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Lecture in Amsterdam: December 15 in De Waag

Dear friends,

thanks for forwarding this to your dutch friends and contacts,


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Wouter Tebbens
Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 11:33 PM
Subject: [Fwd: Lecture about Peer Production by Michel Bauwens - Amsterdam - 12 December 2008]

Hi All,

we've distributed the announcement and published it here:

Please distribute it under your networks also!

In a couple of weeks we will send out a reminder.

looking forward to the 15th!



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Lecture about Peer Production by Michel Bauwens - Amsterdam -
12 December 2008
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 16:27:03 +0100
From: Free Knowledge Events
Reply-To: Free Knowledge Events
To: Wouter Tebbens

*Network Civilization: Peer-to-Peer and the Rise of Green Capitalism*
/A lecture by Michel Bauwens about Peer Production/

Date & time: 15 December 2008, 20:00 hrs
Location: Waag building, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam
Organised by: Waag Society & Free Knowledge Institute

Just as the three quarters of oil engineers now agree that Peak Oil
is in sight within the next decade (after that, oil production can only
decline), can we also posit that we may have reached a moment of Peak
Hierarchy, a moment in history in which it is no longer large centralized
organizations that are most efficient or productive, but rather those
that are organized as distributed networks and can draw on peer producting

This is the thesis explored by the P2P Foundation, a global network of
researchers investigating the emergence of peer production, governance
and property, showing how this new 'hyperproductive' mode of producing
value is out-competing and out-collaborating traditional organizations.
Such a change will have huge implications for society, business, and
education. The election victory of Barack Obama, and his program of
green capitalism, opens up, because it cannot succeed without huge
strides in participation, the possibility of a 'high road' transition
towards a peer to peer society, based on the voluntary aggregation of
productive communities united around the creation of common value.

How would our society function, if GNU/Linux and Wikipedia were not
just emergent, but the model of a new type of institutions residing
in the core of our economy and politics?

Michel Bauwens will take us through the main concepts of P2P, such as
Free Software, open source, open content, open innovation, peer production,
free knowledge. As founder and president of the Foundation for P2P
Alternatives, Michel is developing a conceptual framework aiming
to explain these social processes and what it means for business,
education and government.

As the seats are limited it is strongly advised to register at
peter@waag.org. Please only register if you are sure to be
present, otherwise other people won't be able to participate.

The event is organised by the Waag Society and the Free Knowledge
Institute and is supported by Creative Commons Nederland.

*About the Free Knowledge Institute*
The Free Knowledge Institute (FKI) is a non-profit organisation that
fosters the free exchange of knowledge in all areas of society. Inspired
by the Free Software movement, the FKI promotes freedom of use,
modification, copying and distribution of knowledge in four different
but highly related fields: education, technology, culture and science.

*About the Waag Society*
Waag Society develops creative technology for social innovation. The
foundation researches, develops concepts, pilots and prototypes and acts
as an intermediate between the arts, science and the media. Waag Society
cooperates with cultural, public and private parties.

*About Creative Commons Nederland*
Creative Commons Nederland is a co-operative project of Waag Society,
Nederland Kennisland and the Institute for Information Law. Creative
Commons Nederland aims to develop and promote the Creative Commons
licenses in the Netherlands. These licenses offer creators a
best-of-both-worlds way to protect their works while encouraging certain
uses of them - to declare 'some rights reserved.'

*About Michel Bauwens and the Foundation for P2P Alternatives*
Michel Bauwens is an active writer, researcher and conference speaker
on the subject of technology, culture and business innovation. He is
the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works
in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration
of peer production, governance, and property. He has been an analyst
for the United States Information Agency, knowledge manager for British
Petroleum, eBusiness Strategy Manager for Belgacom, as well as an
internet entrepreneur in his home country of Belgium. He has co-produced
the 3-hour TV documentary Technocalyps with Frank Theys, and co-edited
the two-volume book on anthropology of digital society with Salvino
Salvaggio. Michel is currently Primavera Research Fellow at the
University of Amsterdam and external expert at the Pontifical Academy
of Social Sciences (2008). He currently lives with his family in Chiang
Mai, Thailand.

Most recent interview is here:

Wouter Tebbens, President
wouter [at] freeknowledge [dot] eu
Free Knowledge Institute :: Wibautstraat 150-1 :: 1091 GR Amsterdam ::
Tel. +31.622.500.981

Rob van Kranenburg, Head of Program Public Domain
rob [at] waag [dot] org
Tel. +31.641.930.235

Peter Troxler, Senior Project Manager
Waag Society :: Nieuwmarkt 4 :: 1012 CR Amsterdam :: The Netherlands ::
+31 20 557 9898

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