[P2P-F] [NetworkedLabour] questions re funding of p2p value conference

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Tue Jul 5 18:21:45 CEST 2016

I hope you recognize the elitism in your approach,

first of all, there are no self-proclaimed leaders here, I never heard
Silke or David, of myself, proclaim ourselves as leaders, we are just
facilitators of certain events in a sea of other activists ; if people
mention us, it is not because of any hierarchical directive of us to anyone
else, but because people recognize our work in a peer to peer way; I don't
have a single employee to direct, and neither have SIlke and David

second, who says our activities are not prefigurative ... I have worked
with a non-hierarchical (non-authoritarian) network for ten years in very
precarious circumstances, at about 10% of my previous income, and under the
level in which I could provide for comfortable lives for my family; I know
Silke lives very frugally and David is struggling as well. Both within the
p2p foundation, and within the CSG , there are no authoritarian relations,
we are collaborative collectives. I briefly found funding to pay Kevin to
help me with organize my agenda.

What is remarkable in your attitude and your politics of resentment, is
that instead of focusing your energy on changing the system and the real
elite, you are instead focusing on attacking fellow activists ... have you
ever thought who benefits from this ?

You seem to be comfortable being the self-proclaimed leader of a movement
against fake enemies, instead of spending your time on constructing
commons. I've seen a lot of succeeding empty initiatives proclaiming mass
mobilizations tomorrow, which seem to peter out almost as fast.
Constructing commons is hard constructive work,


On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM, Örsan Şenalp <orsan1234 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Michel, in response to your reply I also like to direct this email to
> the attention of Silke, David, Pat, James, Chico.. and other
> self-claimed strategists, organisers, leaders, of global justice and
> solidarity, and now commons movements..
> First issue, is the one you avoid to respond; lack of prefiguration
> hence moral - cultural leadership, neede for the hegemony you are
> willing to build over first other movements, then against the ruling
> classes. This is a general issue, and is a critique of all NGO sector;
> 'progressive' or 'supportive' NGO cadre, degenerate 'solidairty and
> justice' culture, by getting stuck and generate 'capitalist'
> competitive culture. That is why, in a Gramscian sense, it would never
> be possible to get real moral and intellectual leadership over the
> progressive movements, like commons movement, that you are trying to
> 'build' or mould out of real people's real struggles.
> In 2013, and 2014, together with others from most recent movements,
> from Occupy, 15M, Arab spring, and including Carminda McLorin -from
> Occupy Montreal and Classe, an initiative formed and called itself
> 'Global Square'. We have designed and tried to open up an occupied
> Commons Space, within the WSF in Tunis 2013 and 2014:
> http://www.global-square.net/about/
> Carminda was had participated all calls and meetings of Global Square
> actively and she become the face of the WSF Montreal local
> coordination team (with Chico Whiteaker being on her side). Based on
> unique experience we developed, in a really p2p and commoning way,
> during 2011-2014 period, at Agora99, Frienze 10+10, WSF Tunis under
> the Banner of Global Square (with combined methodologies) in 2014 I
> tried out to scratch the below designs on the way to Montreal. I
> shared it with you, and it has been picked up by you, and others; then
> it was modified into un-P2P and un-common ways and translated in to
> NGO format with carefully controlled access (over the funding
> opportunities and competitiveness reasons I assume).. and we have a
> modified Commons Space. Here is the Hackpad where Kevin, of the P2P
> Foundation has been the main organiser from the beginning, with
> Elisabetta of Transform:
> https://commonsspace.hackpad.com/Commons-Space-k6rOCvUgyhC
> As response to your question what is the easy way to go to WSF and
> finding support for that: I think your is a political answer, since it
> is your choice not to go to WSF personally, you expressed it before;
> so you are sending Kevin to do the ground work for the Foundation to
> build an event I foresee and suggested to you last year -on the
> Commons. Meanwhile, James of the P2P foundation, is responsible from
> the Global Commons Conference, in Amsterdam where I live. You say you
> would recommend me, to people, but about the idea I desingned and
> shared with you, James, your secretariat is recommended.
> You are expected to be invited to WSF and paid for some other
> organisations, while Kevin's participation and ground work labour is
> paid by P2P Foundation. You personally are not able to go WSF, but P2P
> Foundation is taking the responsibility to organise a major Commons
> event at the WSF in August, and James organise another global event in
> Amsterdam for the EU project of which P2P Foundation is a partner.
