Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation


I met Michel Bauwens, the founder of the P2P Foundation, at UrbanLabs which took place at Citilab in Cornellà, Barcelona. He kindly agreed to record an interview for the PodCamp Barcelona Podcast, but due to his hectic schedule it was impossible to do until recently. I finally caught up with Michel when he was in Amsterdam and we recorded this conversation over Skype from his hotel room. I think the recording provides a very good introduction to the work of the P2P Foundation and Michel’s vision.

About the P2P Foundation (from the P2P Foundation wiki)

We function as a clearinghouse for open/free, participatory/p2p and commons-oriented initiatives.

We aim to be a pluralist network to document, research, and promote peer to peer alternatives. Our political aims could be summarized under the following maxims:

  1. ending the destruction of the biosphere by abandoning the dangerous conceptions of pseudo-abundance in the natural world (i.e. based on the assumption that natural resources are infinite);
  2. promoting free cultural exchange by abandoning the innovation-inhibiting conceptions of pseudo-scarcity in the cultural world (i.e. based on the assumption that the free flow of culture needs to be restricted through excessive copyrights etc…).

For more information, or to get involved with the P2P Foundation, check out these sites:



Michel Bauwen’s extensive collection of bookmarks http://delicious.com/mbauwens

21st Century Deception

When I was a kid I believed the future would be a tech paradise….
Standing in chaotic queue at the hospital, everybody crammed into a small space to keep their place while the seats are empty becuse there is no turn system
Why can’t the doc do this – he’s sending me to another doctor -why can’t he do the appointment from his computer instead of sending me to the disorganised queue for appointments
Holding 3 copies of the same paper – paperless office anyone? The paper has a sticker with a bar code…
Health centre and hospiital computers not linked so my old address appears from Barcelona – trivial but what about records in an emegency situation?

Please, please, please let Google organise the health adminstration because clearly the administrators now DO NOT KNOW HOW TO…

notes for a post, written on the iPhone from the Hospital Arnau in Lleida

Adam Greenfield: This Charming Man

Adam Greenfield

(click photo for full groovy version of the podcast)

A couple of weeks ago I went to Madrid to meet Adam Greenfield and record a conversation with him for the PodCamp Barcelona Podcast.  This is the first part of the conversation – I'll post the second part shortly. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Adam for his time and being so approachable. If you ever get the chance to see Adam speak, take it – he is very interesting, stimulating, unassuming and an all-round charming man. Read his book Everyware to see how someone can write about complex ideas in beautiful, understandable language. And check out his blog Speedbird for more of the same great thoughtful and thought-provoking writing.