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
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
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