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Creating a Chamber of Commons: A Continuing Discussion

At Cooperation 2015, Michel Bauwens introduced the idea that we should create a Chamber of Commons to protect the commons sort of like the Chamber of Commerce protects business. Here are some rough notes on the idea. We will be

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Fish Bowl Conversation

Here is a rough transcription the Cooperation 2015 Opening Circle. Michel Bauwens kicks it off with a snapshot of what he’s thinking about, open value accounting (to correct the current tendency of open platforms to get enclosed and taken over

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Cooperation 2015 in action


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Event Documentation

Notes from Cooperation 2015 Welcome and Introduction ICA overview – We would like to thank your host, ICA. ICA overview statement from Terry Bergdall CEO Logistics and Structure Introduction of Michel Bauwens and the P2P Foundation Spectogram (where are you

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Peer Governance Models

How do you organize for wisdom? Together, Buffer, Semco, Morning Star, Valve, Zappos, Supercell, stretch across three continents, employ 100,000+ people, and bring in more than $20 billion per year. What do they have in common? They all have transitioned

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Open Cooperativism, Peer Production and the Commons

Cooperatives provide a valuable historical background in light of new paradigms in economic organization, peer production and a resurgence and modernization of the concept of the Commons. Given this idea, a group of stakeholders from the these spheres gathered in

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Time Banking

Time banks effectively use people’s time and talents as currency for exchanges of value. It’s been effectively used across the world to tackle explicit local issues, such as childcare provision or urban regeneration. They have been successful in delivering small

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For Cooperation 2015, we will be using several participatory methods. We could have gathered a group of speakers to tell you about the potential of peer to peer with specific experts showcasing what is currently being done in Chicago and

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Sharing You Are Looking For

The “sharing economy” has already been co-opted by the “let’s extract wealth from everywhere” virus. I guess bottom of the pyramid (BOP) wasn’t paying high enough returns at a fast enough rate. Listen folks, if it is not peer to

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Just What is p2p?

P2P refers to peer-to-peer or person-to-person. In the context of Cooperation2015, it signifies a larger movement or body of thought that we now possess the understanding and technology to reshape our world into a more sustainable, human-oriented set of societies.

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About This Site

Cooperation 2015 started as an announcement and resource for a p2p conference that was held at the Institute of Cultural Affairs Greenrise Learning Laboratory in Chicago on February 28, 2015.

A broad spectrum of people interested in alternative economies, cooperatives, sustainability, etc. came together to share our experiences, visions, ideas and to network with each other. Documentation about the event can be found here.

Please take a look around. If this interests you, sign up for the site and we'll let you know about future events and other ways to participate.
Check out Ted Wysocki's (the new CEO at the Institute of Cultural Affairs) blog post about Cooperation2015 on U2CANDO