Commons Collaborative Economie: Policies, Technologies and City for the People is a conference which aims to highlight the relevance of the commons-oriented approach of peer production and collaborative economy, while proposing public policies and providing technical guidelines to build platforms for collaborative communities. The programme includes presentation from D-CENT partners Francesca Bria (Nesta) and Arnau Monterde (Open University of Catalunya).
In the last two decades we have seen the emergence of Internet-enabled collaborative communities building shared and common resources. Commons-based Peer Production is rapidly growing, not just for the disruptive and very successful cases of software (with free and open software) and encyclopedias (Wikipedia) but also for information (OpenStreetMap, Wikihow), hardware (FabLabs, Open Source Ecology), accommodation (Couchsurfing) and currency (local coins).
More recently, we have also seen the emergence and growth of hybrid models which retain some similar organizational logic, such as being based on collaborative principles, but privatizing others. This is the case in corporate-based peer production such as Uber or Airbnb. Are they truly collaborative economies?. This issue opens up a series of debates and opportunities about how to retain the commons and socially transformative dimension in the collaborative economy through the recognition of the distinctive values of these modes of production, beyond value approaches which focus on monetization, and new forms of open/peer/platform cooperativism.
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The Commons Collaborative Economies event is organized by the Department of “Other Economies” of Barcelona Activa (Barcelona City Council) with the BarCola – Node on collaborative economy and commons production in Barcelona, and the P2Pvalue European project (locally by Dimmons @ IN3-UOC & IGOPnet.cc @ UAB).