Fri 1 Jan 2016 10:05PM

Hello! Introduce yourselves!

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Welcome to new members, we are glad to meet you virtually and pleased at your interest in joining our conversation. If you would, please do introduce yourselves (new members), the short notes you wrote when joining this group were all so interesting that we don't want others to miss out on the diverse stories and backgrounds of our newest members. Once again, welcome and as it's January 1, Happy New Year!


John Ingleby Sat 2 Jan 2016 2:31PM

Hello, I am retired and living in Kings Langley, UK. I am Secretary of Grand Union Community Energy (http//www.guceltd.org) a non-profit community energy society (type of co-op), and I actively participate in our local Transition Town group. I worked in IT for most of my career, and since about 2000 collaborated on a wiki (now sadly defunct) to help teachers make use of free/open source software. My last paid job was as part-time teacher of IT.

I was moved by the article by Alanna Krause describing how Enspiral developed into a truly collaborative network when the early crew let go of their roles. Still finding my way around!

Best wishes to all for 2016!



Danyl Strype Fri 8 Jan 2016 9:27AM

Kia ora John, you may be interested in checking out WikiEducator. Their main focus is generating and hosting Open Educational Resources (OER) under CreativeCommons licenses, but their parent body the OER Foundation is also committed to using and endorsing free code/ open source software.


Simon Grant Thu 14 Jan 2021 6:41AM

Who are the leading lights of WikiEducator right now, @Danyl Strype ? Looks like there's only a trickle of interest right now... And the latest OER Foundation "news" is from 2015


Danyl Strype Mon 15 Feb 2021 4:09AM

Wayne Macintosh and Dave Lane are the people involved that I've met, both based in Aotearoa (NZ). WikiEducator was the project the OERF was founded to umbrella but I believe they spend more time on the OER Universitas project these days, including hosting a demo online learning platform using free code.


John Ingleby Sat 2 Jan 2016 8:14PM

Forgot to add, one huge renewable resource keeps getting overlooked: relationships. John


Pablo P Sun 3 Jan 2016 3:43PM

Hi all, I cane upon the commons transition lookin through the p2p foundation, they had a very interesting article on the 15 trends of p2p in 2015. I am myself an university student involved with several cooperatives (environmental and housing) in my city, and thought that this could be a great forum to meet other people and know about what's going on.

Happy new year to you all!


Jake Hansen Mon 4 Jan 2016 12:59PM

Hi, we started an organization last year to create free/open electronics products as an alternative to the existing closed/proprietary solutions. Our most successful initiative to date is the creation of an open platform and ecosystem for health wearable devices, think of open source alternatives to FitBit, Jawbone, but aimed more at providing real solutions for specific use-cases for actual patients.

I am particularly interested how to earn money with "open" business models, as I see many free/open initiatives struggling to get money, depending on volunteering, people who still have 'normal' jobs to earn a living and I think we need to find a third solution: between the traditional "closed/profits" model, the new "open/poor" model, we need a model that favors sharing, but also allows the people involved to make a living and spend 100% of their working life on their passion and making the maximum impact.

And I am also co-editor of the new Creative Commons book.


Ellen Friedman Mon 4 Jan 2016 5:53PM

Hi all,

I've been studying the commons for the last 8 or so years. I'm a founding member of CommonSpark, a collective of commoners in Austin, Texas. We catalog and map commons and share commons-related content on Twitter (primarily). We're beginning to explore how to bring a commons transition to Austin and it's looking likely that we'll first focus on creating a food commons. I'm interested in cataloging commons in the Commons Transition wiki and contributing to the Law for the Commons wiki.

By trade, I'm a professional counselor with a specialty in behavioral sleep medicine.


Ellen Friedman Mon 4 Jan 2016 8:21PM

It's really great to meet you all. I look forward to our conversations.

Happy new year!


Alekos Pantazis Thu 7 Jan 2016 2:01PM

Hi all,
I am environmental engineer, having an experience in marine protected areas, I now am a research fellow of p2p lab (greece) working on projects like education and 3d printing and educational workshops about peer production in the greek islands. I am an activist for more than 15 years, lastly most on Degrowth and Commons movements.
Nice meeting you all :-)


Danyl Strype Fri 8 Jan 2016 9:32AM

I'm Danyl Strype, a professional volunteer for a range of environmental, social justice, independent media, and digital freedom causes. I blog and collect research on these causes at Disintermedia. I've co-founded a number of commons-orientated projects, from small ones like community newspapers and internet access cooperatives, to larger ones like Aotearoa Indymedia and CreativeCommons Aotearoa/NZ, and I'm currently working as the Web Team Coordinator for Permaculture in NZ.


Graham Fri 8 Jan 2016 10:02AM

I'm Graham Mitchell, and I've spent much of the last twenty five or so years working in, with and for cooperatives of various types, including setting up a worker cooperative in 1998 and a community-owned retail cooperative in 2009. The Commons is at the heart of the business models that we need to be developing now in order to create a future worth having. I'm currently working on a food business (nearly a platform cooperative) designed to both compete at scale and to rebuild local food economies. Already running in the US, Australia and NZ, we're aiming to launch this summer in the UK. Also developing and seeking interest in and support for an 'Open Cooperative Development Agency', which we call an Innovation Cooperative: more on that at http://networks.coop


Jose Ramos Sun 10 Jan 2016 12:10PM

Hi everyone

Thanks Stacco for the prompt. I'm melbourne based, but originally from LA / California. Mexican-American / Chicano.

