Michel Bauwens

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Michel Bauwens
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Michel Bauwens in 2013
Born (1958-03-21) March 21, 1958 (age 57)
Belgium
Occupation Activist, Director and Founder of the P2P Foundation
Website http://p2pfoundation.net

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.[1] He has authored a number of essays, including his seminal thesis The Political Economy of Peer Production.[2]


Biography[edit]

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".[3]

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.[4] 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".[5] 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".[6]

Bauwens was an external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (2008, 2012).

With Frank Theys, Bauwens is the co-creator of the 2006 documentary TechnoCalyps, an examination of transhumanism and the 'metaphysics of technology'.[7]

Bauwens has written for Open Democracy[8] and Al Jazeera[9] and has been mentioned by the New York Times,[10] De Morgen,[11] and Living Green Magazine.[12] He currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

P2P theory[edit]

In The Political Economy of Peer Production[2] 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."[2] 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.[13] 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.

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Essays[edit]

Reports[edit]

A Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy. By Michel Bauwens, Nicolas Mendoza and Franco Iacomella, et al. Orange Labs and P2P Foundation, 2012.[5]

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