Procomuns 2017: development of proposals and strategies for the Commons collaborative economies

Join our friends for this year’s edition of Procomuns in Barcelona. We extensively covered last year’s edition, including an in-depth article (The Commons Collaborative Economy Explodes in Barcelona); this year they are inviting all commoners to help co-create the program. The following text is extracted from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya’s website. Procomuns 2017 The collaborative economy… Continue reading

Panarchy, an idea for a mining system that socializes control of a blockchain, building on Ethereums’ Casper

Building on Vlad Zamfir and Vitalik Buterins’ work around consensus-by-bet, I had an idea I wanted to share, on what could be called “representative consensus-by-bet”. Instead of staking Ether, the consensus system PANARCHY “stakes people”, and uses “betting pools” which are “powered” by people, using pseudo-anonymous Proofs-of-Personhood (PoPs) from the Virtual Pseudonym Parties system. Betting… Continue reading

LibreTaxi’s Roman Pushkin on Why He Made a Free, Open-Source Alternative to Uber and Lyft

Nithin Coca: With all the controversy engulfing the global ride-hailing giant Uber, there is more attention on alternative platforms that meet people’s transportation needs and don’t have the company’s ethical baggage. One of the newest and most promising alternatives is LibreTaxi, founded by Roman Pushkin, a San Francisco-based developer and architect with a decade of experience in the… Continue reading

Book of the day: Shifting Baselines of Europe

Anyone interested in survival in today’s Europe, should read this book.” Srecko Horvat, Philosopher, DiEM25 This is the press release for European Alternative’s recently published Shifting Baselines of Europe. It’s a very readable tome which includes, among many outstanding contributions, an edited version of my interview with Ahora Madrid’s heads of Citizen Participation and Transparency…. Continue reading

Cooperatives recognised in EU’s future on collaborative economy

Reposted from Cooperatives UK, regarding the EU’s “European Agenda for the collaborative economy“. Over the last year we have curated a series of critical commentaries on the initial resolution. Cooperatives Europe commends the ’s recognition of the growing interest for the cooperative model in the collaborative economy. This positioning sends a positive signal towards actors… Continue reading

Die Zeit: “You’re fired!”

This post by Steven Hill was originally published on steven-hill.com Recently I was having a pleasant conversation in Berlin with a highly-regarded professor and former university president when the conversation turned unexpectedly disagreeable. We hit an impasse as we discussed the impact of new digital technologies on society and the economy, specifically the impact on… Continue reading

The sustainable city of the twentyfirst century

By Pål Steigan. (Journal of Urban Culture Research – Chulalongkorn University Bangkok Thailand) The rapid urbanization of the world’s population over the twentieth century is described in the 2005 Revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects report. The global proportion of urban population rose dramatically from 13% (220 million) in 1900, to 29% (732 million)… Continue reading

Flint: Enclosure of the Water Commons

The Flint water crisis is back in the national news. Over 8,000 Flint residents now face tax liens on their homes for unpaid water bills after May 19th, and are faced with the possibility of losing their homes if they don’t pay the total amount in arrears. This follows last month’s mass water cutoffs for residences with unpaid bills…. Continue reading