Over the past 15 years I've been involved in network and community building through the melbourne social forum, local media initiatives and 'integrative' / leadership / sustainability education.

The last three years I helped create the footscray maker co-op. I have just recently launched futureslab.org which aims to support breakthrough social designs and innovation through a p2p and commoning process.

Michel Bauwens brought me into the p2p discourse. My phd work took a post structural orientation toward alternative globalisations - but then centered through the work of Bonaventura De Sousa Santos and epistemologies of the global south and subaltern visions and practice for alternative globalisation.


Jose Ramos Sun 10 Jan 2016 12:13PM

And what an amazing group of people, hello everyone! I'm loving reading your intros!


John Ingleby Mon 11 Jan 2016 12:40PM

Strypey, Thanks for the link to WikiEducator, where there is an impressive list of resources for education. I retired from teaching 3 years ago and since then been working on community shares as a way to raise funds for co-operative enterprises, such as community energy here in UK.


[deactivated account] Wed 20 Apr 2016 5:14AM

Hello all,

My name is Pedro and I am working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oulu. I am here because I very very disappointed with my academic life for many reasons. In a nutshell, the career is much more about self-reproduction than social applicability (and strongly related to privatize what should be public outputs).

I am nowadays search for people with similar mindset who believe that knowledge is commons.

I hope to find my place in this community and help in anything that I can.

All the best,


ps. About my academic career here
ps2. About a project that I am trying to carry out called Commons University Association


Danyl Strype Thu 21 Apr 2016 9:41AM

Welcome Pedro. The [OER Universitas], a project of the OER Foundation (steward organisation for the WikiEducator project mentioned above), could be a good partner for your 'Commons University Association' project.


Thomas Dönnebrink Thu 21 Apr 2016 6:47AM

Hi all like reading your intros. My name is Thomas Dönnebrink. My background is in education as language teacher and once founding CEO and headmaster of Germany Embassy School in Turkey. For about 4 years now OuiShare.net Connector Germany & Freelancer for 3 years. Based in Berlin. Interested in the Collaborative Economy especially from the angle of how it can contribute leading towards a new, sustainable and human economy and society. Involved in the convergence of ideas, networks and movements having an impact on changing the world for the better. Current main focus in on Old vs New Economy approaches (like http://de.slideshare.net/doennebrink/2014-1020f-civic-economy-slideshare), Paradigm/System change/shift, #SharingCities & #PlatformCooperativism #PlatformCoopBerlin (http://de.slideshare.net/doennebrink/platform-cooperativism-60904094).As Freelancer organizing and moderating events, involved in research, giving workshops, presentations, speeches, talks or counseling in these fields. Looking forward to great interaction and exchange here.


Jake Hansen Mon 9 May 2016 8:21AM

Amazing people here on the Commons Transitions Loomio! Where can we find each other, away from the keyboard (AFK)? I would like to get to know you better, not just via my screen.

I imagine there are some yearly internationally oriented events/fests/conferences where us interested in Commons (etc) get together. Of course there is the upcoming Ouishare Fest http://www.ouishare.net/en/events/ouishare-fest-16-7ca6dce9-38a2-46b8-8c79-f77bf0b4487d

Which other yearly international events are out there you regard as a typical get-together-opportunity?


Stacco Troncoso Mon 9 May 2016 8:25AM

Heya @jakehansen I'll be at OuishareFest and, a week after, at the D-Cent conference in Madrid. In September, the P2P Foundation organizing team will be at the upcoming Peer Value conference, which we're organizing. (more news about that soon)


Jake Hansen Mon 9 May 2016 3:35PM

Ah, yes D-Cent, I read about that one as well. Unfortunately I cannot attend them. I will be at Campus Party in NL around the same time (http://nl.campus-party.org/). Yes, please let me know more about Peer Value when you have that. Sounds interesting.


Nathan Williams Mon 6 Jun 2016 10:54PM

Hello Everyone,

My name is Nathan, I work in the charity sector in Cardiff Wales. I am currently setting up a commons based community interest company that aims to support charities and community groups to adopt commons based solutions to sustainability.

I have a particular interest around commons and peer to peer licensing and how this intersects with the practice and ethics of community work.


Zarinah Agnew Mon 13 Jun 2016 5:44PM

Hi team,

I am Zarinah, I am from London, but have set down roots in San Francisco for the last few years. I am a scientist by day at UCSF. I am part of a network of intentional communities aimed at contributing and maintaining the commons with @jessykate. our theory of change is that by living together, we garner surplus time, money and space. With this extra we can contribute this to commons based projects. I personally aim for projects that aim for systemic change (as opposed to dealing with symptoms). We are interested in creating new systems, new types of culture and norms, new ways of living as tribes, ways to 'self valorise' and studying pro and antisocial behaviour within these communities.

Very happy to be part of this group so thank you :)


Paul B. Hartzog Tue 14 Jun 2016 4:21PM

Hi all

Paul B. Hartzog, one of the coiners of the word "panarchy," is an independent scholar and hacker, and has taught at the University of Michigan's School of Information. Recipient of an NSF IGERT to study complex systems, he has a Masters in Globalization and Environmental Politics from the University of Utah, and a Masters in Political Theory from the University of Michigan. His work on panarchy hybridizes political philosophy/economy, network culture, complex systems, and critical social theory.

Not sure how active I will be but I wanted to see what is going on here :-)


Bob Haugen Wed 15 Jun 2016 12:08PM

Hey @paulbhartzog - fancy meeting you here! I looked around and I don't see intros by me and Lynn Foster. How did that happen? We must be sleeping.

