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Name  Michel Bauwens

Role  Writer

Born  March 21, 1958 (age 57) (1958-03-21) Belgium
Occupation  Activist, Director and Founder of the P2P Foundation
Books  Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy
Movies  Technocalyps, Pt. 2: Preparing for the Singularity, Technocalyps, Pt. 3: The Digital Messiah
Similar People  Bernard Stiegler, Ken Wilber, Jeremy Rifkin, Bruce Sterling, Terence McKenna

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Michel Bauwens (born 21 March 1958) is a Belgian Peer-to-Peer theorist and an active writer, researcher and conference speaker on the subject of technology, culture and business innovation. Michel Bauwens is a theorist in the emerging field of P2P theory and director and founder of the P2P Foundation, a global organization of researchers working in collaboration in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has authored a number of essays, including his seminal thesis The Political Economy of Peer Production.


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Bauwens regularly lectures internationally on P2P theory, the Commons and their potential for social change.

Michel Bauwens From the Communism of Capital to a Capital for the Commons

In the first semester of 2014 Bauwens was research director with the FLOK (Free Libre Open Knowledge) Society at IAEN, the National Institute of Advanced Studies of Ecuador. The FLOK Society developed a first of its kind Commons Transition Plan for the Ecuadorian government. Over fifteen policy papers the plan outlines policy proposals for transitioning Ecuador to what is described as a social knowledge economy based on the creation and support of open knowledge commons. One version of the plan is available online.

Michel Bauwens Michel Bauwens Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

He currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

P2P theory

Michel Bauwens Research for Transition Elevate Festival

In The Political Economy of Peer Production Bauwens regards p2p phenomena as an emerging alternative to Capitalism, although he argues that "Peer production is highly dependent on the market for peer production produces use-value through mostly immaterial production, without directly providing an income for its producers." However, Bauwens goes on to argue that the interdependence is mutual: the capitalist system and market economies are also dependent on p2p production, particularly on distributed networks of information processing and production. Consequently, p2p economy may be seen as extending or already existing outside the sphere of free/open source software production and other non-rival immaterial goods.

This idea is explored also in the essay Peer to Peer and Human Evolution that expands the P2P meme beyond computer technology. It argues that egalitarian networking is a new form of relationship that is emerging throughout society, and profoundly transforming the way in which society and human civilization is organised. The essay argues that this new form of non-representational democracy is a crucial ingredient in finding the solutions to current global challenges; as well as a new and progressive ethos representing the highest aspirations of the new generations.

Honors and awards

  • 2012 - Bauwen was nominated and included on the Post Growth Institute Enrich List – a parody of the Forbes List of Billionaires that aims to highlight influential post growth thinkers "whose collective contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures".
  • Works

    Bauwens has written for Open Democracy and Al Jazeera and has been mentioned by the New York Times, De Morgen, and Living Green Magazine.


  • 2013, "De wereld redden Met peer-to-peer naar een postkapitalistische samenleving", by Michel Bauwens and Jean Lievens, Houtekiet , ISBN 9789089242549
  • 2014, "Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy", by Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9781137415066
  • 2015, "Sauver le monde, Vers une société post-capitaliste avec le peer-to-peer", by Michel Bauwens and Jean Lievens, Les liens qui libèrent preface by Bernard Stiegler (at editionslesliensquiliberent), ISBN 979-10-209-0183-5
  • Essays

  • Peer-to-Peer Relationality by Michel Bauwens, 4 March 2012, published on
  • 2014, "From the Communism of Capital to Capital for the Commons: Towards an Open Co-operativism", Bauwens, Michel and Vasilis Kostakis, Triple-C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 12(1)
  • Reports

  • A Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy. By Michel Bauwens, Nicolas Mendoza and Franco Iacomella, et al. Orange Labs and P2P Foundation, 2012.
  • Documentaries

  • With Frank Theys, Bauwens is the co-creator of the 2006 documentary TechnoCalyps, an examination of transhumanism and the 'metaphysics of technology'.
  • Speeches

  • In September 2014 he gave a keynote at the Degrowth Conferences in Leipzig, Germany on "The Transition to a Sustainable Commons Society in Ecuador and beyond".
  • References

    Michel Bauwens Wikipedia

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