Wed 28 Mar 2018 1:30PM

Suggested films / topics for meetings

NS Nick S Public Seen by 380

As a focus for future meetings, it would be useful to have a list of films (or something equivalent) we can show, location and circumstances permitting.

Suggestions and comments solicited!


Nick S Thu 3 May 2018 11:40AM

Topic proposal: Games.

@staccotroncoso mentioned this reworking of Monopoly for the commons...


Currently out of stock, but maybe we could procure a copy somewhere or make our own...


Stacco Troncoso Thu 3 May 2018 11:46AM

It will be back in stock by the end of the month, you can pre-order here. We'll also be working on putting some design global/manufacture local documentation up, but there's no set deadline on that.


Nick S Thu 10 May 2018 7:59AM

I thought I'd already posted this, but I don't see it here... Anyway, for the record there's also Co-opoly:



Nick S Wed 19 Sep 2018 9:05AM

I signed up for notifcations, and I see Commonsopoly is now available for about €44, or about £50...


Nick S Sun 7 Oct 2018 11:08AM

Was thinking of taking a punt on this, but judging by the website the latest release may have sold out again?


Nick S Thu 18 Oct 2018 9:21AM

I bought an edition of co-opoly instead for the time being, so we could have a game of that at a future meeting. (Although it hasn't arrived yet...)


Nick S Tue 8 May 2018 2:45PM

Topic proposal: The Common Good Fund

Looks like this is an example of a very old commons. Paraphrasing the video: a unique but apparently generally unknown half-millennia-old Scottish fund possessing assets worth several tens of million pounds with laws to protect it and an obligation to Scottish councils to maintain it for the public's benefit.


Only 55 views so far!

The video features Bob Hamilton - I remember he was involved with the Electron Club in Glasgow way back when Dorkbot Alba was a new thing...

Also, here's a video of a somewhat younger-looking Andy Wightman (author and advocate of land reform, now a Scottish Greens MSP), describing the Common Good Fund. Very much worth watching:


(More videos in the "related" section below it - interestingly including Knowledge as a common good. Communities of production and sharing in Greece)

(I discovered this digging around on the P2PF wiki entry for Scotland. I've created an account so I can now update and fix these links, some of which are quite old, I recommend anyone else interested do this too.)


Stacco Troncoso Thu 10 May 2018 9:32AM

(I discovered this digging around on the P2PF wiki entry for Scotland. I've created an account so I can now update and fix these links, some of which are quite old, I recommend anyone else interested do this too.)

I applaud this!


RoryG Fri 18 May 2018 4:29PM

Really interesting topic, it would be good to find out where we are with Common Good funds are at the moment


Nick S Wed 13 Jun 2018 8:46PM

Topic Proposal: social.coop

(Since I seem to have gotten roped into coordinating their sysadmin volunteer rota.)

See this article for what it is: https://medium.com/open-collective/social-coop-a-cooperative-decentralized-social-network-c10980c9ed91

Basically, a Mastodon instance, i.e. open-source, federated Twitter clone with moderation. But run as a member-owned/run cooperative.

It's an interesting place to hang out, if you have the spare bandwidth for the chatter. The "Fediverse" itself (sum of all federated instances) feels a lot like '90's Usenet, lots of weird, wonderful and possibly unsavoury communities, with their own culture, loosely overlapped. Lots of refugees from Twitter, like https://switter.at


RoryG Thu 28 Jun 2018 10:37AM

Topic Proposal: Platform Coops

I know we've chatted about them a bit but I reckon they are still quite new to many people. In short: platform coops are a worker operated alternative to the new breed of gig economy apps that are taking over the world of casual/short-term work e.g. Deliveroo, Uber, TaskRabbit.


So far I've not seen any good documentary videos on the topic, there are plenty of talks / lectures though.


Nick S Thu 22 Nov 2018 10:32AM

Topic Proposal: Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

This is a book by Douglas Rushkoff, which ideally I'll have finished reading before running this.

His keynote at SXSW 2016 is a ~1h summary of it, and I think it is a good exposition of one particular angle on why P2P/Commons Transition is important, although he doesn't call it that. The connection as I see it is through the need to shift our economic goal away from individual/corporate profit, to building various kinds of commons (whilst preventing gatekeepers from appropriating it).


My search also finds a talk he gave at Google, explicitly on his book's premise, which might be an alternative video (but I haven't watched this one so far):