We are http://mikorizal.org which should sorta introduce us. We are old people who live in a canyon in the woods of southwest Wisconsin USA and work on software for what we have called "the next economy", although that phrase is becoming so popular these days, we should really change it to "mutual collaboration economy" (hat tip to Michel Bauwens for the new name).

This is our grand scheme for connecting all of the P2P-oriented projects in the world into such a new economic system.


Nicolas Stampf Mon 20 Jun 2016 12:35PM

Hi all,
thanks for the invitation @michelbauwens1 and the acceptance @staccotroncoso !

I'm working as a strength-based efficiency coach in a big french corporation, but have been interested in P2P (and Commons by rebound) recently.

I'm a firm believer that people should foster local, social, ecological and thriving relationships based on their strengths (I co-created the Labso at http://www.labso.org for that purpose: open-sourced down to earth facilitation techniques aimed at liberating people's powers and help them start rolling).

I'm also a tea drinker, systems thinker, esperanto speaker, efficiency seeker (because it makes people free to do other things), incredibly curious and academics although lover of down-to-earth practical things, wanabee permaculture gardener (in a garden or of minds) and paradox lover as well :P, oh and an IT engineer (by training, though that's quite history now :) )

I blog at http://blog.appreciatingsystems.com/ with overflows on @nicolasstampf (Twitter & Medium).


Richard D. Bartlett Thu 30 Jun 2016 9:56AM

Hi everyone! I've been in this group for a while but neglected to introduce myself.

I'm Rich from Aotearoa New Zealand, one of the cofounders of Loomio so I'm pretty tickled to host y'all here! :blush:

My background is in engineering, arts, activism, and now software, socialist entrepreneurship, cooperatives, and a tiny bit of organisational change stuff.

In addition to being a Loomion I'm also an Enspiral member, catalyst, ambassador, fairy blogmother...

I love Commons Transition! Great to be in this community. Thanks for hosting @staccotroncoso :heart:


Paul B. Hartzog Thu 30 Jun 2016 4:27PM

Welcome, Richard. What's the best way to connect to you outside of Loomio? (@richarddbartlett)


Stacco Troncoso Fri 1 Jul 2016 10:24AM

Oy, thanks to everyone for being here!!!


Richard D. Bartlett Thu 30 Jun 2016 9:29PM

richdecibels on Twitter or rich@loomio.org ( rich@loomio.org ) :)


miguel novik Tue 26 Jul 2016 8:21AM

Hi all, I´m Chilean. I studied Commercial Engineering (Business and Economics) and worked for 20 years In the retail massive markets business. Part of my work was to travel to Asia and buy merchandise as cheap as possible and to present it the best way so customers would perceive the value of the products as high as possible.
Today I´m totally convinced that many ideas that I learned at the university are not necessarily true for all of us (eg. scarcity , irrational purchasing decisions).
My family and I moved to Israel almost 2 years ago, and since then I´ve been involved in coop movements, kibutzim, kabalah and people and groups that promote a more conscious and informed behavior in different aspects of life. The common idea that I would like to highlight from these experiences is that they understand the interrelationship and the links among all of us.
I have focused my reflection on our current trade worldwide dynamic. I´m working on creating a ¨ Commons Consumption Platform ¨ where we can share ownership of knowledge; this means supplier with open products´ recipes and customers, retailers and suppliers connected through a platform that shows the impact of our consumption decisions. With open product information and open dealings statistics, we create a NEW DYNAMIC IN COMMERCE.


Bridget Condon Tue 26 Jul 2016 10:01AM

Hi All,

Everyone calls me Bee. I studied Business, Economics, & Social Studies. I am a qualified management accountant. I have worked in the entertainment industry, most recently in film distribution. My experience being in finance and operations, setting up and running new org's, supporting & implementing international change projects. My last role was for Universal Pictures as VP Operational Finance for the International division.

Essentially my role was to contribute to and support our financial and operational strategies, taking all the best practices and theories and try to implement them in the organisation, supporting and communicating with stakeholders right across the business.

I recently moved to Amsterdam and I trying to find ways that I can contribute to the commons. I have been following the commons movement and am actively developing a commons 'mind'.

In practical terms the next steps for me to take is to attend the Peer Value Conference in Amsterdam in September, where hopefully I can meet some like-minded people, join the commons effort in Amsterdam, and see where my skills can best serve.

Please feel free to reach out let me know if I can help anywhere else.


Davide Poggio Tue 30 Aug 2016 6:08PM

Hi all - I have a background in environmental engineering and especially in biogas production at small-scale. I am now involved in a EU project (isabel-project.eu), which tries to develop and support local community biogas projects. I am really interested in the approach of open co-operatives and I would like to test it here in UK. I am thinking about local co-operatives which manage biowastes in a closed loop producing energy and food - and in turn creating common knowledge (open design, business plans, feasibility tools, monitoring and evaluation, etc.). Happy to connect and learn! Davide


Paul B. Hartzog Fri 2 Sep 2016 3:55PM

David, I'd really like to have a serious conversation with you via email. If you look at slide 11 of my Five Commons work ( http://www.slideshare.net/paulbhartzog/2010-the-five-commons ) you'll see that I'm interested in making commons(es) that feed into each other vis a vis using one system's "waste" as another system's "resource" (which is always true anyway).

Would be great if you could shoot an email to me: PaulBHartzog AT paulbhartzog DOT org



Jake Hansen Fri 2 Sep 2016 9:34AM

Hi Davide, welcome!

