New book

Peer to Peer
The Commons Manifesto

by Michel Bauwens , Vasilis Kostakis , Alex Pazaitis

"What is peer to peer? Why is it essential for building a commons-centric future? How could this happen? These are the questions this book tries to answer. Peer to peer is a type of social relations in human networks, as well as a technological infrastructure that makes the generalization and scaling up of such relations possible."

Commons: the model of “post” liberal capitalism?

Wouldn’t the commons represent the model for the future, post liberal capitalism, combining economic, social and environmental performance? Analysis by Myriam Bouré, based in particular on the example of Open Food Network.

The Political Economy of the Common: An Interview with Andrea Fumagalli - Commons Transition

P2P Foundation founder Michel Bauwens in conversation with economics professor and coordinator of the Italian node of project, Andrea Fumagalli.

Are the Digital Commons condemned to become “Capital Commons”?

by @Calimaq

"Should digital giants do more and significantly address the long-term sustainability of the Digital Commons that Wikipedia represents? This question refers to reciprocity for the Commons, which is both absolutely essential and very ambivalent."

Camp 2018

from 22 to 26 August 2018 in Grenoble - France

The CommonsCamp aims to create a meeting place for French and European activists, commoners and municipalists for the transition based on the commons. in France and Europe.

More info here:

Sign-up here: (in French)

P2P: A new cycle of post-civilizational development

"My method is to look at real-life practices and examples, and when enough weak signals show up to prove it is a real trend, to analyse the underlying logic of these seed forms. It is only from there that I begin visioning exercises about what a society would look like if it would exhibit the same logics at the macro-level."

Transition Together: An International Symposium on the need for societal transitions and systems level change

Thursday, 21 June, 2018 - 18:00 to Saturday, 23 June, 2018 - 13:00

Speakers: Rob Hopkins, Professor Terry Irwin, Michel Bauwens, John Thackara, Stuart Candy and Cameron Tonkinwise

The City Taking the Commons to Heart

An excellent analysis of the work in Ghent written by Dirk Holemans and originally published in the Green European Journal and Commons Transition.

Everything you could possibly want to know about 'the commons', all in one beautiful, accessible new website:

Summer of Commoning 5: “Les Ateliers” in Castres: from dream to reality

"f there’s one common that I want to present to you, it’s this one! I was fortunate enough to be able to attend its conception, so it’s moving to see, a few years later, that the baby has grown up well and is working like a charm."

Summer of Commoning 3: The Assembly of the of Grenoble

"The spirit of commons in Grenoble has a long history. After the Second World War, unlike many other places, the city had, for quite a while, retained its own operators to manage electricity and water, which made it a very special case."

Summer of Commoning 2: Mainstenant and the pirate island

"Laurence, a researcher at the university, is part of Mainstenant, a group of about fifty people who set out to revive abandoned places, villages and buildings – not only for leisure or work, but also to settle permanently and live with their families. And among the places they discovered, there is this extraordinary island."

Summer of Commoning 1: “La Fonderie” – 30 years of successful participatory housing

"La Fonderie is a project begun in 1984. This building was first a factory, bought by a developer forced to buy it as part of a lot, but who didn’t know what to do with it. He was delighted when the families (first 3, soon 10) offered to buy it so they could do some work and make their participatory housing project a reality."


"During the summer of 2017, I travelled throughout France. Now I am sharing the stories of the commons I met along the way, never knowing what I would find in advance."

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