The Foundation for P2P Alternatives

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We study the impact of Peer to Peer technology and thought on society.


"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete" - Buckminster Fuller [1]


Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. - Margaret Mead [2]


Towards an Open and Autonomous Internet and Society


P2P in a Nutshell

an easy way to discover the ideas of the P2P Foundation, compiled by Mauro Bieg.
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What is the P2P Foundation all about?

  • The Gordon Cook Interview series: 1 ; 2 ; 3 ; 4 ; 5


Introduction to the shape of the new p2p economy:

  1. new collaborative practices are emerging [3]
  2. undertaken by a new type of 'ethical' economic agents, [4]
  3. who are mutualizing their productive forces [5]
  4. practicing 'open' (i.e. IP-free) business models [6]
  5. with access to new types of distributed funding [7]
  6. and are change institutions accordingly through Law and Policy
  7. aided by,New value metrics and accounting practices [8]
  8. P2P infrastructures for cooperation [9] and distributed manufacturing [10]


Our aims

We function as a clearinghouse for open/free, participatory/p2p and commons-oriented initiatives.

We aim to be a pluralist network to document, research, and promote peer to peer alternatives. Our political aims could be summarized under the following maxims:

  1. ending the destruction of the biosphere by abandoning the dangerous conceptions of pseudo-abundance in the natural world (i.e. based on the assumption that natural resources are infinite);
  2. promoting free cultural exchange by abandoning the innovation-inhibiting conceptions of pseudo-scarcity in the cultural world (i.e. based on the assumption that the free flow of culture needs to be restricted through excessive copyrights etc...).

Can we help you? How to support us?

  1. How you can help us?; How To Contribute; How to Write for our Wiki; P2P Foundation Wiki Requested Articles
  2. We are conducting P2P Seminars to assist individuals, organizations and society at large in their efforts to adapt to the new participative world based on social innovation. See the Testimonials page for some reactions. And here is a version of our slide presentation at Slideshare
  3. Support the P2P Foundation by buying your books at our Bookstore
  4. Why is participation to the P2P Foundation not totally open?
  5. Important notice on COPYRIGHT: Fair Use Notice

Our Platform

The Foundation

Our Ideas

  1. About The Foundation [11]
  2. Our Understanding of P2P
  3. Manifesto: P2P and Human Evolution
  4. The P2P Meme Map
  5. Best P2P Essays 1 2
  6. Bibliography of Michel Bauwens on P2P

Our Key Resources

  1. The P2P Blog
  2. What’s New in the Wiki
  3. Wiki RSS Feed
  4. Our Newsletter


Learning More

  1. P2P Bookstore
  2. P2P Foundation Participation in Scientific Symposia
  3. P2P Seminars & (Testimonials)
  4. Our Expert Database
  5. Watch this P2P lecture!
  6. Listen to this Podcast
  7. Read this Interview

Who We Are

Internal Wiki Pages

  1. Check them out here


Join our learning community!

  1. P2P Foundation Email Lists
  2. P2P Foundation RSS Feeds


Topics

We are looking for maintainers for our subject pages! Interested?

The P2P Paradigms

  1. Peer Production via Open and Free Input
  2. Peer Governance via Participatory Processes
  3. Peer Property via Commons Output

See also:

The Three Aspects of Application in Society

  1. P2P Civil Society Approaches
  2. P2P Market Approaches
  3. P2P State Approaches


The Peer-Driven Collaborative and Ethical Economy

  1. Collaborative Economic Practices
  2. Using New Open Company Formats
  3. Mutualizing Infrastructures
  4. with Open Business Models
  5. through Crowdfunding and P2P Finance
  6. based on P2P Value Metrics
  7. enabled through Legal Infrastructure
  8. and True P2P Technological Infrastructure
  9. using Shared Innovation Commons for Open and Distributed Manufacturing


New P2P Culture

  1. Art
  2. Collective Intelligence
  3. Culture
  4. Education and Learning
  5. Group Facilitation
  6. Media
  7. P2P Relationships
  8. Spirituality


Domains of Application

  1. Agriculture and Food
  2. Ecology and Sustainablity
  3. Economics
  4. Energy
  5. P2P Gaming and 3D Metaverses
  6. Geography and Mapping
  7. Money and Finance
  8. Music
  9. Licensing
  10. Open Standards
  11. Policy
  12. Politics
  13. Science
  14. Security and Warfare
  15. Taxation
  16. Technology
  17. Transportation
  18. P2P Villages & Cities


How P2P Influences Society

  1. Overview of P2P in Business
  2. Overview of P2P in Governance
  3. P2P and Intellectual Proprety








P2P Resources

General P2P Resources

Case Studies

Companies with P2P business models

Conferences on P2P topics

Curricula

Encyclopedia : New! Mini-version

Events Calendar

Individuals, Who's Who in P2P

Movements, P2P and commons-rriented org's

Reference

Research on P2P

Resources and tools

Statistics on P2P trends

Media Resources

Articles on P2P topics

Books on P2P topics

Fiction with P2P themes

Graphics to use in presentations

Podcasts and Audio

Webcasts and Video

Special Individual Projects

We're urgently looking for female-led projects for this space!

  1. Adam Arvidsson's Ethical Economy
  2. Allen Butcher's Community Economics
  3. Chris Cook's Open Capital approach
  4. Patrick Anderson's User Ownership Theory
  5. Péter Mázsa's Free Tax Project‎
  6. Robert Searle's Transfinancial Economics
  7. Thomas Kalka's Key P2P Concepts
  8. Timothy Wilken's Synergic Projects

Other P2P Foundation Projects

  1. Collaboration Platform Projects: cooperation for social action
  2. Core Peer-2-Peer Collaboration Principles - Initiator Ryan Lanham
  3. Distributed Manufacturing Collaborative Platforms: open design and distributed manufacturing platforms
  4. List of P2P Researchers - preparation for launch of a P2P Research Group
  5. List of European Policy Consultants - Celia Blanco
  6. Participatory Spirituality Conference
  7. P2P Cities: open cities
  8. P2P Public Intellectuals
  9. P2P Theory Books