Who of you is at PeerValue today and/or tomorrow in Amsterdam? I saw some familiar names in the program. I will joint as audience tomorrohttp://peervalueconf.eu/


Davide Poggio Fri 2 Sep 2016 3:15PM

Hi Jake, thanks - yes I was supposed to go, unfortunately I could not make it last minute :((( I hope you are enjoying it


Antonis Triantafyllakis Fri 2 Sep 2016 10:35AM

I'm writing from the conference right now :)

Antonis Triantafyllakis


Jake Hansen Fri 2 Sep 2016 11:38AM

Is it a secretive insider conference? I am baffled to only find out about it yesterday night, even though being in contact with several related groups recently, including this one...


Hello, I have met a few people here already, I first saw @michelbauwens1 speak at the second Oekonux Conference 15 years ago and first met @josefdaviescoates 8 years ago at the fourth and last Oekonux Conference, @graham2 is a member of the co-op I work for which is a multi-stakeholder co-op the purpose of which is:

To enable the provision of internet based services for socially responsible groups and individuals, using free open source software wherever possible, in a manner that aims to minimise fossil fuel usage and ecological impacts and which also provides sustainable employment

I have also recently been involved with Co-operative Technologists which is where I saw mention of this Loomio group.


Michel Bauwens Thu 2 Mar 2017 6:08AM

has it been 15 years already ,

great to see you here,



Cheers @michelbauwens1 I know what you mean, seems so recent and in some ways so much has changed and in other ways things haven't, I wonder of some others from Oekonux could be persuaded to come here, I miss Graham, Alan and Jamie :smiley:


Michel Bauwens Fri 3 Mar 2017 7:28AM

feel free to invite them in if you have their emails!


Katja Henttonen Mon 6 Mar 2017 5:48AM

I just realized that I forgot to introduce myself when I joined last year. My name is Katja Henttonen and I am working as a specialist for VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. My educational background in in information systems technology and development informatics (ICT4D). I am hear to understand how I could best contribute to the commons transition. Happy to meet you all!


Michel Bauwens Mon 6 Mar 2017 6:46AM

welcome Katja, we very much welcome your contributions, and vice versa, if there's anything you need input on, we give it a try as well,



Steve Tue 21 Mar 2017 10:54PM

Also New here: Hello I'm in Canada. I'm a self taught programmer with Ethereum (heresy? I hope not). I am project coordinator in an architectural firm by day, by night working to implement decentralized solutions to best benefit commons transitions and OVN.

More: I attended a Sensorica meetup a few years back, that got me interested in programming to solve -decentralized- construction problems


Maija Faehnle Mon 10 Apr 2017 6:04PM

Hi all! I'm Maija Faehnle, currenly working with urban civic activism and bottom-up collaborative economy at the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. Together with my collague Pasi Mäenpää, we're doing action research with the aim to help especially governmental organizations enable constructive civic activism and use it as a resource, https://kaupunkiaktivismi.wordpress.com/in-english/. Commons transition is an essential theme in our work. Together with Katja Henttonen and others, we are establishing a Finnish network for actors dealing with new economies including approaches of solidarity and commons economy and sharing economy.


Draft Mon 19 Jun 2017 1:38PM

Hi there !

I am 27, I love music, travelling, games, and share things with others :D

I am currently on a world trip. The purpose of my journey is to meet local activists to share our different experiences on the field. The objectives are :
- To create common resources about our experiences and our knowledge that anyone can use in the whole world.
- To create links between all the activists of the world who want to open their projects to permit anyone to contribute to them.
- To use common digital tools to improve everyone’s intern and extern communication and permit anyone to take part of a project even if he’s far away or don’t know the person in the project.
- To make videos about the original places I see and mixe them with my personnal knowledge about the commons.

I was in Lille working with the commons Assembly, so I know commons and the purpose of your project.

I hope we will be able to build our shared dream of a society based on commons together ;)

See you in a bit, I have a lot of questions/thread to discuss on my mind !


Stacco Troncoso Thu 15 Mar 2018 11:47AM

We've had a bunch of new sign ups, so I'm pinning this at the top for visibility. Say hello if you haven't so already! :slight_smile:


Michel Bauwens Thu 15 Mar 2018 2:27PM

you may have noticed my twitter/fb postings on this

Maybe related, maybe not, but welcome to all!


Liam Murphy Thu 15 Mar 2018 3:25PM

HI, I'm a freelance writer and business man and am setting up a new initiative I call 'CultureBanking' alongside organising a commons themed symposium. CultureBanking is a response to the CopyFair concerns of P2P and aims to create a commons of trade-able cultural assets, which can be owned, or part-owned collectively, for the common benefit of a specific place. My background is in 'arts' generally, having worked as an artist, writer and 'gallerist' and run 4 successful businesses since I first graduated in 1998 in Cultural Studies, where I got very interested in public art, gift economies and community development, studying Mauss's The Gift in detail, getting interested in LETS, SOUP movements etc. I did a 'Creative Entrepreneurship' MA last year and am now putting the research into practice. Open to collaborations and apologies for not introducing myself earlier - before wading into several threads! Fairly typical...! LM


Jay Cumberland Fri 30 Mar 2018 7:10PM

Hi everyone! I'm a second year law student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. I'm the founder of the Alliance for Sustainable Economies at the law school, a legal intern at the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, and soon-to-be a research assistant for Sheila Foster, the Georgetown Law professor working with Christian Iaione on theorizing the city itself as a commons. I'm originally from Jackson, Mississippi and much of my interest in the city as a commons derives from the work of Cooperation Jackson there. Currently, I'm interested in how to organize the city as a commons and spread urban commons in cities without accelerating gentrification. I'm drawing on Fred Moten and Stefano Harvey's concept of the undercommons to help me understand how this could be accomplished. Looking forward to reading the threads in this Loomio group and learning from you all!


