‘Occupy’ and the emerging open-source civilisation by Michel Bauwens | Al Jezeera

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The Occupy Wall Street movement is a model for a new economic paradigm, in which value is first created by communities. Let’s look back at the workings of Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park, when it was still in operation in the autumn. At its centre was a productive public, reaching consensus through the General Assembly and offering all kinds of templates (“Mic Check”, “Protest Camping”, “Working Groups”, et cetera) which, in a true open-source way, could be copied and practiced by similar communities the world over, but also modified to suit local needs. This community had all kinds of needs: physical needs, such as food, shelter and healthcare. Did they resort to the market economy for this? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. Occupy Wall Street set up working groups to find solutions to their physical needs. The economy was considered as a provisioning system (as explained in Marvin Brown’s wonderful book, Civilising the Economy), and it was the “citizens”, organised in these working groups, who decided which provisioning system was appropriate given their ethical values.
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