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Participation at OpenSym 2018 conference

Last week from Dimmons we had the opportunity to participate at the OpenSym18 conference in Paris, the international symposium dedicated to open collaboration research and practice. We were presenting our work in two different areas related to the collaborative economy. On the one hand, we presented an analysis of technological and knowledge practices and their implications for the platform governance of of collaborative digital platforms, based on a sample of 100 cases in Barcelona (authored by Ricard Espelt and Mayo Fuster). On the other one, an analysis of match-funding as a formula for crowdfunding, using data collected on the behaviour…

Testing new materials and dynamics for co-created projects

Last week was very active for Dimmons with our participation facilitating different workshops, where we had the opportunity to advance in a first version of a platform cooperativism toolkit. Following our collaboration with La Comunificadora, the incubation project of commons collaborative economy initiatives promoted by Barcelona Activa and coordinated by the Free Knowledge Institute, we organized a co-creation session around the LliureTIC project. In that case we prepared a dynamic and materials to identify and discuss among different actors and organizations of the free/libre software sector in Barcelona experiences of products and services, as well as common needs that a…

“Rethinking Research” unconference at Coventry University

This week we participated in the unconference Rethinking Research (Disrupting and Challenging Research Practices) organized by the Center for Research Capability and Development at Coventry University. Inspired by publications such as The Slow Professor (Berg and Seeber, 2016), The Academic Book of the Future (Lyons and Rayner, 2016), or Creativity and the Knowledge Economy (Peters and Marginson, 2008), the meeting proposed an intense one-day program in which to rethink the role of researchers, new dynamics of generating and sharing knowledge and working in academic institutions. Enric Senabre facilitated a session on Agile adoption for research processes, around his PhD project,…

Toolkit for the co-design of citizen-science experiments (v1.3)

Connected to Dimmons’ research line of activity around methodological experimentation, Enric Senabre has been collaborating for his PhD project with OpenSystems, a team leaded by Josep Perelló from University of Barcelona, in a series of co-design experiences in the context of the European project STEM4youth. This collaboration has resulted in a publication analysing results from that experience in the Comunicar journal (“Participatory design of citizen science experiments”, preprint version here), coauthored with Josep Perelló and Núria Ferran-Ferrer. In parallel to that, Enric’s work during that project has also generated a set of materials for bringing participatory design to the early…

Analytical framework of the democratic and procommons qualities of collaborative economy organizations

Text originally published at DECODE blog on 06/10/2017  The collaborative economy (or collaborative platform economy) is used as a “floating signifier” for interactions among distributed groups of people supported by digital platforms. Such platforms  can enable people to exchange, share and collaborate on everything from power tools to work. It is growing rapidly and exponentially, creating great interest, and has become a top priority for governments around the globe. However, the collaborative economy suffers from important challenges. From Dimmons, we would like to highlight and address two of these challenges which are relevant in the context of the DECODE project: (1) platform collaborative economy…

“New Economy Models: the Victory of the Commons” Mayo Fuster interviewed @ Laura Flanders Show

Mayo Fuster Morell participated at “The Crisis of Politics – The Politics of Crisis” last Marcg, organized by Transnational Institute at Cape Town. A meeting of around 60 researchers, public intellectuals and social and political activists from around the world. Journalist Laura Flanders, from USA, interviewed Dr. Mayo Fuster with the feminist activist from Mozambique, Graça Samo, where they thought about commons as a framework to confront the global neoliberalism.   Original link of the program More info about “The Crisis of Politics – The Politics of Crisis”