From Proprietary Systems to Open Value Regimes: Collaborative Economies and Blockchain Technologies

March 16, 2016

Michel Bauwens

Wednesday, March 16, 6:00PM–8:00PM, Room 1800, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's School of Communication, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), & the Master of Arts in Global Communication

The dominant neoliberal value regime commodifies everything as a specific form of ‘economic value,’ leaving little room for alternative approaches to social, environmental or economic issues. Networked forms of production offer a range of new, open value practices in which communities themselves decide what value is, how it is produced, and how it should be redistributed. This lecture will explore these new value regimes and their productive practices with specific attention to digital innovation and collaborative design; the relationship of market-based production to the commons; and the potential of blockchain technologies to unseat monopoly forms of economic valuation and market-based incentive systems. 

The P2P Foundation has been documenting new value practices for over ten years in cooperation with new productive communities, ethical entrepreneurs, coalitions and for-benefit associations. This lecture can be seen as a summary of what has been learned about the 'becoming-system' of the new value regime over the past decade.
Michel Bauwens is the Founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives (P2P Foundation) and the Head of Research for Commons Transition. He is a world-renowned peer-to-peer (P2P) theorist, academic, writer, researcher and conference speaker on the subject of new technology, digital media, culture, politics, governance, and social and economic innovation. Michel is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, Chair of the Technology & ICT working group of the Hangwa Forum (Beijing, Sichuan), and Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam. He advises Ouishare (Paris), Shareable magazine (San Francisco), Zumbara Time Bank (Istanbul), and ShareLex. He writes editorials for Al Jazeera English and Open Democracy, and co-authored the book Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy with Valisis Kostakis (Palgrave Pivot, 2014). In 2014 he served as Research Director for the FLOK Society, which produced a Commons Transition Plan for the Government of Ecuador.  He was also the lead writer and researcher for A Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy (Orange Labs, 2014).