Dimmons blog

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”

European Parliament – 12 May – “New technologies and digitalisation: opportunities and challenges for Social Economy and Social Enterprise”

Next Friday 12th May, Mayo Fuster Morell has been confirmed as participant at “New technologies and digitalisation: opportunities and challenges for Social Economy and Social Enterprise”, organized by the European Economic and Social Commitee this time. PROGRAMME 9.00      Registration and coffee 10.00 Welcome Speeches: Michael Smyth, Vice President Budget – EESC Slawomir Tokarski, Director Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing – DG GROW 10.15 Introduction: What can be expected from the event? 10.30State of affairs: opportunities and challenges Moderator: Peter Baeck – Nesta Gaia Marcus – Centrepoint François Durollet –  Simplon Anna Sienicka – Tech Soup Alain Coheur – Belgian National Union of Socialist…

European Parliament – Thursday 30 March – “Bridging Civic Innovation & Politics”

Next Thursday 30th March, Mayo Fuster Morell has been confirmed as participant at “Bridging Civic Innovation and Politics. Bottom-Up approach to policy-making: working with grassroots, creative communities and citizens”, organized by Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group in the European Parliament. PROGRAM 14:30 – 15:30 Registration and Accreditation 15:30 – 15:40 Welcome speech – Eleonora Evi, MEP EFDD 15:40 – 15:50 Presentation of the Civic Innovation Network – Khushboo Balwani, CIN 15:50 – 16.00 Presentation of the EP work on Collaborative Economy – Marco Zullo, MEP EFDD 16:00 – 16:20 EU initiatives on civic innovation (JRC – European Commission)…

The Rules of the Game of Platform Cooperativism

Text originally published by Guido Smorto for CCCB Lab on 07/02/2017 “Platform cooperativism” has become the most successful term used in the ongoing debate on shared governance and shared ownership in the platform economy. It attempts to define the new organizational structures and entire ecosystem that can offer a true alternative to the large-scale, for-profit corporations that are exploiting online cooperation among “peers”. However, in this lively debate the issue of market regulation has so far received little attention, especially with regard to the context of the European Union. This short article aims to show that the many solutions to…