> Which was originally my suggestion..
> Here is the genuinely p2p and commons way design for WSF Commons Space
> event, I designed in 2014:
> Peer to Peer Transnational Networking for a Commons Humanity
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vRRHhASr9wfWolPJzq0Ec7gsomug2T-jeTFmqfzrE3U/edit?usp=sharing
> The below design I made it in 2013 to ensure a broader alliance
> between variety of forces; in an open and peer to peer solider way..
> based on ideas re the development of open spaces, towards and during
> the WSF as well as other events. It was taken, modified and adopted to
> NGO style. Below is how it was translated to NGO language by
> Stacco,who was an occupy activist and ex-worker owned coop
> practitioner, now professional expert hired by P2P Foundation:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wud-VMjA89aE14GNWDE_YkUMNqIYsK-oLVLo4bVW-6Q/edit?usp=sharing
> And during 2014, there was an email discussion about avoiding
> cooptation and developing a pool resource for commoners, using the
> funding recuperated by commons NGOs type organisations; supposed to be
> supportive of commons. Discussion taken place mid 2014, before or
> after Degrowth conference, and then Michel, you suggested the below
> idea, which has not been implemented, yet. Open Coop development
> agency idea:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/188Y7COujNwhU60pMiNypXHaRHgLrjKywVlfN6AyOdCY/edit
> Although I find EDGE Founders, under the leadership of commons
> friendly Nicolas Krauzs of P2P Foundations funder FHP (Charles Leopold
> Mayer Foundation), it is clearly an human-washorganisation with Soros'
> open society and US' large corporate funders behind, they might have
> been imposing their own agenda over the commons; about which you guys
> have no idea. I will provide a deeper analysis of this, with proves.
> But for the moment I just like to share the nice and sincere-open
> reports of the events, documented by Pat Conaty and David Boiler, and
> am guessing are the selective events organised and you have been able
> to join:
> This is the event on Open Cooperativism:
> http://bollier.org/open-co-operativism-report
> And this is the top-down vision of alliance building:
> Part I:
> http://commonstransition.org/a-new-alignment-of-movements-part-i-the-general-challenge/
> Part II:
> http://commonstransition.org/a-new-alignment-of-movements-part-ii-strategies-for-a-convergence-of-movements/
> I like to reader to pay attention of funders, participants'
> composition, and the content. The total picture is clearly top-down
> movement building, beyond the closed doors. These are not supportive
> nice, exchange wise productive events.
> To finish, I like to make one constructive suggestion. If you guys,
> really really sincere, please consider use the some part of the
> fundings getting collected -i take it recuperated from the public
> resources stolen by state elite- and give it back to commoners, by for
> instance creating totally autonomous spaces for them; so by time for
> them; inviting commoners from the Global South, paying their
> registration fees, arrange them a permentant space in the Montreal
> WSF; in where they can have time and energy to exchange and build
> their own agenda in their own ways and means.
> In solidarity,
> Orsan
> PS: as promised below is the documentation of the "driver seat"
> phenomenon...
> -- the date was beginning of 2015, not mid 2014, did confuse the
> years. I pasted entire email exchange to give the contex:
> John <restakis at gmail.com>
> 07/01/2015
> to Pat, Michel, me, Brian, Michel, networkedlabour, e-mail, David,
> Michael, margie
> I like the four wheels. And us in the drivers seat!
> On 15-01-07 6:17 PM, Pat Conaty wrote:
> Michel
> Touche and very good but some in this list our ends and others means.
> So a bit more work involved, but getting there.
> As Polanyi argued, Commons solutions for land, money and people to
> take them out of market are a sine qua non so money becomes servant
> not master. With this focus we can get onto the right livelihoods
> roadway of the Tools for Convivality arguments of Illich.
> The social-public partnership is crucial of course. The Guild
> socialists understood this in the 1920s as did much of the left in
> Europe before they were slaughtered by fascism.
> Pat
> On 7 Jan 2015, at 15:03, Michel Bauwens <michel at p2pfoundation.net> wrote:
> to take your wheel metaphor,
> if one wheel is the commons, the second wheel cooperatives , the third
> weel sustainability, and the fourth wheel the partner state (necessary
> civic infrastructures including things like the basic income) .. are
> we missing a lot ? (I see social justice as part of that fourth wheel)
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 8:11 PM, Pat
> Conaty<pat.commonfutures at phonecoop.coop> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Orsan and Brian
> >
> > Great comments yet again. We are on to something here in this exchange.
