With the UK media running features on Rutger Bregman, his call for tax tax tax and Utopia for Realists UWP has published a manifesto proposing commons-based peer production as the surest way to harness technology for the benefit of all.
P2P it argues is a new system of value creation.
It is offers the virtues of new forms of social relations and new technologies in a way the downsides can be restricted.
And that P2P could head a major transformation in economic, political and social production that would represent a major departure in world history.
How to make the transition to a commons-orientated society to deal with environmental challenges and scarcity concludes the book.
Read alongside Bregman’s ‘possibilist’ positive take on opportunities for human flourishing and perhaps also Christian Fuchs’s suggestions for a public service internet to rebalance social media and the web towards the public interest, Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto argues that there are positive and practical solutions to the post-2008 financial crisis to be considered very seriously. Open coops can be the means to reimainge the world’s economies for example.
The work of authors activist Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis of the P2P Foundation and researcher Alex Paizaitis it is hoped that this short book’s influence will be enhanced via sharing and its open access form of publication from UWP’s own website at https://www.uwestminsterpress.co.uk/site/books/10.16997/book33/
UWP journal ESLJ is welcoming abstracts for special issue on the topic and the ‘cultural and commercial impact of entertainment and alcohol licensing schemes ‘. The deadline has now been extended to the 10th November 2018 for abstracts.
Authors should engage with the role of legal stipulations and procedures, though interdisciplinary research and perspectives from other disciplines are certainly appropriate. Article types include the following:
The Association ESOCITE (Asociación Latinamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Cience y la Tecnología) has honoured UWP author Mariano Zukerfeld in its best book category. The Amilcar Herrera Prize is awarded to the best book by an established author in the association’s field of social studies of science and technology at its annual conference this year held in Santiago Chile.
Also next week via the auspices of the Cambridge-based Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, the Culture, Politics and Global Justice research cluster has welcome all to join in a reading group which will look at the first two chapters of the book: Chapter 1: Capitalism, Physical Property and Intellectual Property (1-30) and Chapter 2. How to Know Knowledge? Introducing Cognitive Materialism (31-52). The book is available to download digitally from UWP’s website as PDF, ePub or for kindle.
16 October 2018, 16:00 – 18:00 Mary Allan Building, Homerton College
UWP’s third journal title Silk Road: A Journal of Eurasian Development was launched last week with a call for papers. The journal will ‘promote evidence-based scholarly research in social sciences and public policy studies that make the affairs of the Great Silk Road countries an area of significant interest, scholarship and impact.’
The journal’s editorial team is headed by Joint Editors in Chief Professor Peter Catterall, of the University of Westminster and Charles Becker of the Department of Economics, Duke University. The journal’s base is at Westminster International University in Tashkent (pictured) where Bakhrom Mirkasimov Dean of Research will act as Silk Road‘s Managing Editor. Submissions for the first issue are due 1 December 2018.