[P2P-F] Bogdanov’s Organisational Science, the Commons and Sustainability by Fabian Tompsett

Örsan Şenalp orsan1234 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 27 21:15:44 CEST 2015

This essay uses Bogdanov’s Tektology, or organisational science to
compare three forms of organisation: Bourgeois corporation, the
Soldier-peasant army and the Exemplary laboratory and their role as
competing organisational forms offering market-based, command-based
and commons-based approaches to social organisation. Bogdanov’s role
as an educational innovator is compared with that of Gustavo Esteva,
and both are linked to the exemplary-laboratory organisation as a way
of combining learning with the commons. One outcome of Bogdanov’s
approach which is featured is that of Vladimir Vernadsky, the
Ukrainian bio-geochemist who discovered the role of man and other
living creatures in the generation of CO
2 in the atmosphere. This reflects the strengths of Bogdanov’s
Tektology as way of approaching sustainability, which at the same time
fits with a commons-based innovative approach rooted in a dynamic
around autonomy and mutuality.


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