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

Orsan Senalp orsan1234 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 11:07:03 CEST 2016

Dear Pat, Silke, Michel, Kevin, Elisabetta, Stacco, James, and all, 

Thanks all for your open and sincere answers. At least out of irritation and frustration some details of some processes came under day light, in this way. 

I agree that there has been many assumptions behind my accusationd; but they are at least as many as they are supported with information and serious critics.

About governance-democracy-opennes-prefigurative aciton i think we have Remix The Commons model; that could have been taken as a model in this sense; not only in words but putting in to inter-networking or bridging practice. 

As in WSF practice; open space building between closed NgOs has been repeated; also by AlterSummit for instance; by many of the events mentioned, in relation to commons movement 'rising' or commonning. Berlin ECC event, open coop, or others i cited too, as well as Peer Value events desings are similar. This has been one of the fallacies of the alter/anti globalisation (or global solidarity and Justice) movements, and especially in their Euro-West centric relationship with the 'partners' from Global South (from West to East). Where selected people from local movements got invited (there by creating conflict in local groups -gate keepers or elitism problems) and this has created sort of funders hierarchy, and supportive one becoming teachers.. Next to that tacit knowledge from local, grassroots movements taken and provided to elite forces in a systematical way; via funded Researchers, experts and reports they prepared. These all had repeated as happened after 68 movement; and seattle and Social forums. At the end class differences reproduced but more importantly renewal of capitalism after its large crisis is supported by supposedly critical alternatives.. 

My worry and irritations based on the fact that it looks and feels like we have been either repeating this same pattern, or not doing enough not to repeat it. In either case there has been a concrete and informed ground to see and criticize these. 

If I am, as someone close to these names and groups can not be sure and has to assume many things and can not avoid think of conspires; what could we expect from those watching from far? 

In any case I thank again to all your open an sincere emails; that were at least giving a bit more clarity to the processes and projects you were involved. 

I really hope to be able to join more to these work and contribute on the ground; in Amsterdam, Montreal, localities and see things closer; or from your side more efficient measures taken towards genuinely open-governance practices. (Again as a model Remix the Commons Charter Constitute a great base).



> On 07 Jul 2016, at 17:14, Pat Conaty <pat.commonfutures at phonecoop.coop> wrote:
> Hi Orsan
> You raise some key issues. Thanks for doing so. However as I see it the problem is that the Commons movement as it is emerging more broadly and internationally has to take the time
> out to work this through. As I see it, the matter you are flagging up is one of social and ecological economic democracy and how to secure this together.
> This is really complex question and I think as committed people to the commons vision we are going through an early phase of development and now this tension
> that irritates you and understandably so, needs thinking about collectively and creatively.
> As the old analogy goes, Coming together and forming democratic and accountable structures typically involves the Storming, Forming, Norming and Performing stages of evolution.
> We are near the front end still and perhaps moving now from Storming to Forming. But what would be the appropriate form and structure? You seem to be asking this question
> loud and clear and it is vitally important.
> But hitherto as Michel and others have said, the set of relationships have operated rather loosely and with good will and thankfully with resource support for meeting and deliberating in different ways via the generous support of Heinrich Boell Foundation and other funders you have mentioned. This Storming around work has generated through Deep Dives and the books of David and Silke and the work of more local and country based commons networks a growing literature that is becoming more cohesive and coherent.
> However as you say how we decide on what to pursue in relation to topics and on what questions needs a modus operandi that can be commonly agreed I would hope.
> The tensions are growth pains I reckon. But to manage these tensions and difference of opinion I feel we should seek to avoid falling out with each other because so many people are working with sincere good will towards a vitally important vision we share and we need to try to remain United. But without clearer governance this will continue to be problematic. You are right about this.
> The Open Co-operativism report gives some insights I think into what a multi-stakeholder democratic governance system could look and feel like. You rightly criticise NGO governance systems and this is a crucial criticism and I agree with you about this. I trust others on this list feel the same.  But how concretely do we come up with a democratic architecture to enable us to manage in solidarity this growing and exciting range of work and efforts. Co-operatives and particularly the new generation of solidarity co-operatives whether worker or multi-stakeholder are a good place to start I believe in any exploration of an appropriate and Open governance model that is participative and democratic.
> I hope these comments may be helpful. I really value your work and insights Orsan and all the fabulous work with Network Labour that you have been co-ordinating and animating. I have really appreciated your personal help to me since we met in 2013 at the Economics of the Commons conference in Berlin.
> Let’s try to find a sound solution and stick together by working through these tensions constructively.
> In Solidarity 
> Pat 
>> On 6 Jul 2016, at 09:58, Orsan <orsan1234 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Silke, looking forward to your response, thanks! 
>>>> On 5 jul. 2016, at 19:06, Silke Helfrich <silke.helfrich at gmx.de> wrote:
>>>> Am 05.07.2016 um 17:21 schrieb Orsan:
>>>> , again it is not about individuals like you or me, but about
>>>> culture we are supposed to support and nurture.
>>> you nailed it, Orsan.
>>> that's what I thought, when I read your e-mail.
>>> More later, via the list
>>> in a hurry
>>> Greetings to all
>>> Silke
>>> In any case, I hear
>>>> first time that you are not employed by P2P-F and your activities
>>>> towards Wsf is not on behalf of the foundation, then to clarify; who are
>>>> you doing it for, who is paying for your time and labour, and expenses.
>>>> Do you reflect your preferences, philosophy and politics or the any
>>>> organization, then p2p-f? Would appreciate if you clarify this to those
>>>> following your and p2p-f's work. Again lack of my participation is not
>>>> the issue, but division of labour, and differences in cultural
>>>> reproduction is at stake here. Hope you and Michel, and others could
>>>> understand and respond to this dimension rather then giving political
>>>> answers.
>>>> Best.
>>>> Orsan
>>>> On 5 jul. 2016, at 15:38, Kevin Flanagan <kev.flanagan at gmail.com
>>>> <mailto:kev.flanagan at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>>>> LI don't have time at the moment for a full detailed response but I
>>>>> want to make a few things clear.
>>>>> 1) I am no longer employed by the P2P Foundation and the P2PF is not
>>>>> providing any financial support or payment for my participation in the
>>>>> FSM.
>>>>> 2) Elisabetta Cangelosi and I initiated a discussion about the
>>>>> presence of Commons at the FSM last year as an independent initiative.
>>>>> Meaning the only connection with P2PF is that the mailing list was
>>>>> hosted by P2PF.
>>>>> 3) We created mailing list and invited you Orsan several times to
>>>>> participate in the process. We value constructive input but your
>>>>> participation or lack of is up to you.
>>>>> Kevin
>>>>> On 5 July 2016 at 15:00, Örsan Şenalp <orsan1234 at gmail.com
>>>>> <mailto: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 <mailto: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
>>>>>  <mailto: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
>>>>>  <mailto: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
>>>>>>  <mailto: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
>>>>>  <mailto: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
>>>>>  <mailto: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
>>>>>  <mailto: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
>>>>>> P2P Foundation: http://p2pfoundation.net  -
>>>>>  http://blog.p2pfoundation.net
>>>>>> Updates: http://twitter.com/mbauwens;
>>>>>  http://www.facebook.com/mbauwens
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>>>>> --
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>>>>> Phone: +353 87 743 5660
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