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Social economy or peer production ? On the relationship of social economy and peer production

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Intervenant(s) :Stefan Merten
Type d'événement :Conférence
Niveau :Débutant
Date :Jeudi 9 juillet 2009
Horaire :09h40
Durée :40 minutes
Langue :English

Free Software and Wikipedia are two examples of a bigger phenomenon. In the Oekonux_ project phenomenons like this are researched and collectively called peer production. In peer production projects volunteers create useful things for the general public to use. Though this can easily be described as a form of economy it is obviously very different from capitalist standards. On the other hand there is social and solidarity economy which also differs in some ways from capitalist standards.

The talk starts with building a firm fundament of notions by defining the terms "peer production" and "social and solidarity economy". The talk continues analyzing the reasons and objectives for these two types of economies. A comparison of the two types of economies follows listing the commonalities and differences between them. Among other means the `social enterprise compass`_ will be used for explanation. Finally the talk considers both economies in their potential to the further development of capitalism and society as a whole. This part includes some suggestions for people interested in a long-term improvement of society.


social enterprise compass