Talk:Top Ten P2P Trends of 2016

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The Trends

The struggle for the appropriate scale: Localization vs Global Neo-nomadic infrastructures

Localization arguments by Steve Bosserman

Global Tribes

Subsidiarity of Material Production

The P2P Infrastructural Revolution continues: 2017 will be the year of pilots

Solar reached the tipping point, and is now the cheapest source of energy in 60 countries and counting,

see the bike infrastructure video here at

Democracy Earth based on the blockchain

Basic Income debate becomes mainstream

the year of preparing the pilots,


bad critiques

mention p2p automation debates

The year of the blockchain and cryptledger applications, but ALSO Open and contributory value accounting

boll report


Standing Rock

"“There is a tremendous awareness from Indigenous Peoples regarding what’s happening at Standing Rock,” said Elsa Stamatopoulou, director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program at Columbia University. “The Native Americans there are struggling and are connected to the whole world and a solidarity of rights.”

or as Ivor Stodolky writes: "the whole protest is about defending a commons. It's the water, the land, and the ancestral burial grounds of a community which has held and protected them as a commons for thousands of years."

The Cooperative Economy in Rojava

link to the website for the cooperative economy in Rojava:

Platform Cooperativism comes of age

Platform Cooperativism 2016

big coop organizations moved to realizing they need to act

barcelona plan (mention also global initiative and policy platform)

Not Alone

Civic and Commons Renaissance in western european cities

oikos report findings /

(includes growth of local currencies now at 13,000 in the world,, 5:50 minutes)

iaone report

jose ramos book

Municipal Coalitions in Spain and beyond

see Category:Urbanism for a slate of books

Naples and other rebel cities, see: City-Based Departments of the Commons

Municipal coalitions Bcomu [1], ahora madrid

Rebel Cities

jose ramos book , iaone report

The emergence of Super-Competent Democracies

  2. V-Taiwan Process
  3. Civic Councils (decide madrid)


Counter-trend: fake news

"Unlike traditional advertising, the message comes through a secondary source. It's 'word-of-mouth marketing' - the Holy Grail for advertisers. Nothing has more impact on our shopping habits than a friend or someone we trust recommending a product to us. Social Chain now owns over 400 of the most popular Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Collectively they have over 300 million followers. After just two years, the company now employs over a hundred young people in offices in Manchester, Berlin and New York. The average age of staff is just 22.

£1.25 billion went on marketing on social media alone in 2015. Paul Mason examines this new economy - the commodification of influence. He considers the ethics of this way of advertising and how it affects trust in the information we're given. Social Chain closely follows regulations laid down by the Advertising Standards Authority, but Mara Einstein, author of Black Ops Advertising, argues that just as the military has moved from face to face action to covert operations, so advertising has moved from being obvious to more hidden - in particular through social media."

Politisation of the Commons / Proliferation of Assemblies of the Commons

European Commons Assembly

post-capitalist debates (mason, inventing the future)

Commons Transition Coalition ; Assembly of the Commons

greater boston coop

Alliance of rural/urban commons

Sophie Jerram writes:

"One of the strongest trends that has struck me well after the European commons assembly (I alluded to it only in the report for Commons Transition) was the coming together of new urban P2P activity with traditional commoning practices. We have begun to meet from very different backgrounds but with similar struggles and connected motivations. To meet friends from Basque and Galician territories - land that has been in common hands for hundreds of years is an inspiration to those of us (especially in the New World) where private property rights are the only forms of property discussed.

Secondly, I’d like to suggest that there is a trend away (could we say post-Ostrom>>??!!) from discussing commons as resources only. Instead, many of us are discussing commoning practices. Obviously common pool resources are a motivation for many people still to engage in commoning. But land, for example is more than a utility and could be considered a living being. Take for example, the Te Uruwera Act of 2014 from New Zealand has made the land of the Tuhoe people sovereign unto itself and to have the "rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person.” See "

P2P Value report findings on really existing peer production communities .. full report at

Intro by Michel Bauwens: P2P Value is a landmark study because it is the first long (3-year) scientific study of 300+ peer production communities, and it largely confirms the ten years of empirical observations that form the basis of P2P Theory and the documentation in the P2P Foundation Wiki. Our team was also one of the 8 partners in the consortium. Here are some interesting findings, which I would like to highlight: 1. These communities are also ‘imaginary communities’ with specific values, i..e. they want to make the world a better place, i.e. they are ethical communities not just profit-maximising entities, and their identification is in global networks, not just the locales they are embedded in. This is historically important since it echoes the birth of nation-states as imaginary communities (see Benedict Anderson’s landmark book on this topic) 2. A majority of 78% of these communities are practicing, preparing and/or looking into open value or contributory accounting systems; again, this is significant since changes in accounting practices and philosophies have accompanied the great value regime transitions in the past 3. Reputation capital is a fictitious commodity that has an effective capacity to drive and allocate resources to these common projects. This document is therefore a must-read for the P2P and Commons community.

P2P Foundation research comes of age

havens center book

thermodynanmic efficiences research and DGML / Cosmo-localisation with fab city and sharon essay linkage

Technological Sovereignty, Distributed Manufacturing, and the Commons Turn in Developement

Report from Inpact

Circular Finance of Terre des Liens

Commons turn of AFD

Fab City,

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Gender and Race; diversity and p2p


Steve Bosserman:

"In consideration of your request, I would offer that historians will look back on 2016 as the year when the forces of change aligned to begin the world's final drive into a post-capitalist reality. Each of us have our preferred evaluative methods to note this occasion. My primary indicators concerned the ongoing and pervasive presence of certain human behaviors which I considered essential to precipitate such an onslaught:

1) Commitment by individuals and groups to systems, processes, and tools that enable people to meet their basic needs where they are so they do not resort to destroying the environment, emigrating / seeking refuge elsewhere, or resorting to radicalism or nihilism

2) Adoption of acknowledgement systems that assume each person has value to offer regardless of circumstances and recognize those occasions when each person contributes the value they have

3) Match of distributed governance structures to population centers (nodes) so that residents have the authority to localize their knowledge commons, manage their resource flows (sources to sinks), and ultimately, meet their basic needs

4) Connections of distributed population centers (nodes) into regional and global economic networks wherein residents can exchange ideas, share experiences, refresh their knowledge commons, and restore the sources of their localized resource flows

The political, diplomatic, economic, societal, and environmental events of 2016 have provided the catalyst to launch what's next in an irreversible and inevitable way. While the list of Top Ten Trends for 2016 you've compiled thus far and will no doubt rigorously refine, is excellent, I submit there's a larger contextual drama playing out that the composite listing does not fully address. And that is that 2016 represents the year when the world turned the corner on its future and from here on out we're building what's next more than we're perpetuating what is or what was." (Facebook, January 2017 [2])

Further response by steve: