The Open Coop Governance Model in Guerrilla Translation: an Overview

Guerrilla Translation (GT) began its life as an activist translation collective of politicised, conscious translators. Our motivation is to create a plurilingual knowledge commons, accessible through GT’s websites (English and Spanish so far). But GT is also a translation/language agency offering a variety of communication services and its governance model ties these two facets together. GT’s model is an extensive… Continue reading

Integral Technology in Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Beyond – a concept note for discussion

Jem Bendell and Matthew Slater: The billions of dollars of venture capital pouring into blockchain start-ups over the past year reflect how people with a serious financial interest in technology see significant potential in distributed ledger technology (DLT). Yet the actual use of these technologies for everyday applications is still rare. Some say that it is… Continue reading

Book of the Day – Radical Help: How We Can Remake the Relationships Between Us and Revolutionise the Welfare State

About Hilary Cottam, Kate Raworth writes, “her work is all about how the welfare state can become a partner state that empowers people by putting human relationships (and local commons) at the heart of their services. She is a designer focused on social change, and creates a series of locally based initiatives that are effectively… Continue reading

5 key things to look for before launching a platform cooperative marketplace

Martijn Arets: As sharing economy companies come under fire for exploitative labor practices, data privacy issues, and more, there’s another movement that’s been brewing to counter some of the negative impacts of these platforms. Called “platform cooperatives,” these digital enterprises are built on foundations used by traditional cooperatives. In the U.S., Green Taxi, Stocksy United [a sponsor of Shareable], and Up&Go, are… Continue reading

Oakland, California Declares Climate Emergency

Originally published on Commondreams.org Andrea Germanos: Tackling ‘Urgency and Scale” of Crisis, Oakland, Calif. Declares Climate Emergency. City council passed resolution Tuesday endorsing declaration of a climate emergency and calling for just transition. The Oakland Climate Action Coalition claimed victory Tuesday night after the California city passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency and committing… Continue reading

Peer-to-peer-commons – The historical ‘third movement’ of radical science? It can only get better

Originally published 18 September 2018 at foprop.org Mike Hales: When I first read Gary Werskey’s 2007 ‘three movements’ article – four years ago – I was sceptical. He discussed two British movements of radicals around science, in the 30s-40s and the 70s-80s, and speculated on the possibility of a third (which might possibly have an… Continue reading

Is the world you long for screen-based?

Originally posted by Gaiafoundation.org In this interview, Claire Milne, Inner Transition Coordinator for the Transition Network, discusses the addictive qualities of digital technologies, how we can make peace with them in our own lives, and how to repurpose these technologies for the transition to a more just, caring and ecological future. On 20th November, Claire… Continue reading

Essay of the day: When Ostrom Meets Blockchain: Exploring the Potentials of Blockchain for Commons Governance

When Ostrom Meets Blockchain: Exploring the Potentials of Blockchain for Commons Governance, a working paper/preprint by David Rozas, Antonio Tenorio-Fornés, Silvia Díaz-Molina and Samer Hassan. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). Abstract Blockchain technologies have generated excitement, yet their potential to enable new forms of governance remains largely unexplored. Two confronting standpoints dominate the emergent debate around… Continue reading

North Korea and ‘The Commons’: Blank slate for a new kind of nation?

Is there another transition possible from state-based centralized planning systems, to something that would be different than a mere transition to extractive capitalism, which wreaked such havoc in the Eastern block, where life expectancy and health declined so dramatically after such a transition? Gorbachev wished for a cooperative transition which never came, and Cuba has… Continue reading