Bob Haugen Fri 30 Mar 2018 7:19PM

Welcome @jaycumberland ! Are you still working with Cooperation Jackson, too?

@lynnfoster and I have been working a bit with the Mutual Aid Network in Madison WI. Kali Akuno of Jackson attented a couple of events in Madison, and I think a contingent from Madison plans to visit Jackson some time this year. Lots of changes happening!


Jay Cumberland Fri 30 Mar 2018 7:24PM

I actually left Jackson before Cooperation Jackson began, so I've never worked with them personally. I'm simply inspired by them and focusing my research on them at the moment.


Greg Cassel Fri 30 Mar 2018 7:32PM

Better late than never: Hi all, I'm a p2p networking designer and I've been a contributor to Enspiral, P2P Foundation and Value Flows. I'm a cofounder of The Library of the Commons and an organizer for Atlanta's Holochain Meetups, including this event next week.

All of my officially released design work is openly licensed, and much of it is hyperlinked in P2P Modular Organization. My distinctive design priorities are prominent in Developing P2P Networking and Nonlinear Dialogue.

I'm devoted to the unrealized Open App Ecosystem vision, and I'm broadly pursuing its (direct or indirect) manifestation via distributed app systems such as Holochain. The Commons Transition Primer is my #1 general intro to p2p and commons ideas, and I'm very glad to be in this group!


Michel Bauwens Fri 30 Mar 2018 8:54PM

great to see you here Jay,

I spent some time in Madison too

Michel Bauwens, http://commonstransition.org/changing-societies-through-urban-commons-transitions/


Bob Haugen Fri 30 Mar 2018 10:05PM

Yeah, Michel came from halfway around the word (Thailand) to introduce us to Stephanie Rearick of the Mutual Aid Network and some other people in Madison which is 2 hours away from us, whom we had not met before...


Michel Bauwens Sat 31 Mar 2018 4:40PM

sometimes it takes outsiders to bring together insiders


Gabriela Avram Mon 2 Apr 2018 10:05AM

Hi, I'm Gabriela Avram from Limerick, Ireland. I work as lecturer in Interaction Design at the University of Limerick. I did research on FOSS between 2004 and 2008. I have a strong involvement in local communities as activist and researcher. I have been following the work of the P2P Foundation for several years. Last year I attended the OpenCoop conference, which was a real eye opener for me. I am currently chairing a COST action dedicated to the study of the Collaborative Economy titled Sharing and Caring.


Michel Bauwens Tue 3 Apr 2018 8:27AM

glad to see you here!!


Mike Gifford Tue 3 Apr 2018 1:01PM

I'm based in Ottawa, Canada. Have a web development company https://openconcept.ca/ that specializes in open source software & https://www.drupal.org/ more specifically. I've been spearheading the accessibility of the Drupal community for most of the last decade.

I'm also active in Civic Tech communities like http://ottawacivictech.ca and promote more open government where I can. Reminding folks that all the open things rely on open source and open standards.

I also take a bunch of pictures, & put them out under a creative commons license https://www.flickr.com/photos/mgifford/


Michel Bauwens Tue 3 Apr 2018 4:55PM

welcome aboard Mike!



Alex Soto Thu 21 Jun 2018 5:05AM

Hi all, my name is Alex from Mexico City, Mexico. My passion is the synergy in favor of sustainability.
I have worked on issues of Social Entrepreneurship (impact + sustainable income model), generating content to generate awareness and mentoring projects at very early stages.
Now my interest is more in urbanism issues. I am attracted to the concept of the city as a open common and the application of distributed ledger technology to generate self-government in terms of production and consumption. In short, I want to encourage people to share their resources.
I am relatively new in the matter of the 'Common Transition', but I found a personal gold mine and I am willing to dedicate my life to it.
So I am at your disposal for what I can contribute. :)


Michel Bauwens Sat 30 Jun 2018 8:31AM

great to get to know you, dear Alex,

personally, I'm always happy to find people to contribute to our wiki knowledge commons

you will be interested as well in the report I will be writing this summar with alex pazaites on precisely "the application of distributed ledger technology to generate self-government in terms of production "

should be ready in September,



Alex Soto Thu 12 Jul 2018 5:01PM

Yeah! That report sounds amazing! I'm still trying to understand some of the technicalities, but I love the social implications! Right now I'm reading the ebook from "From Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond" by David Bollier and John Clippinger where they mention something of the "self-sovereignty". I'll keep with the reading :)

Thank you for the space


Michel Bauwens Fri 13 Jul 2018 5:53AM

ok, thanks for keeping us posted on your progress!


Alex Soto Tue 15 Jan 2019 8:35PM

Hi Michel, I hope you're well! I was wondering if I would end up publishing the paper on "the application of distributed ledger technology to generate self-government in terms of production". I would love to know more about the topic.
Thanks :)


Michel Bauwens Wed 16 Jan 2019 9:05AM

I have forgotten if you are referring to something you have written (as you say 'I'), or to our own recent publication ?

