UK Political Commentators on CE and Distributed Production
In this panel discussion by Novara Media (a left-wing new media platform in the UK), Paul Mason talks about the ‘circularity’ and James Meadway about ‘distributed production’. Two important aspects of our work.
It is quite light referencing and even though Paul Mason acknowledges the limitations of the nature of the ‘circularity’ there seems to be an endorsement of it regardless. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, perhaps there is an opportunity to put forward our alternative idea for the ‘circularity’ to him.
A Circular Commons
I was watching this video and reading quite a lot of things lately, in particular:
Governing the Commons (Elinor OStrom)
Ours to Hack and to Own (Scholz & Schneider)
Platform Capitalism (Nick Srnicek)
I have been thinking, that while the framework and methodology of ‘open source’ captures our approach to the development of products, I think our work is about a much broader valuing of the commons. For example, many of our ideas/concepts require different forms of organising companies e.g. in platform cooperatives. For me the methodology of open source, while I think crucial for us, might not fully capture the broader remit of what we do.
Then I thought of the term the “The Circular Commons”, which might be a useful term for us.
However, it might also be tautologous, because the preservation of the commons is typically embedded within any commons valued work.