On the P2P Foundation’s current research activities
The P2P Foundation is a global collaboratory to create a knowledge commons on p2p/commons related activities, including through the monitoring of the emergence of a collaborative economy in all its facets.
Our specific research activities are the following:
– we monitor p2p research trends through a special wiki session,http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Research, which also includes referencing of master’s and phd’ theses; and through P2P-Research tags in diigo and delicious. The wiki section contains about 540 items and has been viewed by about 28k viewers
– we co-created the scholarly Journal of Peer Production which is hosted on our servers, http://p2pfoundation.net/Journal_of_Peer_Production
– we co-organized about 10 different scientific conferences over the last 6 years; this does not include commons conferences with the Commons Strategies Group
– we are part of a loose network of identified p2p researchers, i.e. the informalhttp://p2pfoundation.net/Association_of_Peer_to_Peer_Researchers, which shares information through a facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/322508360006/
– we share information on funding opportunities with that network, including on EU grants, and have participated in several projects; the next one will be the Mirror Democracy project in Lunenburg, Germany, in 2013.
– We produce research reports for clients such as the Orange Global Research group, i..e. the Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy,http://p2pfoundation.net/Synthetic_Overview_of_the_Collaborative_Economy
– individually, Michel Bauwens participates in a number of institutions such as the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the Hangwang Forum (Beijing/Chengdu), the Center for Transition Sciences at the UAM (Mexico City), IBICT in Rio; advisory board positions in the Union of Int’l Associations (Brussels); Shareable magazine (San Francisco), Zumbara Time Banks (Istanbul)
- Some of our members/sympathisers are working on a proposal for a p2p-oriented research methodology, the R2R Research Process Protocol Project, at http://p2pfoundation.net/R2R_Research_Process_Protocol_Project
Opportunities in Brazil
Cooperation with IBICT, civic and enterpreneurial groups, and public authorities/policy institutions
Brazil is emerging as one of the leading countries regarding collaborative economy practices. However, it is a under-researched area. It is also a under-reported area of development, both inside the country, but also outside.
We believe there is room for the following initiative(s).
1. The creation of a Center for Research on the Collaborative Economy and Productive Publics
This center would:
– monitor and promote research on the emergence of p2p/commons dynamics in civil society (productive publics), on accompagnying economic models and practices (collaborative economy), and on the enabling institutions that are necessary for its continued growth ; (emergence of partner state approaches and p2p-driven public services). This includes student-based research (master’s and PhD theses)
– do research into the enabling and empowerment conditions, including in terms of new pubic policies or institutions, both at a national and international level, to communicate policy proposals towards public authorities. This would make it the first p2p/commons oriented policy think in the world
– communicate from brazil to the outside world, about the emergence of the collaborative economy, social practices, and public policies, to enhance the knowledge and reputation of the Brazilian experience
– to function as a communication channel to inform the Brazilian public about best of class practices in this area in the rest of world
– the organization of bi-annual Open Everything conferences and exhibitions that would showcase civil and entrepreneurial initiatives in this area, creating a meeting point between external and internal experience
Link: Facebook Group