Our nearly finished draft is here at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hGzAAv9RRiVP3N7yhCDNPUMTYRbW-bQXJT6D3urVy34/edit#heading=h.2xoieuagyj0i


Bob Haugen Wed 16 Jan 2019 1:34PM

@michelbauwens1 lotta work been done since I last saw that document. Gotta study it again. Thanks for the reminder.


mike_hales Wed 1 Aug 2018 8:48AM

I've been contributing here for a few months but only just getting round to an introduction. Things develop fast!. For almost 50 years I've been active as an 'organic intellectual' or 'radical professional' activist, a libertarian socialist of the baby-boomer generation. My fields of work have been in the chemical industry (70s), regional economic development (Greater London Council 80s), human-centred design/participatory design/computer supported cooperative work (90s) and national systems of innovation/management of innovation/post-Fordism (90s),

No longer employed :slight_smile: I'm active in 'legacy' fields - though I see the work as ongoing R&D in radical practice.The P2P-commons movement looks to me like the most important thing to have developed in my lifetime. I'm simultaneously involved in social.coop, a 'civil economy' reading group around radical economist Robin Murray, and a historical project around 'radical science' and related post-Fordist radical-professional movements in the professional-managerial class across two generations. A new website attempts to show how these R&D projects weave into the fabric of commoning, centred in work on a pattern language for commoning..


Sarah Houseman Wed 29 Aug 2018 6:55AM

I am midway through a PhD at La Trobe University, exploring the experience and practices of non-hierarchical governance. My case studies are the Enspiral Foundation, Sustainable Economies Law Centre, The Pachamama Alliance and Friends of the Earth Melbourne. Work as educator, org. leader and entrepreneur. Blog https://wordpress.com/view/sarahhousemansite.wordpress.com, twitter @housemansp Love these connections, intersections and overlaps. @michelbauwens1 I wonder whether you will still be in Melbourne on the 22nd September ?


Michel Bauwens Wed 29 Aug 2018 12:36PM

Dear Sarah,

the 22nd is my last 'free day' in Melbourne, and I do need some rest in between my very busy schedule,

what did you have in mind ?



Sarah Houseman Fri 31 Aug 2018 2:13AM

Hello Michel. Nothing concrete in mind, just the desire to connect with you and talk about shifts in this 'territory'. Unfortunately I am out of Melbourne from 15th -22nd.


Michel Bauwens Fri 31 Aug 2018 5:37AM

ah sorry we will miss each other,

an alternative is to have a skype via p2pfound1, either before sept 9, or to plan after oct 3,



Sarah Houseman Fri 31 Aug 2018 5:39AM

Good idea. Now connected I will make contact when i am clearer - after Oct 3rd.


Michel Bauwens Fri 31 Aug 2018 5:41AM



Phil Green Tue 25 Sep 2018 3:18PM

Hi all, I'm Phil from Kent, England. I work on a wiki: Community action for sustainability: http://www.appropedia.org/Community_action_for_sustainability
started 2004. This is a fairly overview sort of angle to come at this from but includes interest in commons, along with many other topics.

Also in a way the content of the wiki might be viewed as some sort of information / knowledge commons or at least the beginnings of one, about how local communities can improve quality of life for all within their localities?

I hope at least some of you might see at least some overlap or shared interest with what you're involved in.


Kimberley Bianca Thu 25 Oct 2018 8:55AM

Hi there, I'm Kimberley from Australia. I'm currently doing my masters distributed curating of electronic art events. I've been working as director of Electrofringe, a small but 20 year old festival, in distributing the leadership roles with artists and greater community. We've been doing this online and F2F through meetups. My masters research identifies new ways of sharing agency with others, new ways of using proprietary and open-source infrastructures for supporting distributed curation, and producing a Wiki toolkit to support the process of innovating Electrofringe. Although our events have been primarily brick-and-mortar, P2P theory is applied in every way possible :) I've now passed on the organisation to a new leadership team whom I hope will continue on the mission. Next project I would like to get going is a community for electronic art in riot.im which run satellite meetups all over the world :) I also VJ for parties and make some interactive art.


Kimberley Bianca Thu 25 Oct 2018 8:56AM

Hi there, I'm Kimberley from Australia. I'm currently doing my masters distributed curating of electronic art events. I've been working as director of Electrofringe, a small but 20 year old festival, in distributing the leadership roles with artists and greater community. We've been doing this online and F2F through meetups. My masters research identifies new ways of sharing agency with others, new ways of using proprietary and open-source infrastructures for supporting distributed curation, and producing a Wiki toolkit to support the process of innovating Electrofringe. Although our events have been primarily brick-and-mortar, P2P theory is applied in every way possible :) I've now passed on the organisation to a new leadership team whom I hope will continue on the mission. Next project I would like to get going is a community for electronic art in riot.im which run satellite meetups all over the world :) I also VJ for parties and make some interactive art.


The hOEP Project Mon 10 Jun 2019 5:55PM

I am Steve Whetstone https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevewhetstone/ Founder of The hOEP Project (hOurs Equals Price) https://sites.google.com/view/the-hoep-project/home I have a listing on the P2P foundation at https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/User:ThehOEPproject_(hOurs_Equals_price) I want to share with you a completely voluntary, highly profitable, non-government, free market place solution to solve poverty, politics and Other.

I've been reading your work and I like a lot of your ideas and approach. You have a lot of insight into areas i've been exploring from a different angle. I want to reach out to you and request your time and attention (which will be counted as investment credit in the hOEP Project (hOurs Equals Price) if you reply. Your reply will constitute human verifiable proof that you spent 15 minutes to read this and reply. You will be eligible for 15 minutes of personalized time credit share in the project and decision making and can re-spend your time on goods and services where offered by the seller.

