P2P Seminars

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Collaborators of the P2P Foundation are conducting seminars to help individuals and organizations in their understanding of the challenges and opportunities of how P2P is changing society.

This can be done in the form of shorter lectures, half-day or full-day seminars.

Here is the basic outline of the subject matter of the Seminars by Michel Bauwens

We also have more Specialized Seminars.

Here's an overview of reactions to the ideas expressed in the seminars or writings, in the Testimonials page.

Please note, for those for whom academic credentials are important, that I have been accepted as a Primavery Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam in 2007, and as an outside expert for the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in 2008. However, my key life experiences are as a entrepreneur.


Statement of Intent by Michel Bauwens

If you are a business or institution, I will teach you how pioneering entrepreneurs are adapting and thriving in the participatory age.

But what I really want to do is to make the world a better place and convince you of the momentous political and social implications of a peer to peer oriented world.

There are a lot of Testimonials on the impact of our lectures at http://p2pfoundation.net/Testimonials

Typology of Seminars

BUSINESS ORIENTATION: Surviving and thriving in the age of social innovation

Innovation has become social, an emergent property of networks of connected people, of experts, amateurs and citizens alike, who are incrementally innovating in open networks. This profoundly changes the competitive game. First of all, more expertise will always be outside of the boundary of your entreprise than within it. Edge competencies, i.e. the capability of engaging with the communities outside of your company, become just as crucial than traditional core competencies. Companies that successfully implement open/free approaches to development, which open their processes to external participation and permanent incremental user innovation and refinement, and which can build on a knowledge commons, will tend to win from others failing to do so. In this lecture, we look at the emerging world of peer production and crowdsourcing, and its new business models, and how it changes the general social landscape.


POLICY ORIENTATION: Innovation has become social, an emergent property of networks of connected people, of experts, amateurs and citizens alike, who are incrementally innovating in open networks. This profoundly changes the competitive game. For companies, but also for nations and regional public authorities. How does one stimulate social innovation? How does one support an infrastructure which allows such value creation? How can regions and companies integrate participatory innovation in their strategies? This lecture will review the emerging practices of peer production and social innovation, how institutions can create strategies for mutual benefit with those user innovation communities, and how public authorities can develop "Partner State" policies which can enable and empower the direct social creation of value.


SOCIAL CHANGE ORIENTATION: Our current world has it priorities upside down. It combines faith in the pseudo-abundance of the natural world, creating an infinite growth machine in a finite environment; and artificially creating limits to free and open collaboration in the cultural and scientific field, thereby hampering social innovation. The peer to peer social dynamic represents self-aggregation of affinity groups on a global scale, and is becoming hyperproductive. This portends important underlying social trends, which will ulimately change the very structure of our civilisation and our political economy, and creates new social movements in every field of human endeavour, centered around 3 value sets: open/free, participatory, and commons oriented. In this lecture, we will examine all implications of such an emergence, and discuss political strategies undertaken by civil society in favour of its own mode of production, governance, and property.

List of seminars

A full list of p2p workshops, lectures, and seminars is available here at http://del.icio.us/mbauwens/Bauwens-Lectures.

See also http://del.icio.us/mbauwens/Bauwens-Videos