> So important for all of Europe as the Greek election approaches. A bit like
> the Allende election it feels.
> > The whole world this time is watching with instant news globally.
> >
> > When I talk about the solutions being as old as the industrial hills, I
> mean that at each Long K-wave, offers a chance and this time for a Great
> Transition  in the way Kenneth Boulding  expressed this in the 1960s is at
> hand. Michel’s argument for a Commons Transition is crucial as the unless
> the biosphere is saved, we are heading for a 6 degree rise in global
> temperatures as Naomi Klein’s latest book both highlights and points to a
> common cause to  unite social movements. She makes the parallel to the
> movement to abolish slavery, but here the campaign and focus should be on
> ending wage slavery. I think Gar Alperovitz offers us far more than meets
> the eye. As a young researcher, he cut his teeth in the 1960s working for
> Dr. Martin Luther King. In his latest book he points out that if the US
> annual income was equitably shared, each family could be provided a Basic
> Income of $200,000 or $100,000 for a 20 hour week. Abundance is at hand if
> co-operative economic root and branch solutions could be harnessed.
> >
> > Let me explain…...
> >
> > Boulding was an evolutionary economist following more closely the path
> of Veblen then Schumpeter. He was also a pioneer of systems theory and
> complexity analysis. He saw the Great Transition along the lines of what
> Schumacher, Illich and others were hoping might happen after the Opec oil
> crisis. They wanted to jump from the information age to the social
> knowledge age. Intermediate technology was a way to solve the gap between
> North and South and to secure a convergence between green and red thinking
> or social economics and ecological economics.
> >
> > Few among the New Left saw what they were forecasting and understood the
> practical and positive hope they were offering. Exceptions though were
> Erich Fromm and Andre Gorz who embraced the ideas of Illich for Tools for
> Convivality. Fromm also in the 1950s made these arguments and stood up on
> national US TV interviews to the bogeyman of McCarthy.
> >
> > Gorz set this out in a series of books starting with his Critique of
> Economic Rationality and early arguments for a Basic Income. Also in the UK
> in the early 1980s the work of the Greater London Council and the
> technology networks that Robin Murray and Hilary Wainwright were moving
> forward on linked up with this thinking and that of Mike Cooley in the work
> on the Lucas Plan and the case for a radically new trade unionism.
> >
> > Co-operative solutions if only seen in relation to corporate ownership
> are one dimension only of systems change. Only one wheel when we need at
> least three or four. What you find though historically is at or near to the
> K-wave turning points, say 1880s, 1920s and indeed the 1970s you get a
> wider take that is three or four dimensional in relation to co-operative
> economic transition. This is the concept of ‘co-operative commonwealth’
> that is lost sight of again and again by younger generations because of the
> say 50 year K-waves.
> >
> > Like Camus showed, we end up having to rebel without cause from
> generation to generation and only and slowly slowly recover the vernacular
> wisdom of our grandparents.
> >
> > Crucially here activists and thinkers alike when they rediscover the
> full set of co-operative wheels at last, they then begin to address the
> fundamental foundations of capitalism, namely the taboo questions of land
> and money. Solving these two is the key to ending wage labour slavery.
> >
> > You might find of interest this paper I presented at the international
> Karl Polanyi conference in Montreal two months ago. Earlier at the
> conference, Michael Hudson gave a superb speech about financialisation and
> the casinos economy crisis. The vote in Greece on 25 January may trigger a
> Lehman II crisis. Michael and I talked and he fully agreed with this
> analysis and proposals. I found out this second time I met Michael that in
> the late 1960s and early 1970s he was working for Citibank as a collector
> of Latin American sovereign debt. He then had his Pauline conversion, quit
> Wall Street and moved to the New School for Social Research.
> >
> > My paper offers some practical solutions as to how to de-commodify money
> and land. Michel has just posted it in recent weeks a three part series on
> the P2P website.
> >
> > Without addressing these taboo questions positively, transparently and
> practically, wars will loom larger. Greece, Ireland, Spain and indeed the
> UK need a prisoners dilemma roadmap out of expanding debt as the fiscal
> deficits are ballooning and there is no Jubilee release in sight.
