ox4 - Final Version

Free Software and Beyond
The World of Peer Production

Michel Bauwens
Day 3
Room Humanities Bridgeford Cordingley
Start time 09:00
Duration 01:30
ID 33
Event type Lecture
Track Future of peer production
Language English

Political Scenarios for a peer to peer world

Peer is peer, in its broad meaning of the combined open and free, participatory and commons-oriented practices emerging in every field of human endeavour, has emerged as a strong seed form, but how much further can it go. In this talk, we will focus on the political aspects of peer to peer as a broad social movement for a fundamental overturn of the social order. What are the tactics and strategies that are available to the movement? What are possible scenarios for the future? The talk will center around two scenarios, the high road to a peer to peer society which focuses on the generalization of green capitalist strategies by the enlightened sections of the current establishment, and a low road scenario of the emergence of resilient communities within a general framework of the dislocation of the current world order. What can we do to steer the next transition phase so that it emerges in a form which demands the least human cost possible? The crucial issue of how to conceive of a combination of global open design communities and relocalized cooperative production will be discussed as well.