I've been exploring the theoretical and economic evolution that would result from introducing into any free market a "smart price tag". The smart price tag design and protocols allows buyers and sellers to agree on an alternative price formulae and final purchase price for any good or service so that different people are charged different amounts on an individualized basis. With this price tag a seller could offer a mixed price in dollars and any other abstract verifiable metric such as utility value. The abstracted metric would be converted into dollars only for convenience at the cash register. For example, a seller could offer an alternative price discount based on units of "hours of your personal time" as an abstracted metric for use in sale and the smart price tag would accept and negotiate a $/hr exchange rate for calculating a final price at the cash register. In practical use, this would allow a price tag to be written as "$25 + 1hr" where the "1hr" portion is converted into dollars based on persons individualized $/hr rate. So a person earning $10/hr would pay "$25 + 1hrX$10/hr = $35". Another person earning $50/hr would pay "$25 + 1hrX$50/hr = $75" for the same item. A very rich person who's time is worth $500/hr would pay "$25 + 1hrX$500/hr = $525" for the product item being sold. When used cleverly in a free market, this pricing strategy allows a seller to make money and reduce financial inequality at the same time as a side effect of sellers seeking individualized profit. I'm working on the economics of how to make the most profit using this technology while reducing financial and other forms of inequality as a side effect of sellers and buyers seeking individualized profit. The Smart price tag can also be p2p individualized to let buyers or sellers propose and use their own custom metrics in price tags. A seller or buyer could offer to buy and sell things at a price based on a persons carbon footprint or community reputation, or dollars or personal time or hour of the day or any other human verifiable metric which can be used as a number in a price tag pricing formulae. My work is exploring how the technology of a smart price tag can profitably be used by sellers and buyers who choose to accept it freely as a pricing setting exchange mechanism in a free market with the assumption that if it makes personal profit in some market situations then buyers and sellers will use it to some degree.

I apologize if this is the incorrect format or method of reaching out to you. If this is unwanted information or at the wrong place or wrong format, I will spend an equal amount of my time under your direction to remedy my mistake. If this is an acceptable way to engage with you directly, and the topic warrants your time and attention, I would humbly request an additional 1 hour of your time or ask what you would charge me to buy 1 hour of your personalized time and attention for this matter. Would you agree to an exchange rate of 2 hours of my time for 1 hour of your time? (hint, you can ask me to read something for 2 hours and verify my time was spent as promised by having me complete a form or answer questions from you about what I read?). If you found this worth reading and worth your time already and want to continue to invest I would ask you to consider just the first page with the slideshow link and p2p survey questionnaire discussed on the first page of the new contributor orientation and intro at ∴% hOEP + (hOurs Equals Price) + on-boarding (start here) @ https://goo.gl/mg4WLK . The survey linked to in the first page of the document includes a question for you to fill in how much time you contributed to the project, your $/hr rate, and a test to verify you spent your time reading, reasoning, and writing on the topic. The form results are your receipt and can be used to verify your time and attention as investment shares and re-spendable value time. I request, from you, a public (anonymous) quote on the slideshow survey and material that I can use to share with others if you are willing to publicly answer the questions about the project that ask for advice and feedback.


Michel Bauwens Tue 11 Jun 2019 5:13AM

thanks Kimberly and Steve.

Steve, for personal correspondence, my email is michelsub2004 in gmail,

I'll be mostly not available until june 23,



Michel Bauwens Tue 10 Sep 2019 1:43PM

Dear Steve,

Not sure to whom this is addressed.

This forum is normally moderated and was set up by @Stacco Troncoso ( staccotroncoso@p2pfoundation.net ) who set up our Loomio forums with Ann Marie Ultratel and who manage commonstransition.org ( http://commonstransition.org )

Perhaps they can publish this on one of our 2 blogs which they edit.

For me moment, and for some considerable time, I am not personally engaging with 'projects' , due to an overwhelming workload myself, but I / we can always help with diffusion,



Jeff Regino Tue 11 Jun 2019 7:19PM

Hi everyone, I'm Jeff, based in the Philippines.

I'm planning to crowdfund my project, PlatformX, the world's first worker-led online jobs platform of its kind. Hope you can support and share this with your friends! I share my ultra-ambitious vision and mission here: http://bit.ly/2KJWbxN

It's a platform cooperative hybrid/cooperative-social enterprise hybrid using the FairShares multi-stakeholder model. My volunteer advisors include Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation), Cliff Southcombe (UK; Social Enterprise Int'l), and Sion Whellens (UK; SolidFund)

My ideal country of incorporation is New Zealand. NZ plans to create a new legal structure: Impact Company, and I'd like to be one of the world's first to use that structure.

As a lifelong Boy Scout, I inherently have a lot of interest in using and integrating commons, cooperative, and social enterprise approaches and principles to my initiatives to contribute to a faster transition to a much, much better world.


Michel Bauwens Tue 10 Sep 2019 1:45PM

have you connected with @Trebor Scholz ( r.treborscholz@gmail.com ) and @Nathan Schneider ( nathan@therowboat.com ) of the platform coop movement ?

