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Stewarding material commons - Bauwens

Note: This work-in-progress note is superseded by a P2PF publication: Bauwens & Pazaitis (2019), Accounting for planetary survival.

Systems of peer-to-peer, ‘open value’ accounting - the topic of this report - are vital for making global-local systems of material provision and access, of material means of subsistence and wellbeing - the basic agenda of landscape §1 in the foprop pattern language. The pattern language will have several key patterns relating to this area of post-Fordist, value-chain, organisational capability and material provision.

The notes below give a flavour of the coverage in the 2019 published report.


In the Loomio Open App Ecosystem group, Michel Bauwens of P2PF posted the following synopsis of a work in progress at 01aug18.  NOTE: Highlights and emphasis are added [mh] . .

This is re-posted within the Loomio group, with a commentary on the Open App Ecosystem by Bob Haugen, here

This is basic work toward framing patterns involving . . operational coordinating of #supplychain activity, mutually orienting practice in #openvalue systems, deploying #hashchain technologies, implementing thermodynamic accounting, mutualising #naturalagents as economic actors . . and other fundamental aspects of commoning practice in the #generative #usevalue economy of everyday making and need.

Title: Turning Externalities into Internalities

Subtitle: Is it possible to produce for human needs without externalities

Chapter 1: Introduction and Context

  • The emergence of post-subordinate autonomous workers: the role of labor mutuals and platform cooperatives in the commons economy (the blockchain economy as a tool for contributory cognitive labor)


** crypto economy as a re-balancing of power between labor and capital

** crypto economy as network-dominant economy beyond corporate and state power

** role of labour mutuals

  • Value in the Commons: a summary of previous findings (value sovereignty, transvestment strategies, reverse cooptation of capital for the commons)

  • Evaluating the Emergence of the Crypto Economy from the point of view of the commons (mobilizing competency networks for common goals; towards commons-based DAO’s ?) so


** critique of market totalitarianism (leviathan, hobbes and gaia)

** crypto as sovereignity of the corporate class vs sovereignty of civil society (need to disentangle both) (five scenario’s of manski)

** distinguishing distrlbuted ledgers from the blockchain (explain ledgers and DLT’s), also in relation to trust

** rebalancing capital and labor for cognitive production: learning from the token economy

** transforming the token economy for the commons (in detail, what the shift entails, f.e. From competitive to cooperative games, from smart contracts, to ostrom contracts)

** two kinds of economics (Polany’s distinction)

** scaling trust (big brother to little brother)

** from govt and corporate, third party coordination to autonomous network coordination

  • The Role of Accounting in the Shift towards the Peer Production of Everything (accounting as mediation with the physical, bringing stigmergy to material production through open and shared supply chains, )


** history of ledgers ?

** explain 3 layer model

** explain functional governance transition

** local vs global (example from city graph 3.6)

  • Solving the Problem of Externalities: towards an externalities-free mode of production ? (how can externalities be normalized as internalities in predistributive social distribution and regenerative ecological production)

Chapter 2: Evolutions in Accounting

  • Accounting for contributions (positive social)


** predistribution within commons

** basic income in society

  • Maintaining acceptable social distribution, i.e. relative equality in the distribution of value (negative social)


** from redistribution to predistribution

** acceptable inequalities

** learning from the past (hunter-gatherers, ancient democracies, medieval communes)

  • Respecting the Doughnut (negative ecological): how to stay within planetary boundaries while providing for human needs

  • Thermodynamic Accounting or: biophysical accountability (positive ecological): accessing thermodynamic flows in open and shared supply chains

Chapter 3: The Emerging toolbox

  • Supply chain projects: Provenance, Oxchain, Open Motors, Wikifactory, Envianta ?

  • Distributed ledgers (Holochain): going beyond extractive blockchains


** distributed ledgers as the open and shared supply chains

** tokens for valuing non-mercantile value

** generative finance: social and ecological

  • Ostrom Contracts ? (David Dao): smart contracts for commons-based DAOs

  • REA (Resource-Event-Agent) Accounting for Eco-systems (from corporate to ecosystemic open and shared supply chains)

  • Ethical current-sees? Monitoring flows and rewarding contributions: The Economic Space Agency: mutualizing investment, risk-taking and speculation (commons-based derivatives for financing future common production), Faircoin/Commoncoin + learning from labor allocation in intentional communities (Allen Butcher’s work)

  • Tokens for Regenerativity (Regen’’s Ecological State Protocols; circular financing of regenerative practices)

  • Impact Accounting through the Common Good Economy

  • Global Thresholds and Allocations for biophysical accountability (the Reporting 3.0 framework)

  • Large scale governance (Daostack’s holographic governance)

  • Designing Cooperative games instead of competitive games (RChain) ?

  • DAO’s for natural agents: the Terra0 project for augmented forests

  • ? Trustlines Network ?

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