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A report on Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Forum on the commons

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Here is an excellent post on by Mayo Fuster: A report on Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Forum on the commons 16-17 Fe 2012 in NYC from the eyes of a digital commoner from the global movement generation coming from Barcelona

The relation highlighted between “pre-political” groups and the movement is well taken, as it is the highlighting of the question of “care” — and specifically the example of the Tanzanian student who joined the movement after having been “liberated” . . .some of this may evoke some practices in digital communities, but I think it goes far deeper in human socialbility . . .when Mayo wrote about the “pre-political” stuff I did not think about digital commons, but water associations in cochabamba, or simply those affective and mutual aid interactions that are constituted among networks of friends . .in other words, movements are a specific arena of commons of different nature, . . movements in turn plays a role in consolidating, reconfiguring and scaling up the commons . . .

A new language for the commons

Friday, October 21st, 2011

a new operational language of direct democracy, developed in the last decade in thousands of occasions of commoning at the heart of new social movements, and inspired by the practices that for hundreds of years have been at the heart of indigenous commons, are now presented to the world in the form of a movement challenging global capital . . . now, I think this is damn important!

oh the times . . .they are a changing . . .

Monday, March 14th, 2011

This video is a time-lapse series of maps marking major uprisings and protests around the world during December 18 to March 7, 2011 . . .

Women in the present condition: Interview with Silvia federici from “Reclamation”

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Political Work with Women and as Women in the Present Conditions: Interview with Silvia Federici

Maya Gonzalez and Caitlin Manning

God or Marx?

Friday, December 10th, 2010

We received a photo from some friends passing by the jesuit mission of Bolivia. They write: “We hesitate between god or marx, but anyway why is he picking his nose”?

From 2010-12-10

Work for the poor, commons put to work: the next market wave.

Friday, November 20th, 2009

The next disciplinary market wave — if it will come at all — will likely be greatly dependent on commons at every scale of social action. For this reason, a reasonably strong political recomposition wave around commons to contrast this market wave is the minimum that is necessary for social justice and for saving the planet,

. . . if only . . . .

Take this account on venture capital drying up and web companies start-ups looking somewhere else for their development. As the financial crisis intensifies, small start-ups companies mobilise circles of friends to type up code. If they are not able to mobilise enough commoners to turn into social capital, they will then subcontract to the poor. Non profit companies like samasource are devoted to this task, with an incredible zeal, self-confidence, creative-corporate cool image, and conviction of doing good. Just check them out for what a friend has defined an “unbelievable hubris.” They go out and train refugees, poor women and youth into microwork. This is part of a growing phenomenon quite interesting and scary at the same time. Like in those cases, in which reproduction services like reading bed time stories or helping children in their homework can be subcontracted to poor workers on the other side of the world, eager women- and men-fridays mobilised by With some strong coordinated policy commitment this stuff could be part of a possible way forward for capital: the mobilisation of commons either directly (through the production of commodities), or indirectly (through cheapening of reproduction of labour) for the expansion of markets and diffusion of capitalist work. In this sense, microwork would complement microcredit as a strategy to put the planet to work masked as “war against poverty” . (By the way, on microcredit, it is crucial to remind of the riots it provoked in Nicaragua not long ago.

In short, innovation will be either “financed” by commoning — in the hope to reap a reward through creation of a competitive advantage — or it will be subcontracted to the poor, who in turn depends heavily on commons circuits for their livelihoods, something that gives them the “competitive advantage” vis others cyber workers. But not all is lost. Here an interesting hint on a spill-over affect of this training of the poor for microwork: the discovery of facebook.

Popular protests against microfinance in Nicaragua

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


Confronted by the bold protests of the Movimiento de Productores, Comerciantes y Microempresarios de Nueva Segovia, or more colloquially as the No Pago (I Won’t Pay) movement, politicians are growing increasingly nervous that the group’s protests are scaring away international investors and could strike a heavy blow against the country’s shaky economy.

The first signs of unrest appeared more than a year ago, following remarks made by President Daniel Ortega at a political rally in the northwestern province of Jalapa. The region was simmering with tension after a large microfinance corporation had six debtors arrested. Their families chose to barricade the highways for 11 days in protest.

“We need to end this policy of usury,” Ortega told a crowd on July 12. “Instead of protesting on the streets, protest before the offices of usurers and plant yourselves before them. Stand firm, for we support you!”

Ten days later, borrowers behind in their loan payments tried to burn down a microfinance office in the department of Nueva Segovia. Some time afterward, debtors stormed another MFI and refused to let personnel leave the building; the resulting showdown with police left one civilian blinded from a rubber bullet. (more…)

The World’s Largest Worker-Owned Cooperative

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The world’s largest worker-owned cooperative, the Basque Mondragon, is slowly becoming a business model. Check this story out Steelworkers Form Collaboration with MONDRAGON, the World’s Largest Worker-Owned Cooperative
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Economic Crisis as a response to Class Struggle

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

An interview to Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis on KBOO Community Radio discussing the current crisis =>

commons on video

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

video_button_white_dred.gifhere is the latest video on the commons . . .where some definitions are provided: