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. […]

Watch the POC21 Documentary

Kudos to Filmmaker Sam Muirhead. POC21 is an international innovation community that started as a 5-week camp in the summer of 2015. The camp brought together 100+ makers, designers, engineers, scientists and geeks in a stunning French castle to prototype a fossil free, zero waste society. Our goal was to make open-source, sustainable solutions to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nuanced examination of Sharing

By Adam Parsons on open democracy.net  The business community may be enthusing about the immense market size and profitability of the big corporate players that espouse sharing as part of their brand identity, but not everyone is convinced that the sharing economy is living up to its visionary rhetoric and aspirations. Far from promoting communitarian values, providing […]

The Abundance Vortex

Before leaving on my spectacular (rideshared) roadtrip to Paris for the OuiShare Fest (more about that soon), I had the chance to meet and hear the philosopher Charles Eisenstein speak. I’ve posted about Charles before; his book Sacred Economics has been a major source of inspiration. At the event, someone asked him: what is your role? […]