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 [1]


never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. - Margaret Mead [2]

The richest collection of free modes available anywhere in the net and on the planet. - Franz Nahrada

Open Everything

Open Hardware Directory

An extensive catalog of all things open.

P2P in a Nutshell

an easy way to discover the ideas of the P2P Foundation, compiled by Mauro Bieg.
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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 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?
  5. Important notice on COPYRIGHT: Fair Use Notice

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
  6. Bibliography of Michel Bauwens on P2P

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



Topics

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


Key Topics

P2P and Business

P2P and Governance

P2P, Copyright and Property


P2P Infrastructures:

Open and Shared Design

Open and Distributed Manufacturing

Open Standards

P2P Education and Learning

P2P Energy

P2P Facilitation

P2P Money


Under construction:

Peer Production

Peer Governance

Peer Property

The Commons

Other Subjects

Collective Intelligence

P2P Art

P2P Ecology

P2P Gaming and Metaverses

P2P Geography

P2P Media

P2P Music

P2P Policy

P2P Politics

P2P Relationality

P2P Science

P2P Security and Warfare

P2P Spirituality

P2P Technology

P2P Villages



P2P Resources

Articles on P2P topics

Books on P2P topics

Case Studies

Companies with P2P business models

Conferences on P2P topics

Curricula

Encyclopedia

Events Calendar

Fiction with P2P themes

Graphics to use in presentations

Individuals, Who's Who in P2P

Interviews with P2P practitioners and thought leaders

Movements advocating P2P

Podcasts and Audio

Reference

Research on P2P

Resources and tools

Statistics on P2P trends

Webcasts and Video


Individual Projects

  1. Adam Arvidsson's Ethical Economy
  2. Michel Bauwens' Chiang Mai Commons‎ project
  3. Christian Siefkes' Peer Economy
  4. Chris Cook's Open Capital approach
  5. Stan Rhodes' Peer Trust Network Project
  6. Patrick Anderson's User Ownership Theory
  7. Robert Searle's Transfinancial Economics
  8. Thomas Kalka's Key P2P Concepts

Other P2P Foundation Projects

  1. Collaboration Platform Projects: cooperation for social action
  2. Core Peer-2-Peer Collaboration Principles - Initiator Ryan Lanham
  3. Distributed Manufacturing Collaborative Platforms: open design and distributed manufacturing platforms
  4. List of P2P Researchers - preparation for launch of a P2P Research Group
  5. List of European Policy Consultants - Celia Blanco
  6. Participatory Spirituality Conference
  7. P2P Cities: open cities
  8. P2P Theory Books