samer hassan

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intro’d to Samer here – (Samer is principle investigator of p2p models):

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


oct 2016 – Samer Hassan on Online Tools to Increase Participation in Collaborative Communities


17 min – on trying to understand their needs

imagine finding and focusing on 2 needs that 7bn people have in common

21 min – basically a problem of participation

imagine if addressing those 2 needs – 7bn people can’t not engage/participate.. everyday

22 min – correct/precise info

begs people are alive first.. and then use that data/energy of 7bn alive people.. both (detox and ongoing legit info.. could come from self-talk as data]

24 min – on not wanting to explain things over and over

let people do what they are meant to do.. what they can’t not do.. then there’s no training

27 min – on app for the 1% (who are ready/initiating things) and the 90% (who don’t know what to do).. posting projects so people can see big picture of what’s happening and join.. or start a new project

imagine a mech that facil’s everyone’s curiosity everyday.. starting first with individual.. rather than having most follow other’s lead.. that’s how we get to the thriving/sustainability of the alive ness of people

41 min – bad feelings on .. i should know more.. and trainings on how to learn more

imagine trusting what everyone already knows.. as enough.. again.. imagine no training

53 min – on internal ness and tyranny of structureless ness and how to decentralize decision making..

begs we redefine decision making and consensus.. because.. am thinking if we have an undisturbed ecosystem we won’t even see most of what we think we need to decide about today.. will become irrelevant

57 min – q: on it being about a person rather than a system.. tension between structure and organic growth..  a: collective intelligence works but has to be guided.. that’s what we’re trying to do..

2 convers.. as infra

1:00 – q: on wanting to be able to work w people where we don’t discuss.. we just look into each other’s eyes and we know.. i don’t think we will ever get there…   a: in general.. such mature communities.. processors have done a lot of work and they don’t want to change it.. typically we work w younger communities because they are agreeable to change

we can now facil those kind of gathering in a space..  let’s do that


via michel fb

How compatible is the blockchain with the commons,

the view of Samer Hassan (p2p models)

cc Sarah Grace Manski

slide 7 – ostrom 8 principles


1\ how could they be clearly defined.. if alive and changing everyday.. no boundaries (borders)(marsh label law) – unless we want to call idio-jargon and/or daily curiosity labels boundaries

2\ have/need ness

3\ has to be all

4\ mech to listen to all the voices

5\ assume good

6\ your own song et al

7\ i know you ness and detox

8\ fractal ing stigmergy ness – stack ness

slide 8 – infra’d to smart contracts

smart contracts:

oy.. *contracts as essential to a functioning society..

science of people ness.. et al.. inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments to inspect inspectors

marsh exchange law

slide 9 – blockchain features

1\ tokenization  2\ self enforcement & formalization  3\ autonomous automatization  4\ decentralization of power over infra  5\ transparentization  6\ codification of trust

1\ [Tokenization is the process of replacing sensitive data with unique identification symbols that retain all the essential information about the data without compromising its security.] .. if we focus on the right data.. (ie: self-talk as data).. no need to tokenize.. ie: id and security become irrelevant

2 & 3\ how to be you via

4 & 5\ undisturbed ecosystem

6\ oxymoron – trust can’t be codified

let’s try blockchain (or whatever) to host life bits via 2 convers that io dance [world wide web\wikipedia&wordpress\blockchain (or whatever) interoperability dance].. because what we need most is the energy of 7bn alive people

slide 10 – bc facil ing the commons

facil commons via tech as it could be (ie: a means to listen to every voice.. every day.. and facil that)


find/follow Samer:

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Activist, Researcher, Associate Professor, in Madrid &  at Harvard. Pushing ERC , before   

madrid, boston

I am an activist, researcher and teacher, Faculty Associate in the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and Associate Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. I have a messy background mixing Computer Science, Social Sciences and Artificial Intelligence.

My focus is on decentralized collaboration. Specifically, I am passionate about how to build free/open source privacy-aware decentralized systems (e.g. blockchain) that may facilitate the sustainability of collaborative communities and social movements (from the Commons paradigm).

imagine this

2 convers.. as infra

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

I was recently awarded EU’s largest individual research grant, an ERC Grant of 1.5M€, to work on Blockchain-based Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) for bootstrapping a new type of Collaborative Economy. Find more at

p2p models

As UCM Principal Investigator in the (awesome) European project P2Pvalue, I have led the technical team that built:

re imagining value report

  • The backend-as-a-service for collaborative apps SwellRT, whose codebase was adopted by the Apache Foundation
  • The app for collaborative communities Teem, used by a diversity of social collectives
  • The real-time collaborative editor JetPad, which aims to provide a fully-fledged free/open source alternative to Google Docs, which is privacy-aware and decentralized/federated.

My previous research includes the following: I focused my PhD on the societal transition from modern to postmodern society in Spain, using agent-based social simulation. In the same line, I developed a series of data-driven simulations to understand the evolution of values, friendship, ideology, religiosity, demography.

did you try self-talk as data..?

I have several methodological works on how to combine different Artificial Intelligence techniques (software agents with fuzzy logic, natural language processing, data mining or microsimulation), exploring the potentials of hybridization.

imagine ai as augmenting interconnectedness..

More recently, I have published works on software systems that facilitate commons-based peer production, e.g. *semantic-web labelling for commons-based initiatives, distribution of value in peer production communities, agent-supported online assemblies, decentralized real-time collaborative software, decentralized blockchain based reputation.

*imagine just using daily curiosity as only label.. (because ie: marsh label law)

ie: cure ios city via 2 convers.. as infra

as it could be..

As an activist, I have been involved in a wide diversity of grassroots initiatives in Madrid (Spain) and in Beirut (Lebanon), together with several online communities, and I’m accredited as grassroots facilitator. may contact me directly using:

berkman klein center:


David Rozas – Postdoc researcher