Commoning Infrastructures, Infrastructural Commoning

Slides and transcript of the Infrastructure keynote at the Economics and the Common(s) Conference. Berlin, 2013

48 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2015

Date Written: May 23, 2013

Abstract

This keynote is about designing infrastructures that favor commoning instead of commodity-production. It argues that due to their social character, infrastructures can be akin to commons; but that they are generally designed in ways that favor commodity production, and that foster individualistic, environmentally destructive behavior. It then discusses two correlated challenges: how communities can appropriate themselves of existing state-provided infrastructures, and how can we expand commons and turn them into infrastructures. Finally, it presents some emerging examples of alternative approaches to infrastructures that might be more commons-enabling, and highlights the tensions and contradictions involved in them.

Keywords: commons, infrastructure, commoning, smart grids, Guifi.net, Marabá Rural Campus

JEL Classification: D7, H55, L96, Q15, Q4

Suggested Citation

Said Vieira, Miguel, Commoning Infrastructures, Infrastructural Commoning (May 23, 2013). Slides and transcript of the Infrastructure keynote at the Economics and the Common(s) Conference. Berlin, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2620849

Miguel Said Vieira (Contact Author)

Federal University of ABC (UFABC)

Brazil

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