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Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

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Michel Bauwens is the founder and director of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers on the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. Michel is also research director of CommonsTransition.org, a platform for policy development aimed toward a society of the Commons and a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group. He has (co-)published various books and reports in English, Dutch and French, such as ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’ (with Vasilis Kostakis), and ‘P2P, A Commons Manifesto’ (Westminster Un. Pr. 2019). His report ‘P2P Accounting for Planetary Survival’ examines which shared accounting systems are needed for production within planetary boundaries. Michel currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2017, he has crafted a Commons Transition Plan for the city of Ghent in Belgium, after a similar project for Ecuador in 2014. He has also been an advisor to SMart.coop – a fast growing European labour mutual for autonomous workers seeking welfare reform (‘commonfare’) while looking into biocapacity-based, contributive accounting mechanisms – and an independent candidate for the European Parliament. Michel is presently advisor to the Co-Creation Foundation in Vienna, and to One Project, crafting a commons-centric philanthropy strategy with the latter. Since 2021, Michel is advising a partnership of European educational institutions, coordinated by Uppsala University’s Department of Education (Leif Östman) and Ghent University’s Centre for Sustainable Development (Katrien Van Poeck), regarding the development of their knowledge commons strategy. 

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