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Michel Bauwens leads teach-in on commons-based peer production, governance and property

on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:31



Liberty Plaza
Liberty Plaza - New York City

Date- 2 Nov 2011 
6:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Liberty Plaza
Steps Near the Red Statue


To succeed in social change, you need 3 things.

  • a genuine mass movement. As the first native movement and great hope of the digital age that is what #ows is all about.
  • concrete alternatives that can change our lives and allow us to live our values right now. This is what commons-based peer production provides – a new way of producing value.
  • the ability to be able to stop bad policies, and propose new ones that allow alternatives to survive and thrive, for which we need true democratic processes.

A ‘commons’ rather than ‘market state’ orientation is a fruitful way to think about solving humanity’s problems in a new way.

Michel Bauwens is founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives, a global collaborative researching peer production that maps the thousands of p2p projects being created to achieve mutual alignment and a growing counter economy that can co-exist and perhaps even supersede the today’s dysfunctional one. He is also a partner of the Commons Strategies Group which seeks to seed conversations around the new commons 


Mark Jagdev's picture

This is very exciting news! How long was the talk for? It looks like 15 mins from the details above.. surely not! Will there be a video of this? It would be great to build a video category including a recording of this talk by Michel Bauwens, of commons consciousness coming from the Occupy movement.