The Long Game: Reflections on OuiShare Fest 2016

I’m just back from this year’s OuiShare Fest, the annual gathering focused on social and economic innovations that are collaborative, decentralized, and open-source. This year’s theme was After the Gold Rush, reflecting the post-euphoric, sobered-up state many of us found ourselves in, as the reality of exploitative business-as-usual stomped on our idealistic Sharing Economy. Several […]

OuiShare Fest Edition#4: After the Gold Rush

Hard to believe it’s been 4 years since I got involved with the OuiShare community and attended the very first OuiShare Fest (thanks to a tip from Annie Leonard). I wrote about that magical first Fest here. Then, at the second Fest, I spoke about Leadership , sharing the secrets I’ve learned from the superheroes […]

One I Watch: Michel Bauwens

A mainstay in my OuiShare community, Michel Bauwens, peer-to-peer movement pioneer and founder of the P2P Foundation, remains virtually unknown to my people in the US, despite obvious potential synergy. I think that’s because his presentations are generally complex, more grey than black and white, and he sounds like, well, a French theoretician. Go figure. […]

The People’s Uber

From this piece (boom!) by New School Professor Trebor Scholtz. “What I call platform cooperativism is about experimentation with ownership; governance; and flexible, fair, and dignified digital work, as well as new forms of solidarity. It is about multi-stakeholder cooperatives, inventive unions, public infrastructure, worker associations, and cooperatives building their own labor platforms rooted not […]

Paul Mason on Collaborative Production..

.. as key to the PostCapitalism he heralds in his new book of that name (out next week with Penguin). From his recent teaser piece in The Guardian: Collaborative production, using network technology to produce goods and services that only work when they are free, or shared, defines the route beyond the market system. It […]

One I Watch: Robin Chase

Already awesome when I met her at last year’s OuiShare Fest –as the founder of Zipcar, which revolutionized the way we conceive of and achieve mobility for city-dwellers, and then Veniam, the technology behind a massive ‘network of moving things’ that can connect any vehicle, like a city bus or a garbage truck, to the internet, […]

Proof of Concept 21 (POC21): !Ya basta!

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the UN’s annual meeting on climate change, and the upcoming one in December, to be held in Paris, will be the 21st such meeting. After 20 years of these meetings, worldwide CO2 emissions have doubled. Enough already, said a group of smartypants. Instead of Conference of Parties, they […]

Meanwhile, in what we once called the Sharing Economy..

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted much about the collaborative economy, aka the sharing economy, in a while..  on account of my disappointment that what I heralded in my TEDx Berlin talk was not coming to pass: better distribution of resources, an abundance-based economic paradigm as opposed to a scarcity/competitive model; the connection and […]

One I Watch: Favianna Rodriguez

I’ve known Favi since 2005 or 2006. Her art and activism has always been inspiring, up to and including her iconic butterflies in the Migration is Beautiful campaign, which draws attention to the stupidity that is immigration enforcement and policy in the U.S. And then recently, my Collaborative Economy universe collided with the Favi-verse. When […]