This Commons Transition Primer website contains new and adapted texts by P2P Foundation members, including its founder, Michel Bauwens. As part of an ongoing multimedia project/campaign, our intention with this site is to make the P2P Foundation’s core ideas on the Commons and P2P accessible, attractive and shareable for commoners and communities worldwide.
We’ve built some other useful features into this site. Click here to learn more about its structure and distinguishing features.
The Commons Transition Primer website project was coordinated and edited by Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel (except where other authorship is noted). Elena Martínez Vicente led the design and UX, Mercè Moreno Tarrés provided the illustrations, and Javier Arturo Rodriguez took care of the technical details and backend. Thanks are due to David Bollier, Vasilis Kostakis and Rajesh Makwana for reviewing the texts in the “Shorts” section. Special thanks are also due for the technical expertise and last-minute interventions of our colleague, Lisha Sterling.
The texts in the Shorts Section and the Case Studies are built on the collective knowledge accumulated by the P2P Foundation and P2P Lab over the years. This body of collected knowledge will also appear in print from on Peer to Peer: the Commons Manifesto (authored by Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis and Alex Pazaitis, forthcoming in 2018 by Westminster University Press). The Commons Manifesto also served as the basis for the texts presented on our print booklet Commons Transition and P2P: a Primer, produced in cooperation with the Transnational Institute. The print Primer was co-authored by Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis, Ann Marie Utratel and Stacco Troncoso. These contents have been further developed for this website’s Shorts sections — with new texts also being written — by Ann Marie Utratel and Stacco Troncoso.
All infographics designed by Elena Martinez Vicente> and conceptualised by Vasilis Kostakis, Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel. The infographic texts were written by Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis, Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel. In print form they will appear in Peer-to-Peer: The Commons Manifesto.
This project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Heike Loeschmann, Joanna Barelkowska and Joerg Haas of the Böll Foundation, as well as our colleagues from the P2P Foundation and P2P Lab.
We hope you enjoy the Commons Transition Primer website, and join us in enthusiastically sharing, researching, promoting and experimenting with the ideas and tools of the Commons and P2P.
The Commons Transition Primer website continues on from our print booklet Commons Transition and P2P: a Primer, produced in cooperation with the Transnational Institute and, as mentioned above, continues on the forthcoming on Peer to Peer: the Commons Manifesto, published by Westminster University Press.
About the P2P Foundation
The P2P Foundation was founded in 2005 as a non profit registered in the Netherlands by author and speaker Michel Bauwens. We are a global, self-organized community building an information commons ecosystem for the growing P2P/Commons Movement. We examine both the digital and the material worlds, including their freedoms and restrictions, scarcities and abundances. Our distributed network of researchers, activists, and citizens monitor and promote actions for a transition to a Commons-based society. We operate as an incubator and catalyst linking the “missing pieces” and building a wider movement.