Shareable is honored to be collaborating with the Institute for the Future to host Michel Bauwens of the Peer to Peer Foundation for an evening of discussion and networking:
Institute for the Future (IFTF) and Shareable Magazine invite you to join us for a evening of discussion with Michel Bauwens, Founder of the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives, about the promise and challenges of the emerging peer-to-peer society. Please join us for this free event on October 24th, 2011, 7:00-9:00pm at IFTF headquarters in Palo Alto, California.
Michel Bauwen's basic thesis is the dominant Fordist mode of managing society has run out of steam and that a new technology enabled social forms are allowing a hyper-productive peer-to-peer mode to emerge. The new mode is exemplified by the open hardware and software movements, the peer created online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and the microfinance social enterprise Kiva. The peer to peer mode places power to create and manage resources directly in citizens' hands. Michel contends that in this shift is the opportunity to create a radically more democratic and sustainable global society, and just in time as governments and large institutions everywhere are failing people and planet. Is the shift to peer to peer a powerful answer to global civilization's most pressing problems or just a means to extend what already exists? This is the question that IFTF's Executive Director Marina Gorbis and Shareable Magazine's Neal Gorenflo will explore in discussion with the world's pre-eminent peer to peer intellectual, archivist, and activist.
Drinks and appetizers will be served.