> >
> > All the best
> >
> > Pat
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 7 Jan 2015, at 11:28, Orsan <orsan1234 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > thanks Michel, this came very timely indeed, site looks great and the
> content just answers in my opinion perfectly half of the question Brian
> asks below, he also asked before and you have given   a perfect answer
> indicating what a site and platform as you launch corresponds in reality.
> > I think this work focusing and addressing state or political society
> level/dimension of what needs to be done together, and doing it extremely
> good. Plus the closer relationship emerged in recent years between P2P-F,
> with Guerrilla Translation, CIC, and Fair.coop closely, I think Michel and
> friends of P2P, with open-commons-cooperative approach has moved much
> closer to the recently converging grassroots activism to a position that
> can greatly contribute to a bridge building activity, with normal people
> the actual field of political movements and struggles.
> >
> > I continue in lines below:
> >
> > let me very appropriately I think, after enjoying the insights of all,
> just briefly mention thathttp://commonstransition.orghas been launched
> today, precisely meant as a global platform for p2p/commons based policy
> making by global and local commoners,
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 4:02 PM, Brian Holmes<
> bhcontinentaldrift at gmail.com>wrote:
> >>
> >> Orsan, your ideas are tremendously interesting. Thank you. I would
> appreciate it even more if you take some time to draw more strategic
> conlcusions. What to do in the present situation? What to do with the kinds
> of energies and cetworks and collaborations in which we ourselves can
> participate?
> >>
> >>
> >>>    To me, the process packaged as Globalization, was the most
> >>>     peaceful possible form of the institutionalization project aiming
> to
> >>>     rebuild the world as a small village connected by information
> >>>     highway of Bill Gates'. As Cox describes in the below video, and I
> >>>     share the way he describes it, Asian crisis can be seen as a
> >>>     breaking point.
> >>
> >>
> >> I could not agree more. For years I ran an intermittent seminar called
> "Continental Drift" whose main these was exactly the above. The question
> was: Why is it that exactly when the world comes together (globalization)
> it begins to fall apart (continental blocs)?
> >>
> >> Slowly it became apparent to me that the US, which had been well and
> truly hegemonic after WWII, could only solve the crisis of the
> Keynesian-Fordist paradigm by internationalizing key power functions. They
> believed this extension of hegemony could be restricted to the two Northern
> core states which, not coincidentally, had been destroyed in WWII and
> rebuilt under American auspices: namely Germany/EU and Japan. So you would
> have a Trilateral hegemony, or "Triad Power," as Kenichi Ohmae called it
> (yen-euro-dollar: YE$). After '89 and First Gulf War, Clinton believed that
> the colonization of the unified world market could be managed, peacefully,
> by this troika, which had solved the monetary crisis of the 70s and had
> also assembled the largest military coalition in history in 1991. In
> fact, the world market was unified by the new productive processes of
> Neoliberal Informationalism. But the bid to retain hegemony by sharing it
> proved illusory, especially because of the rise of Asia, and especially
> China, after the Asian crisis of '98. Control threatened to slip away into
> every semi-autonomous node of the world market, and the US turned to
> preemptive warfare and institutionalized counter-terrorism in a desperate
> and failing bid to contain the genie that it had let out of the bottle.
> That genie is nothing more or less than the deliriously productive forces
> of fifth-wave industrial capitalism.
> >>
> >> This is why Neoliberal Informationalism is so hard to govern. The old
> power is crumbling (very slowly though), the new one is not yet ready to
> take command, and we are faced with the global organic crisis of hegemony,
> which as Gramsci would say, is full of morbid symptoms. In my view,
> however, this is a far better situation than if China were ready to simply
> replace the US as capitalist hegemon. Because it is not, we have the
> chance, in this generation, to complete the task of building a critical and
> constructive global civil society, able to face both climate change and the
> constant threat of inter-regional war between the fragmented blocs. The
> thing is, the Trilateral period spawned not just TNCs, but also TNCS -
> transnational civil society, or what I also call transnational culture
> sharing. For me, that is the deep meaning of p2p. It's the other genie that
> got out of the bottle, and this one is not industrial or capitalist. It is
> a practical, constructive, dialogical way to build cooperation across the
> scales - from local and urban to national, continental and global - in
> order to tame, restrain and redirect (but also sometimes topple) the
> rapacious elites who are now anarchically deploying the powers of
> informationalism.
