Book Launch: Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto

Blogpost originally published at p2pfoundation

Introduction by Enlivening Edge Magazine:

Peer to Peer offers an alternative to traditional organizational forms. Enlivening Edge Magazine has published a number of articles about it so our readers can explore and connect with those involved. This book provides an overview of the movement which reinvents many aspects of society.

(from the publisher’s website, bolding added)

“…P2P is a type of social relations in human networks with progressive potential and a technological infrastructure that makes the scaling up of such relations possible.

…P2P’s role as an enabler of a new mode of production and allocation, with the potential for a transition to an economy that can actually support and nurture people and the environment.”

WHEN: 21st March 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: University of Westminster (Room UG05); 309 Regent St; Marylebone, London W1B 2HT; UK
COST: Free

Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis & Alex Pazaitis (P2P Foundation) –Book Launch of Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto (University of Westminster Press)

Not since Marx identified the manufacturing plants of Manchester as the blueprint for the new capitalist society has there been a more profound transformation of the fundamentals of our social life. As capitalism faces a series of structural crises, a new social, political and economic dynamic is emerging: peer to peer.

What is peer to peer? Why is it essential for building a commons-centric future? How could this happen? These are the questions this seminar tries to answer.

(further from the publisher’s website)

Using a political economy framework this book in the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies series discusses various cases exemplifying P2P commons-oriented value models.

Not only does the book discuss the role of digital technologies in society, it aims to critically intervene through proposals for a commons transition strategy.

In this way it illustrates how state, market and civil society can learn to build more inclusive and sustainable institutions beyond digital capitalism.


Michel Bauwens is the Founder of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of commons-based peer production, governance, and property.

Vasilis Kostakis is the Professor of P2P Governance at Tallinn University of Technology and Faculty Associate at Harvard University. He is also Visiting Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Vasilis is the founder of the P2P Lab and core member of the P2P Foundation.

Alex Pazaitis is a Core Member of the P2P Lab and a Junior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department, Tallinn University of Technology.

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