for a Commons Transition
We help people, organizations and governments transition towards open knowledge, commons-based approaches to society
The Commons Transition Consulting Group is a team of Commons and P2P-oriented researchers with new approaches to policy design and societal solutions. We help governments (national, regional, municipal) navigate the shift towards more decentralized models of organization inside and outside of government. We believe that this will not only lead to greater efficiency and reduced government spending, but also pave the way to a more engaged citizenry.
Learn through case-studies and practice how to create and apply policies that introduce open, commons-oriented and open source state logic.
Discover how to involve citizens in governing through participatory processes, participatory budgeting, open space methodologies and more.
Cooperative Social Services
Explore how local co-operatives can develop multi-stakeholder community oriented services while changing the logic of how people work together.
Understanding peer production
Learn how you can benefit and facilitate this new way of individuals or groups creating value together. Find out how to harness peer production to enable people to build the next Wikipedia or Linux.
Design Globally, Manufacture Locally
Discover how open design can lead to practices such as open farming technologies and the 3D printing of tools and objects, reducing transportation costs and creating resilient communities.
Reintroducing The Commons
Learn how creating shared resources and the legal structures that protect them can set the conditions for sustainable businesses, environments, and cities in order to help people flourish.
Head of Research
About Michel Bauwens
Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, organizing major global conferences on the commons and its economics. In the first semester of 2014, Michel Bauwens was research director of the floksociety.org research group, which produced the first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador, in order to create a ‘social knowledge economy’, with fifteen associated policy papers.
Researcher: Cooperative-Commons Convergence, Civil Society
About John Restakis
John Restakis is a pioneer in the introduction of social co-ops to Canada and the US, and has provided research and policy advice on social co-ops as a civil model for the design and delivery of public services for governments in British Columbia, Ecuador, Wales, and Greece. He has provided training and policy development on the social co-operative model developed in Italy for over 20 years
In addition to his role within the co-op movement, he researches and teaches on co-operative economies and the social economy, and lectures widely on the subject of globalization, regional development and alternative economics. His professional background also includes community organizing, adult and popular education.
Researcher: Commons-oriented Productive Capacities
About George Dafermos
George Dafermos is an Internet researcher and copyleft activist affiliated with the P2P Foundation. He holds a PhD in Technology Policy and Management from Delft University of Technology and is an internationally recognised expert on issues related to the digital commons, peer production, open/user innovation, online communities and new organisational structures enabled by the Internet. His personal website is accessible here.
Researcher: Commons Infrastructure for Collective Life
About Janice Figueiredo
Janice Figueiredo is a Brazilian commons activist. She worked for 20 years at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), primarily as IT Project Manager in Washington, DC, USA, where she led the development of institutional IT projects in a multi-cultural environment, and audited the IT activities of several Latin-American Country Offices of the institution. From 1997 until 2009 she was in charge of the Information Technology activities of IADB’s Office in Europe (based in Paris).
Since 2009 she has directed her research toward areas of collective intelligence, collaborative movements, P2P dynamics, the Commons, the open and sharing society, social business, complementary currencies, sustainable development and poverty reduction, with particular interest in exploring alternative models to the conventional economic paradigms based on centralization and scarcity.
Researcher: Commons-oriented Techno-social Infrastructures
About Vasilis Kostakis
Vasilis Kostakis is Senior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. He is also Founder of the interdisciplinary research hub P2P Lab and longtime collaborator of the P2P Foundation. Kostakis publishes and consults governments and organisations on the political economy of the commons; technology governance; innovation policy and sustainability; desktop manufacturing; digital currencies; and constructionist learning. His work combines theoretical sensitivity with action research and fieldwork, aiming at understanding phenomena from an insider’s perspective.
Rachel O'Dwyer / Lecturer, Digital Media Scholar, Data.ie
The commons transition project draws together vital research, practices and proposals for enacting forms of commons-based production on a transnational scale. It traces a blueprint for how we might collectively produce new vocabularies, politics and policies for social emancipation going forward.
Primavera De Filippi / Legal researcher on distributed online architectures , Berkman Center for Internet and Society
The Commons Transitions constitutes a possible shift from a traditional, capitalist society based on the notions of “ownership” and “exclusivity” towards the establishment of a modern Commons-based society based on the notions of “access” and “sharing”.
Neal Gorenflo, Co-founder, Shareable
Commons Transition has a direction that's close to my heart, to explore pathways to a commons-based society in which ordinary people take on the joys and challenges of charting their own destinies together in every sphere of life.
Get in touch with us
The Commons Transition Consulting Group is a part of The Commons Transition Platform, a database of practical experiences and policy proposals aimed toward achieving a more humane and environmentally grounded modes of societal organization.
Image Credits: “Panorama” by Mike Photo Art, “Frankfurt Main Panorama” by tausend und eins fotografie, “Colori di Bologna” by Martina, “Athènes – Plaka – 19-03-2007 – 7h37” by Panoramas. (CC BY-ND). Image of Michel Bauwens at OuishareFest 2013(CC BY-NC-ND), courtesy of Stefano Borghi, used with permission,