> >
> >
> > totally agree here, again with reference to Gramsci, the organic crisis
> emerging at point organic intellectuals can not function and facilitate
> coherence and consensus amongst the ruling classes, as in smoothing
> informal network spaces like Davos, Council of Foreign Relations,
> Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg meetings, but also at local level with
> Rotary-Lions, or Masonic Clubs,  especially at the time of miss-match
> between the sub-structure and super-structure occurs. However you are
> right, focusing to knowing enemy more then yourself is not an health way,
> and agree we need to look for answers to, also in my opinion, most crucial
> point. How we, as everyone else then elite, and ruling class members, and
> their broader circles, will move forward, mobilizing and organizing
> ourselves to act to protect our own, and others dignity, lives and the
> cosmos, in practice.
> >
> >>
> >> p2p = the possiblity of global government from below. This is what
> progressive global grassroots networks have been experimenting with since
> the mid-1990s, around the time that Zapatismo emerged. And this is what
> Michel was calling "the business model of Occupy" in a memorable article a
> couple years back.
> >
> >
> >
> > I see in the link Michel shared a growing interaction and mutual
> learning that might also feed in more moral, creative, and genuinely
> collaborative politics to emerge amongst new and old left between
> Autonomists, European left, democratic socialist groups. Such convergence
> would develop opening ups for collaborative politics including greens and
> mainstream unions, with positive and creative input might come most
> hopefully from Podemos kind of experiments. Thinking for instance Rojava
> and the role it can play here, if the Cantons in theory and practice are
> linked to social houses, squatter and transition town networks, as well as
> to urban cooperatives and peer producers. I believe the professional
> politics is the last part to expect anything good at the moment, or it
> needs to be thought as a last resort to hope from but something to
> encourage to go for the real change by showing. Since a possible
> convergence is indeed needed, as Anna said earlier, if we want to reverse
> the worsening general situation.
> >
> > For a long time I have been busy thinking of and searching in, on,
> behind, around, progressive political and societal institutions, unions,
> NGOs, activist and political collectives, as well as streets, actions,
> assemblies so on -being close and far enough to the worlds of unionism,
> party politics, developmental and progressive NGOism, and issue based
> social justice movements- studying divisions, ideas and practices of
> alliances, tried to see possibilities to realize sincere collaboration
> based on mutual recognition between groups. What I have come to think most
> recently is, a bit different than what Michel suggested by prioritizing one
> of the many among who suffers the conditions of today the peer producers as
> main protagonist to be protected and flourished, actually probably he also
> meant it this way that, creation of distributed p2p platforms and
> infrastructures that allow people to liberate from capital and to get
> empowered to become peer producers for themselves and for others. More in
> line with what Peter Waterman cites often in my opinion, 'the network is
> the vanguard'; to open up p2p, egalitarian self-organiased networks of
> world working classes -for itself- is the vanguard, not one of the
> enlightened or segments of them, or any entity that claims to be acting on
> be half of masses, building on a position of chosen class or class segment
> because of the historical and strategic position it has occupy in the
> global production-commodity networks. Which brings me to the point below.
> >
> >>
> >>
> >>>     I will cut it here but before like to saying one last thing about
> >>>     the similarity I do see between the netarhicalness of Walmart,
> >>>     Apple, and even Nike and Amazon on the one hand, and the forms like
> >>>     Google, Facebook, Airbnb, and others who accumulate wealth by
> >>>     producing and selling meta-data to other businesses, on the other.
> I
> >>>     see here similarity between these forms not in terms of how they
> >>>     extract, capture and accumulate the value, but the way they
> organise
> >>>     their production line in order to capture the value created.
