Michel Bauwens

P2P Foundation

Michel Bauwens

P2P Foundation


Michel Bauwens, theoretician, activist, and public speaker, is one of the pioneers of the peer-to-peer movement. He is founder and director of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer productions, governance, and property. His work, both rich and complex, is built around the concepts of networks and caring for the commons, and lays the conceptual foundations of a production system that would serve as an alternative to industrial capitalism, which also involves new ownership and governance systems. Bauwens travels extensively giving lectures and workshops on the P2P and The Commons as emergent paradigms and the opportunities they present to move towards a post-capitalist world.

In 2014, Bauwens was research director of the floksociety.org which produced the first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador, in order to create policies for a ‘social knowledge economy’. In January 2015 CommonsTransition.org was launched. Commons Transition builds on the work of the FLOK Society and features newly revised and updated, non-region specific versions of these policy documents. Commons Transition aims toward a society of the Commons that would enable a more egalitarian, just, and environmentally stable world.

He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, who have organised major global conferences on the commons and economics.http://commonsandeconomics.org

His recent book ‘Save the world – Towards a Post Capitalist Society with P2P’ is based on a series of interviews with Jean Lievens, originally published in Dutch, it has since been translated and published in French with an English language publication expected in the near future.


In more academic work Michel co-authored with Vasilis Kostakis ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’ published by Palgrave Pivot in 2014. http://p2pfoundation.net/Network_Society_and_Future_Scenarios_for_a_Collaborative_Economy

He has been published widely and is listed (at #82) on the Post-Carbon Institute (En)Rich list. http://enrichlist.org/the-list/

Find his full bio here http://p2pfoundation.net/Michel_Bauwens/Full_Bio

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