How does value work in emerging organisational forms? What conditions favour collaborative production? What distinguishes the commons from traditional hierarchical and commercial organisations?
Commons based peer production is an emerging and innovative production model in which the creative energy of large numbers of citizens is coordinated, usually through a digital platform, outside of the parameters of the traditionally hierarchical and mercantil organisation resulting in the public provision of commons resources. Some well-known examples are Linux, Wikipedia, Open Street Map and SETI.
Recently there has been an expansion to other areas of activity, such as citizen science, product design, management of common spaces and open data sources.
The P2Pvalue project is mapping the diffusion and hybridization of peer production and investigating the conditions which favour collaborative creation and the logic of value of these emerging forms. The research results will be used to develop a digital platform based on decentralized architecture and the design of public policies that promote the commons.