Chapter 30 – Be Your Own Peer! Principles and Policies for the Commons

Mathieu O'Neil, Sophie Toupin, Christian Pentzold

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At the heart of peer production lies the impulse to take control of one’s life and produce something independently of the authority of social and professional hierarchies. This is also a deeply moral impulse, as the fruits of one’s labor are meant to be shared with others: the commons are both the resource being produced and the means to produce it. In this way peer production challenges the dominant societal model based on the solitary consumption of perishable items which are always produced somewhere else. Peer production is therefore organically connected to issues such as sustainable development, the re-localization of the economy, and “degrowth”. This final chapter builds on the conceptual breakthroughs discussed in the Handbook of Peer Production to reflect on the existential import of peer production as a set of alternative ethical life-choices. It sets out to define legal, economic and policy initiatives required to grow the commons. Readers are presented with practical suggestions to shape the future by collaborating with others to create common goods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Peer Production
EditorsMathieu O'Neil, Christian Pentzold, Sophie Toupin
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
EditionFirst edition
ISBN (Print)9781119537106
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Publication series

NameHandbooks in Communication and Media


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