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Michel Bauwens (born 21 March 1958) is a Belgian Peer-to-Peer theorist and an active writer, researcher and conference speaker on the subject of technology, culture and business innovation. Michel Bauwens is a theorist in the emerging field of P2P theory and director and founder of the P2P Foundation, a global organization of researchers working in collaboration in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has authored a number of essays, including his seminal thesis The Political Economy of Peer Production.
Bauwens regularly lectures internationally on P2P theory, the Commons and their potential for social change. In September 2014 he gave a keynote at the DeGrowth Conference in Leipzig, Germany on "The Transition to a Sustainable Commons Society in Ecuador and beyond".
In the first semester of 2014 Bauwens was research director with the FLOK (Free Libre Open Knowledge) Society at IAEN, the National Institute of Advanced Studies of Ecuador. The FLOK Society developed a first of its kind Commons Transition Plan for the Ecuadorian government. Over fifteen policy papers the plan outlines policy proposals for transitioning Ecuador to what is described as a social knowledge economy based on the creation and support of open knowledge commons. One version of the plan is available online.
In 2012 Bauwens co-authored a report for Orange Labs titled "A Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy". That same year he was nominated and included on the Post Growth Institute Enrich List – a parody of the Forbes List of Billionaires that aims to highlight influential post growth thinkers "whose collective contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures".
Bauwens was an external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (2008, 2012).
In The Political Economy of Peer Production Bauwens regards p2p phenomena as an emerging alternative to capitalist society, although he argues that "Peer production is highly dependent on the market for peer production produces use-value through mostly immaterial production, without directly providing an income for its producers." However, Bauwens goes on to argue that the interdependence is mutual: the capitalist system and market economies are also dependent on p2p production, particularly on distributed networks of information processing and production. Consequently, p2p economy may be seen as extending or already existing outside the sphere of free/open source software production and other non-rival immaterial goods.
This idea is explored also in the essay Peer to Peer and Human Evolution that expands the P2P meme beyond computer technology. It argues that egalitarian networking is a new form of relationship that is emerging throughout society, and profoundly transforming the way in which society and human civilization is organised. The essay argues that this new form of non-representational democracy is a crucial ingredient in finding the solutions to current global challenges; as well as a new and progressive ethos representing the highest aspirations of the new generations.
- 2013, "De wereld redden Met peer-to-peer naar een postkapitalistische samenleving", by Michel Bauwens and Jean Lievens, Houtekiet , ISBN 9789089242549
- 2014, "Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy", by Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9781137415066
- 2015, "Sauver le monde, Vers une société post-capitaliste avec le peer-to-peer", by Michel Bauwens and Jean Lievens, Les liens qui libèrent preface by Bernard Stiegler (at editionslesliensquiliberent), ISBN 979-10-209-0183-5
- Peer-to-Peer Relationality by Michel Bauwens, 4 March 2012, published on blog.p2pfoundation.net
- 2014, "From the Communism of Capital to Capital for the Commons: Towards an Open Co-operativism", Bauwens, Michel and Vasilis Kostakis, Triple-C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 12(1)
- "P2P Foundation:About". p2pfoundation.net.
- Michel Bauwens (2005-01-12). "The Political Economy of Peer Production". Ctheory.
- "The Transition to a Sustainable Commons Society in Ecuador and beyond - Events - Degrowth 2014". degrowth.org.
- "Michel Bauwens colabora con el IAEN en proyecto estratégico" (in Spanish). Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales. 19 September 2013.
- "When the economy becomes collaborative". orange.com.
- "Michel Bauwens". The (En)Rich List.
- TechnoCalyps, Documentary by Frank Theys
- "Michel Bauwens". openDemocracy.
- Michel Bauwens. "A German Pirate Party could bring a European coalition". aljazeera.com.
- Gene Marks, This Week In Small Business: The Employer Mandate, New York Times, (July 8, 2013).
- Dirk Holemans. "Opinie: Scheer deelinitiatieven als Autopia en Uber niet over dezelfde kam - Opinie - De Morgen". De Morgen.
- "What Burning Man Can Teach Us About Living in Community". Living Green Magazine.
- Michel Bauwens (2005-06-15). "Peer to Peer and Human Evolution" (PDF). Institute of Network Cultures.
- The Foundation for P2P Alternatives (official site)
- P2P: A blueprint for the future? - Interview by Richard Poynder,3 September 2006, published on poynder.blogspot.com
- Interview with Michel Bauwens - Interview by Prodromos Tsiavos, University of Oslo, spring 2008 (video, 30 min)
- De meest inspirerende belg - "The most inspiring Belgian", Interview, published by één, Café Corsari, 16 October 2013, in Belgian (video, 10 min)