> >
> >
> > I will go back to the analysis I promised above in the next email. Now I
> like to continue answering your question in relation how we ourselves would
> be engaging in such (un)vanguard people's political-economy networking;
> which I have been woking on a design draft called 'FreeKonomia'. It is as a
> networked infrastructure for totally free exchange of very high quality
> goods and services, produced by love and care, which is to be supported by
> integrated floss platforms. One aspect is for free transportation of
> people, work force, and light material goods, as well as some portable
> services. It is possible to be re-design a version of BlaBlaCar-Go with
> Open-map embed showing the points to get on and get off, handy if these are
> social centers, people's houses, as routes between them to organize the
> car-go function. For building larger projects and  physical infrastructures
> we need to combine scientific expertise, like those brought together in
> co-working spaces such as OMNI in Oakland, and large Occupy camps, where
> people could go camp, have fun and rest while working. What is needed of
> course to be embedded also is an application that help to match needs and
> offers of any kind is Sensorica kind, or NPR, Bob and Lynn has been
> developing, including kind of admin and tracking application, where
> everyone can see and show who needs what, where, when, what amount. It is
> very key to manage this all for Free as in Free Beer, and based on positive
> and encouraging repetitional system, as the driving feed back loop
> mechanism. So the more you share for free and high quality with others,
> both system and participants gain value and trust. then freeness and
> personality would become the anti-money so to speak, replacing and killing
> the unconditional love and trust we used to give to stupid and dirty papers
> and metals :) I think mass solidarity actions towards Greek and Spanish
> social houses, Rojava and Ukrain, for both peace and humanity, can be
> designed to build up such routes and maps, and this can be linked to
> Sharing cities mapping-jam organized by Shareable. These processes needs to
> be in tandem also balancing the Podemos kind of projects, or Partner State
> emergence. Then in the mid term if we can harmonize these with first
> organizing the Exodus from Capital, and then a creative and
> constructive-but also blokaida form of Golden Strike at the weakest points
> of the system, we might make a good chance to win.
> >
> > Orsan
> >
> >
> > --
> > Check out the Commons Transition Plan here at:
> http://en.wiki.floksociety.org/w/Research_Plan
> >
> > P2P Foundation:http://p2pfoundation.net  -http://blog.p2pfoundation.net
> >
> > Updates:http://twitter.com/mbauwens;http://www.facebook.com/mbauwens
> >
> > #82 on the (En)Rich list:http://enrichlist.org/the-complete-list/
> >
> >
> >
> --
> Check out the Commons Transition Plan here at:
> http://en.wiki.floksociety.org/w/Research_Plan
> P2P Foundation: http://p2pfoundation.net  -http://blog.p2pfoundation.net
> Updates: http://twitter.com/mbauwens;http://www.facebook.com/mbauwens
> #82 on the (En)Rich list: http://enrichlist.org/the-complete-list/
> On 4 July 2016 at 19:22, Michel Bauwens <michel at p2pfoundation.net> wrote:
> > hi Orsan,
> >
> > this is my response only, I am not speaking for James or anyone else,
> >
> > quick online reactions
> >
> > On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 10:15 PM, Orsan <orsan1234 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> I will try to give a considered respond to your answer, which I am
> >> guessing is the public reply James mentioned.
> >>
> >> > I think the realities of organizing events is underestimated. They are
> >> > two choices, one is the grassroots barcamp type events, in which
> everyone is
> >> > welcome, and everyone has to fund his own trip; these events are
> great, and
> >> > important, but have advantages as well as disadvantages One
> disadvantage is
> >> > that it excludes those who can't self-fund their trips.
> >>
> >> I assume it is more than me underestimate the realities of organizing
> >> event then organizers undervalue the practices of peer to peer and
> >> commoners. In response to Boiler's book title 'Think like a commoner',
> it
> >> could be more then possible to 'Act like a commoner'. So it is more of a
> >> choices, philosophy and politics, more then 'realities' or 'practices'
> of,
> >> those who like to 'think' and 'research' about the real practices;
> >> coincidentally this makes you star, solve income problems, and moreover
> >> allow one to deliver politics, and gain influence and power. I think
> this is
> >> not only underestimated, but totally absence in your response Michel. Of
> >> course there is not only two options, there are plenty of alternatives.
> >> Other wise realities of 'organizing' or 'organization', could be only
> 'the
> >> state' / 'corporation' or 'anarchy and there would be no commons,
> >> commonning, peer to peer alternatives. Are they exist or not? Are they
> >> reliable or not? Are they believable or not.. Or only theorizing or
> >> researching about them is important? I know you really believe in p2p
> and
> >> commons, but it is hardly possible to see any prefigurative action and
> >> practice Michel. This is a public and open critique, meaning very
> sincere
> >> and friendly way, you need to really think about it.
