a platform dedicated to catalyze Commons-based Peer Production

Our Design is a platform dedicated to catalyze Commons-based Peer Production (CBPP), which is an emerging production paradigm that is going to power the upcoming post-growth materials economy.to deepen your understanding, we highly recommend the book Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto by Alex Pazaitis, Michel Bauwens, and Vasilis Kostakis This platform aims to enable: mass collaboration among peers, permanent information storage and proper content licensing.

This emerging paradigm uses a concept called Design Global, Manufacture Local (DGML) and is a shift of mindset when it comes to designing and production, with the following formula: what is light (knowledge, bits) is global, and what is heavy (manufactured goods, machinery) is local. Hence stuff is designed globally as commons which serves as blueprint for local production. It's a fundamental shift that enables us to reimagine the means of production.

The concept originates and has been advocated for some time now by the P2P Foundation.

This platform is free and open-source, and is made by Our Movement — itself a movement aiming to promote radical social change by catalyzing the emergence of resilient communities.


The problem

Information and inefficient production

Our current economic system is one of markets that are based on competition, and competing entities are incentivized to be as secretive as possible because it ensures competitive advantage over others. Because it's based on competition, every single competing entity is spending almost the same amount of resources to be competitive and remain solvent, and this practice results in a lot of wasted resources in the process. Imagine for instance the amount of the resources wasted just on R&D alone, where every single competitor is more or less spending the same to roughly make the same thing; without even counting expenditure on things like: advertising, payroll, rent, infrastructure, etc. Therefore, our economic system produces a lot of stuff inefficiently, and quite a lot of information but incentivizes its hoarding over sharing - and that's why there is very little of it publicly available.

Most of the free and open information that is currently available, exists mostly in separate blogs, YouTube videos, Github, personal websites, platforms; is unstructured, lacks any means of collaborationexcept for coding platforms, and often times lack proper licensing to prevent for-profit commercial exploitation - should the author decide to. This lack of cohesion can also result in information loss due to personal websites and blogs going permanently offlineaverage lifespan of a webpage is 100 days.


Production for the most part is centralized, where entities take advantage of mass-production to lower production cost, and production is usually done in some of the poorest societies, incentivized by the slave-like cheap and unprotected labor. Raw materials are shipped from all over the world to these places to be processed and then shipped again all over to the wealthier societies for consumption.check this article out to better understand the state of world trade

Maritime transport results in a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, a major polluter with about 3% of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year.



Design principles


Producing enterprises


Content licensing

All material uploaded on this platform will be legally protected by default using a special license, in which only non-profit entities and individuals intending for personal use can share and re-use the material, but not commercial entities or individuals intending on making profit.

This type of licensing enables non-profit enterprises from around the world to use digital commons for local production, in service of their community. It also gives them the competitive advantage to outperform their for-profit counterparts.


This software is free and open-source, and its source code is licensed under Peer Production License (PPL).check Peer Production License for more information


This platform is in the ideation stage and will be built using HolochainHolochain is a DLT that enables p2p communication efficiently and at scale. It is open-source and is made by Metacurrency Project for handling data storage and integrity, IPFSIPFS is a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol. It is open-source and is made by Protocol Labs for file storage, and QMLQML is a declarative language designed specifically for composing efficient App User Interfaces. It is open-source and is made by Qt Project for the User Interface (UI). It will be accessed most commonly through web browsers but there will also be native apps for major Operating Systems. The platform will be fully distributed and run among its peers.

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