(cc @Sarah.de Heusch @smart.coop ( sarah.de.heusch@smart.coop ) )


Jeff Regino Tue 10 Sep 2019 8:09PM

Yes, I have connected with Trebor. I may try to connect with Nathan again. Thanks for sharing the emails!


pablogrod Mon 24 Jun 2019 9:12PM

Hi everybody! My name is Pablo. I born and live in Argentina. I am social anthropologist, PhD in Social Sciences, activist in FairCoop, the Economy for the Common Good Movement (ECG) and Extinction Rebellion (XR). I also support the free Software movement. I use to consult P2PF wiki, the CommonStrategies web site and also read several books and articles authored by M. Bauwens, D. Kliner, Kostakis, Bollier and others, and I confess I find some concepts hard to understand, specially when the text does not give examples.
I participate in a local solidarity market with a social cryptomoney (monedapar). I also founded the Free Chair of New Economies at my local University (http://www.clineunlp.wordpress.com/) to spread the word of new economies and help practitioners to connect with one another. I hope this group can help me understand some ideas and know more experiences.


Michel Bauwens Tue 25 Jun 2019 1:49PM

thanks Pablo and Jeff, for these personal details about your engagement,



miguel novik Tue 25 Jun 2019 7:36PM

hola Pablo. Interesante conocer cuáles son tus dudas..Personalmente en este forum he encontrado ¨una identificación emocional¨ en contra de la palabra mercado, pero personalmente no imagino todavía un mundo sin transacciones. Cada uno participa en la producción de un tipo de bien y tenemos que intercambiarlos de acuerdo a nuestras necesidades... Encantado si hablamos. miguelnovik@doragroup.net o +972584881158


Ana Rosa Fri 6 Sep 2019 7:58AM

Hi there!
I am Ana Rosa, raised in the Brazilian Amazon area (Marabá-Pará), currently PhD student in Germany and a podcaster with Apenã (a podcast in Portuguese language to bring important topics for the Diverse, Social Just and Regenerative tomorrow we need to build - https://medium.com/apen%C3%A3 https://soundcloud.com/apenan).
I support Indigenous movements, we just started a project of meliponiculture (native bee keeping) with a Kayapó community and we're currently open for crowdfunding (https://www.catarse.me/melindigena).
I am super happy to get connected with more people who want to actively contribute in the Regenerative world we need to build :)


Michel Bauwens Fri 6 Sep 2019 11:44AM

glad to see you here!



Ana Rosa Tue 10 Sep 2019 1:52PM

Thank you!
Nice to see you here as well! :)
I guess I'll find great conversations here in loomio! :)


Michel Bauwens Tue 10 Sep 2019 1:56PM

I'm unfortunately not very active here,

but @Stacco Troncoso ( staccotroncoso@p2pfoundation.net ) and @Ann Marie ( annmarie@p2pfoundation.net ) are moderating,



Oli SB Fri 6 Mar 2020 10:45AM

Hi All, I'm Oli from The Open Co-op (we also have a Loomio group where we are discussing plans for our event in June - OPEN 2020). Our purpose is to build a world-wide community of individuals and organisations committed to the creation of a collaborative, sustainable economy.

If you are interested in discussing ideas about cooperation, open source, decentralization, and helping to co-create the new economy please join us in London in June - early bird tickets are available until next week 11th March - hope to see you all there! :) @Stacco Troncoso and several other commoners will be there...


Ana Rosa Mon 9 Mar 2020 1:52PM

Hi @Oli SB !
It's great to hear about The Open Co-op!
I'm just starting to work with Amazonian native bees in Brazil and want to do so in a collective way, to strength the sustainable economy in my region!
I'll keep my eyes open, I'm sure I can learn heaps with you!



Neil Ballantyne Sat 9 Jan 2021 8:44PM

Kia ora colleagues. My day job is as a lecturer in social work at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (although I'm a Scottish immigrant to Aotearoa). As part of that work I helped move the journal of the Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers (in publication since the 60s) to an open source, open access platform. Our readership in the commons has increased exponentially. So, I'm partly interested in the knowledge commons and want to encourage sharing of teaching resources too (though my institution is less interested in that). One of my other hats is secretary of the local Workers' Educational Association and in that role I'm very interested in raising community awareness in commoning and the commons. From a political point of view I recently came across the Second Convivialist Manifesto and I'm deeply impressed with what the signatories (including Noam Chomsky) are trying to do with this document, so, keen to encourage debate and discussion about it. That's all for now. Look forward to reading more about all of your projects.


Michel Bauwens Wed 13 Jan 2021 9:14AM

hello to both Ana and Neil,

due to time constraints I'm not very active on Loomio

so just to let you know we do very active curation here at https://www.facebook.com/groups/p2p.open/

we may not stay in that platform in the future but for now we are still there,



Simon Grant Thu 14 Jan 2021 6:52AM

Hello everyone -- so many friends here, and I never introduced myself! And I notice that I'm doing so at a time when, for whatever reason, this group is very low in activity. Loomio as a whole seems low in activity. I don't understand why. Does anyone in the Loomio team keep logs of overall usage? Anyway, I'm Simon -- and many of you know me already. I'm from north-west England, but now living in Flanders, Belgium, the native country both of @Michel Bauwens and my maternal grandmother. I've done a lot of work for the P2P Foundation Wiki, currently engaged in a couple of R&D project bids for P2PF, and looking to play an active part in moving on and reconstituting the P2PF research network. My particular strong interest right now is knowledge commons, and how to get them to work sustainably -- I mean sustainably in terms of human engagement, more than technical energy consumption, though that's important too.


Michel Bauwens Thu 14 Jan 2021 7:06AM

Dear Simon,

In my rather long experience as curator and moderator, I have noticed that any forum is like a garden, it needs a gardener, For it to live, it needs people that care for it, that respond. If people don't respond, and there is no one that specifically care for promoting it, forums don't become alive ...

Unfortunately, because my own high workload, I have never been able to take on Loomio as an extra duty, and no one else really ever stepped in