> >
> >
> > I am not organizing any of those two events Orsan. I have lightly
> > co-organized barcamps, enough to know how they work; I like them but they
> > can only go so far, it's not the only legitimate formula.
> >
> > The events I have co-organized more intensely were not on the lines of
> such
> > open access events, but selective events, like the ones you organized for
> > networked labour. What are the p2p/commons aspects about them ? 1)They
> aimed
> > at creating a diverse and balanced participation 2) they aimed to balance
> > self-organisation and prior organisation 3) they aimed to balance
> inclusion
> > and expertise 4) they aimed at being no-cost for the participants
> >
> > But like in your event, they were characterized by a careful selection.
> >>
> >>
> >> > The other choice is to go for paid conferences. This involves other
> >> > disadvantages, such as the rules imposed by funders (very stringent
> demands
> >> > for transparency for example with EU funding). But it has some
> advantages
> >> > ...  one is the choice of speakers, which can be more focused on past
> >> > expertise; the other is that speakers' trip can be paid, as well as
> small,
> >> > or sometimes bigger stipends; the paid entries can help fund those
> without
> >> > the means of self-funding.
> >>
> >> Actually, and to be honest, I really wonder if you really ever organized
> >> something what you call barcamp type, self-organized, do it yourself,
> peer
> >> to peer event. Since I never saw any disadvantage then not being able to
> >> have star speakers, who would occupy all the space; and the rest of the
> >> participants who pay for the cost of starts, would only listen and
> leave the
> >> space with lots of frustration. May be only one disadvantage is not
> being
> >> able to make a show and attract media attention. The rest is negligible
> in
> >> my opinion.
> >
> >
> > I have a different experience, I very much enjoy listening to speakers
> with
> > more experience than myself, I don't find that frustating. The
> conferences I
> > enjoy the most are 'mixed', i.e. they mix the opportunity to listen to
> more
> > experienced people, inclusionary sessions with panels, and the
> opportunity
> > for deep conversations in circle type events, i.e. they include peer to
> peer
> > dynamics, but not exclusively.
> >
> >>
> >>
> >> > So, in the case of the Synergia conference, this is an entirely
> unfunded
> >> > conference. The price was set taken into account the travel costs and
> very
> >> > small per diems for the teachers/speakers; and full lodging of
> participants.
> >> > In this context, the fee amounts to 900 EURO per week, full pension,
> which
> >> > is, in the context of the prices of Tuscany, actually very cheap,
> though of
> >> > course, will also exclude those with financial difficulties. For
> this, you
> >> > get access to a quite extraordinary roster of teachers/speakers and
> intense
> >> > dialogue with other participants. For people with jobs in the
> cooperative
> >> > economy, for which this conference is intended, the cost is not
> >> > un-realistic. For those without income, the price is prohibitive, but
> >> > bursaries are available. According to John Restakis, the program
> requires 15
> >> > paid students to achieve break-even; after that, bursaries can be
> funded.
> >>
> >> Yes, Synergia conference... You say this 900 per week, several thousands
> >> euro per all course is, or should be okay for cooperative workers,
> worker
> >> owned cooperatives.. while you can not effort only your trip to
> >> self-organized, barcamp events.
> >>
> >> > I for example, would not be able to attend neither Tuscany nor the P2P
> >> > Value events on my own, in either format, but I can attend both
> because my
> >> > travel and basic costs are provided for. This is not a gift, but a
> small
> >> > reciprocal payment for my contribution to the event. In contrast, the
> >> > self-organized barcamp absolutely preclude me from making a living
> from my
> >> > contributions.
> >>
> >> Would if you can not effort, how do you think workers, cooperative
> owners,
> >> peer producers could so.
> >
> >
> > that's what I said, it requires effort and investment on the part of the
> > students, or of those institutions that fund them; it is mostly only
> > realistic for those with links to institutions; I'm fully aware of this;
> > bursaries are a solution to attenuate this
> >
> >>
> >>
> >> > The second issue is that of 'democracy'. The P2P Value event has been
> >> > organized and decided by all those involved in the research project,
> i.e. a
> >> > consortium of 8 organizations, and James was responsible for
> organizing the
> >> > event as part of the contract; in the Synergie case, this is also a
> >> > collaborative effort of many dozen people, involved in the Synergia
> >> > consortium, a voluntary association of cooperativists the world over.
