing methodologies

Policy initiatives at city, regional and national scale

On the city level,

  • On the regional level, after the pioneering Open Commons Region Linz, it is now the French territory of Bordeaux which is launching a process to make the sharing economy the central plank of its regional development [2]
  • But the big news is definitely that for the first time in history, a nation-state has legitimized the p2p/commons social transition, by asking to prepare a transition plan and legal framework.

Open technology cooperatives

  • Las Indias and its work on Phyles, global community-supportive business coalitions

Developments in open agriculture, farmer to farmer cooperation and open agriculture machining designs

Commons-oriented cloudfunding and crowdfunding and other funding innovations

  • the Goteo commons oriented cloudfunding system is going beyond the merely 'reverse market' crowdfunding market model directed at individuals

Multiple currency innovations

  • Following the innovative block chain model of the Bitcoin Protocol which should be distinguished from the problematic first currency that it produced, many new forks are pushing forward the frontier of more community-oriented cryptocurrencies, such as the demurrage-based Freicoin. See the update [[5]] by Jem Bendell on the 15 weaknesses of Bitcoin and how they are being addressed.

Critical and constructive voices on the sharing economy, and its legal empowerment

Business models for open culture

  • Fora Do Eixo is controversial but also a very interesting experiment in creating huge cultural networks with their own independent economy
  • AMACCA in France applies the models pioneered in community-supported agriculture to the field of cultural production

Research hubs for P2P practices and theory

  • The creation of P2P Lab, an independent media lab with a physical space consisted of a fab lab, a library, a meeting space and a guest room. P2P Lab (can be seen as an informal "p2p university") is interested in interdisciplinary research focused solely on free/open source technologies and practices. One of the aims of this initiative is to help communities or individuals who want to build a P2P Lab in their city inspired by the idea of solidarity franchising.

P2P open technical infrastructures