The Foundation for P2P Alternatives

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

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

NEW: Video lecture on P2P

Our aims

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 To Contribute
  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?

Our Platform

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

  1. The Ethical Economy Book Project


We are looking for maintainers for our subject pages! Interested?

Key Topics

P2P Business and Peer Production

Peer Governance

Peer Property

How-To Guide

P2P Audiovisual Guide

Other Subjects

Collective Intelligence

Open Standards


P2P Design

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 Aid/Relief/Emergency Response

Paul Hartzog's Panarchy Concepts

P2P Resources

Articles on P2P topics

Books on P2P topics

Case Studies

Companies with P2P business models

Conferences on P2P topics



Fiction with P2P themes

Graphics to use in presentations

Individuals, Who's Who in P2P


Movements advocating P2P

Podcasts (Podcasts in Dutch)


Research on P2P

Resources and tools

Statistics on P2P trends