Evolving Towards a Partner State in an Ethical Economy | Reality Sandwich
A new model of power that may be an answer to the contemporary crisis of democracy is evolving out of new social practices. What can peer production teach us about the society of the future?
Can we then, imagine, a new type of state? Enter the concept of a Partner State! The Partner State, first theorized by Italian political scientist Cosma Orsi, is a state form that enables and empowers the social creation of value by its citizens. It protects the infrastructure of cooperation that is the whole of society.
While peer production will undboudtedly also emerge as a drive for resilience in bad times, a really thriving commons-based society requires a Partner State, i.e. a network of democratically-run for-benefit institutions which protect the common good on a territorial scale.