p2p models

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P2P Models is a large research project to build Blockchain-powered organizations which are decentralizeddemocratic and distribute their profits, in order to boost a new type of Collaborative Economy (tweet thread). The project has three legs:

  1. Infrastructure: Provide a software frameworkto build decentralized infrastructure for Collaborative Economy organizations that do not depend on central authorities.
  2. Governance: Enable democratic-by-design models of governance for communities, whose rules are, at least partially, encoded in the software to ensure higher levels of equality.
  3. Economy: Enable value distribution models which are interoperable across organizations, improving the economic sustainability of both contributors and organizations.


The Collaborative Economy is rapidly expanding, but it is dominated by centralized web platforms which hold user data and concentrate all decision-making power andprofits.

P2P Models is a 1.5M€ EU-funded interdisciplinary research effort for bootstrapping the emergence of a new generation of self-governed and more economically sustainable peer-to-peer Collaborative Economy communities. It is a 5-year project (2017-2022) which will be based in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), with Principal Investigator and advisors from the Berkman Klein Center (Harvard University).

The project will contribute to the Blockchain ecosystem, from a commons-oriented approach (not focused on finance). It will build software modules, grounded on social theory, for the easy building of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations that aim to support collaborative communities. You may get a deeper insight of the project in this 5-page project summary.

principle investigator: Samer Hassan

advisory board includes: Yochai BenklerPrimavera De Filippi, Juliet Schor, David BollierSilke Helfrich, ..


intro’d here:

Samer Hassan (@samerP2P) tweeted at 11:27 AM on Fri, Jul 13, 2018:
Working on #commons or #blockchain? Project Manager or Senior Developer? Willing to move to Madrid? We are hiring at our awesome project @p2pmod ! Interdisciplinary research and software development with social impact 1/x
#ITjobs #jobs https://t.co/AGxHzyIIza



1\ challenges

Collaborative Economy (CE) (or Sharing Economy) is an emergent socio-economic model where communities of individuals are coordinated through online software platforms for the creation, production, distribution, trade and consumption of goods and services, typically in a peer-to-peer manner. Its volume was estimated to be $15B USD in 2015 and projected to reach $335B USD by 2025


measuring/describing via money.. dang guys

The highly innovative character of P2PMODELS is expected to open new horizons, by *expanding the limits of how software facilitates human collaboration. In the short term, this project will allow us to understand the viability of DAOs as an alternative form of large-scale organization, and the extent to which technical governance is possible to promote human collaboration. In the long term, it enables a new generation of communities where users can collaborate without knowing or even trusting others, relying instead on decentralized infrastructures, with part of their decisions automatically executed by algorithms they define.

short answer – *taking limit of how software facils human collab to infinity.. w/o knowing but always trusting others.. perhaps specific to testing:

WP5: Testing & Community Engagement (M24-M60) will interact and engage with case-study CE communities, test prototypes, and gather feedback. It will empirically validate the WP4 prototypes. It will identify communities interested in larger testing (some are open to this kind of experimentation [54]). It will use qualitative research (semi-structured interviews, usability testing) and Design Thinking techniques.

long answer

the Collaborative Economy ecosystem faces 3 key structural challenges:

A) Infrastructure Layer: Centralized Surveillance.. (Surveillance is frequently considered the business model of the internet)

2 convers as infra.. and gershenfeld something else law rendering surveillance irrelevant (because inspectors of inspectors will be doing something else as well – model becomes listening in order to connect – augmenting interconnectedness)

ie: hub of info will come from self-talk as data – mainly cure ios city.. stored in perhaps a blockchain – as hosting-life-bits.. that io dance.. mainly locally by connecting people before mid day with like-people.. same daily curiosity.. that day

B) Governance Layer: Disempowered Communities.. (concentrating the decision-making power at the top)

thinking if we let go enough.. decisions/problems we feel like we need to address today would become irrelevant /non-existent ie: 7bn people talking to themselves first everyday..rather than listening to other feeds (news/friends).. first.. what we need most is the energy of 7bn alive people

C) Economic Layer: Concentration of Profits.. (high entry barriers for new )

no barriers.. no measuring transactions..  no money

2\ state of art tech infra

DAO Development. No comprehensive effort has been undertaken to develop a toolkit for building DAOs, which could make research possible on complex issues including large-scale collaboration, community governance, and distributed economic models. ..P2PMODELS will explore new approaches to building DAOs, focused on enabling a DAO ecosystem for *non-financial purposes, and with appropriate standardization and interoperability.

hope by *non fin you mean money/measure less.. if so.. this would be a ‘concrete topic to collab on’

DAO communication, collaboration, storage

self-talk as data communicated to tech (as it could be) via 2 convers as infra.. to facil collab  and stored as hosting-life-bits

topics for discussion/collab (from the paper):

1\ expanding limits of how software facils human collab

2\ interact with and identify communities interested in larger testing
3\ DAO communication, collaboration, storage
the experimentation i’ve been a part of is based on getting at the root of healing/detoxing humanity sans money/measure-of-transactions. i believe this approach renders many ‘challenges’ irrelevant.. ie: surveillance, decision making, profits..



p2p models on twitter

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Large research project to build  organizations that are Decentralized, Democratic & Distribute their profits 

Madrid / Boston / Internet

also @drozas – David Rozas

Postdoc researcher . ½ computer scientist, ½ sociologist. Trying to bring together the social and the technical to foster Commons-Based Peer Production.

newsletter: https://us18.campaign-archive.com/?u=212daf817275b5b6eb3f789d1&id=446bacb5e6

41 min video – 4 person panel (w bettina warburg) – applications beyond money – [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kt1Y5o88pU]

10 min – antonio

12 min – on beyond money – property ownership..

13 mi – automating bureaucracy

bettina – i agree w guy.. not so much apps realm.. but helping large enterprises .. about where business change


16 min – next level has to push for cultural shift.. a lot more than just tech side

bettina – thinking about usability in existing systems.. governance guiding it

19 min – antonio – use in community – social good –

32 min – antonio – like to see used for interop reputation..



p2p foundation

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 a nother way  .. as it could be..

2 convers.. as infra

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]