> >>
> >> Second issue is not only democracy, transparency, nor participation. Not
> >> about politics, but it is about generation of culture. It is
> prefigurative
> >> act. In case of its lack, or while main evangelists or preachers of
> >> communism, would not see any problem in ruling people's soviets from the
> >> winter palace of the old-rulers, then that revolution is over before it
> >> started. P2P Revolution is going down before it starts, not because it
> is
> >> un-democratic, or as you argue against democracy that is it is
> meritocratic.
> >> I think including you, Silke, David, as well as all other commoners, and
> >> theory leaders do lack practical aspect that generates no culture at the
> >> 'strategist' level.
> >>
> >> About Restakis.. My remark was a reference to his email, accidentally
> sent
> >> to the list, in his response to you, Jason Nardi, Pat Conaty and some
> others
> >> about the four wheels of the 'radical change car'.. He was making a
> joke of
> >> 'you' as the strategists of commons transition, open cooperativism,
> peer -
> >> license, what ever.. Being on the 'driver seat'. Then there was a cold
> >> silence, no one replied or asked or commented on his joke. But history
> >> registered. I can find and redistribute that exchange if you like.
> >
> >
> > please do redistribute, I haven't seen it
> >
> >>
> >>
> >> > They take their decisions in good faith, given the funding and other
> >> > realities they contend with. Yes, it means not everyone can attend,
> but
> >> > within the parameters they work with, they strive for the maximum
> inclusion
> >> > of motivated participants, and find individual solutions when
> possible.
> >>
> >> Division is not between 'not every body' and 'everybody'. But
> 'organizers'
> >> and 'organized'; 'agenda setters' and those agendas are set,
> strategists and
> >> strategised; so sort of masters and puppets.
> >>
> >> > Now the alternative of barcamps of the massively self-organized WSF
> ...
> >> > well, I can't afford to go those either, they exclude all those that
> are not
> >> > able to self-fund. So no system is perfect,
> >>
> >> Come on Michel, some one like you can easily receive support to go
> there,
> >> of any kind.
> >
> >
> > the fact Orsan is that I haven't; nobody ever offered to finance my
> > participation to the WSF; and until 2014, I was extremely precarious and
> the
> > P2P-F itself has zero funds; so if you know of easy forms of support,
> please
> > do forward
> >
> >>
> >>
> >> > and both are easy to critique from the outside, by people who are
> >> > unwilling to dive into the real difficulties and constraints of
> organizing
> >> > these events,As far as I can recall, Orsan, you organized exclusive
> events
> >> > with TNI, and you did that very well. Far from critiquing you for
> these
> >> > exclusionary events, I would commend you for it, for bringing
> important
> >> > players together, and for funding our trips and participation. I feel
> the
> >> > same about John Restakis and James Burke, and given their efforts and
> >> > responsibilities, I can find sympathy for their irritation when they
> are
> >> > critiqued by outsiders who are not contributing to the organization
> of these
> >> > events, and unaware of the constraints they are operating with.
> >>
> >> My critique of TNI, and end of my relationships with it is declared by
> me
> >> on several occasions. Now same critique, of NGO world in general, is
> >> covering to commons NGOs, which present same mistakes, same fault
> lines, and
> >> these are not a complain of some one humpy dumpy, it is documented and
> >> agreed wide spread critique. Of course people, individually doing their
> >> best, to survive and combine income and passion and idealism would get
> >> irritated. But what irritate us, ordinary people, is them finding this
> not
> >> enough and when that also like to tell us what to do, what to say, what
> to
> >> chose, what to like and dislike.. So when they feel power of ideas, and
> wish
> >> to define the course, on the driving seat of the 'radical'  change car.
> >
> >
> > you are no more ordinary than anyone else; I dont think most ordinary
> people
> > would be irritated by open debate and exchange of opinions : I will
> > certainly restrict my own rights of free speech on the basis of other's
> > irritations
> >
> >>
> >>
> >> Well, without managing to combine applying self-labour, mental and
> >> manually, apologies but this is not going to happen. Because, now,
> >> irritation of being rule, is so high, and those who are wanted to be
> managed
> >> posses high skills, like political analysis.
> >
> >
> > thanks for this exchange, end of my comments
> >>
> >>
> >> In solidarity,
> >> Orsan
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Check out the Commons Transition Plan here at:
> http://commonstransition.org
> >
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