Transforming Governance for People and Planet

Over the past six years I’ve had the pleasure of working with many great people in the P2P Foundation and the commons movement. A large part of this life thread has to do with new forms of governance. As I’ve stepped through various projects, the same issue of governance has come up again in again…

Linking Foresight and Action

The following is an adapted excerpt from a book chapter written for Rowell, L. L., Bruce, C. D., Shosh, J. M., & Riel, M. M. (Eds.). (2017). The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research. Palgrave Macmillan. The book chapter is entitled: “Linking Foresight and Action: Toward a Futures Action Research”. ************* For over a decade I…

Anticipatory Governance and the City as a Commons

Anticipatory Governance denotes large scale participatory processes and systems for exploring, envisioning, direction setting and developing a strategy for a region. Anticipatory Governance builds on experiments in Anticipatory Democracy popularized by Alvin Toffler and Clem Bezold,[1] combined with new developments in network based foresight.[2] Anticipatory Governance allows a city to harness the intelligence and wisdom…

Mutant Futures Program

Quick Details What: A personal-professional development program and process Location: Melbourne CBD (with limited experimental online / remote intake) Initial session times: Session 1, Wed 22nd Nov – 6:30-8:30 pm. Session 2, Wed 13th Dec – 6:30-8:30 pm. (further times to be arranged as a group) Program duration: 12 months (approximately 10 once-a-month sessions) (2…

Linking Foresight and Action

In 2015 I got the opportunity to write a chapter for the The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research, a pioneering effort that gathered together the spirit of transformative approaches to participatory action research into a remarkable compilation with dozens and dozens of chapters almost 900 pages long. The book brought together an amazing group…

Liquid Democracy and the Futures of Governance

This is a book chapter entitled “Liquid Democracy and the Futures of Governance“, which I published this year in a book edited by Jenifer Winter and Ryota Ono, entitled The Future Internet (Springer). The chapter is a synthesis of my research in Germany in 2013-2014 on Liquid Democracy, exploring questions regarding the significance of Liquid Democracy in broader…

Cosmo-localism and the futures of material production

Photo By Nicholas Zambetti – http://www.arduino.cc/, CC BY-SA 3.0,  This essay posits the idea of ‘cosmo-localism’ (or ‘cosmo-localization’) as a potentially useful concept in both explaining a new economic model and in formulating sustainable development pathways. It is a thought stimulation exercise that invites us to join a conversation about the design of a new political economy. The essay…

Interview with Joshua Vial: Past, Present and Future of Enspiral and Trans-national Collectives

Joshua Vial is the founder of Enspiral, the community, network and social enterprise in Wellington (New Zealand) which practices open source, networked and commons based enterprise creation. Enspiral is different from traditional businesses in a number of ways. They have an ethos of collective ownership and social impact, they have a networked form of organization…