Let’s Communify the Collaborative Economy!

Fifteen projects have been taking part in the La Comunificadora programme at Barcelona Activa, since mid-November. They are exploring the viability of a collaborative economy which considers the commons, looks at the social impact and seeks to establish fair relationships among agents. (Català – Español) All of these projects have already started training activities and… Continue reading Let’s Communify the Collaborative Economy!

Collaborative Economy, Principles and Case Studies

Last week the new collaborative economy support programme, La Comunificadora (the “Commons Makery”), was launched at an open session in the Convent de Sant Agustí (Barcelona). (Español – Català) Several projects with the potential to participate in the support programme were presented in the session. Among them was the idea of creating a special currency… Continue reading Collaborative Economy, Principles and Case Studies

Digital Commons at the IASC Regional European Conference in Bern

Last week I had the pleasure to participate in the Regional European Conference in Bern, Switzerland, organised by the International Association of the Commons, the IASC. The main theme was “GLOBAL CONNECTIONS AND LOCAL RESPONSES”, an adequate theme for many of the social movements and commons initiatives around the world. The natural resource and social… Continue reading Digital Commons at the IASC Regional European Conference in Bern

Sustainable Fabrication

On March 7th I was invited to present my vision on sustainable fabrication in a course cycle organised by the cooperative Tarpuna and the Ateneus de Fabricació in Barcelona. The course cycle was focused on sustainable and social fabrication, citizen empowerment and circular economy. We had some very interesting speakers, like Adrian Smith, from University… Continue reading Sustainable Fabrication

The Things Network: 4x Commons for the Internet of Things

The Things Network is an initiative to build a distributed wireless data network for connecting “things” to the net, fully owned and controlled by its users. The Internet of Things (IoT) typically consists of electronic devices with sensors and actuators that transmit small bits of data to the net. The Things Network (TTN) uses a… Continue reading The Things Network: 4x Commons for the Internet of Things

The Commons Law Perspective, Open Hardware and Digital DIY

On October 1st I had an interview with David Bollier. Given his decade long work on the commons, as researcher and activist, author of books like Viral Spiral and in particular his work on Laws and the Commons, I thought that his perspective would be meaningful for our research in the DiDIY project. In particular… Continue reading The Commons Law Perspective, Open Hardware and Digital DIY

The Right to Repair

I have always thought that repairing a broken product is better than throwing it away, even though quite a few products are designed in ways that don’t help or directly encourage not to repair. In general, repairing is good for your personal wallet and good for the environment, right? Now that digital fabrication tools are… Continue reading The Right to Repair