- Copyright / -left
- Structure and authorship
- Audience variants
- Proposed titles
- Proposed content
- Suggestions for topics / chapters
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Peer production as a germ form
- Chapter 3: Peer production and the Marxist tradition
- Chapter 4: Peer production and labour
- Chapter 5: Peer production and growth
- Chapter 6: Challenges of contemporary hardware projects
- Chapter 7: A complete social model
- Chapter 8: Alternative to Oekonux
- Ideas for more chapters
- Other ideas
- Suggestions for topics / chapters
- See also
An Oekonux book on topics relevant in Oekonux could have a major impact and certainly would be a good thing.
The problem in fact is to have enough content for an (English) book. May be the Oekonux project has enough content meanwhile or can generate enough.
Also see the 2011 initiative on an Oekonux book.
In addition to hardcopies the book needs to be available for download.
Finding publishers seem not to be the problem. In fact a couple of people have contact to publishers (AlanT, AthinaK, Martin, MathieuO).
An alternative to a standard publisher would be a book on demand. However, a real publisher putting the book in its program is probably better.
A book could be a collection of articles from various authors. In this case there could be authors
- who participate in Oekonux
- who do not participate
Shall the latter be included?
Some quotes from the mailing lists.
Oekonux is a forum and not a political group or party. As Merten himself says: "Oekonux has no "party line"" (3jun09). Differences between participants are often important, even on important questions, as for example on the future possible "social model", see the discussions about Christian's model, especially with S.Merten. Also questions as the inevitability/possibility of a "violent social revolution" in order to expand a PP based society are from a general agreement between participants.
We can have for some chapters a unique text which corresponds more or less to a common agreement and two or more texts in the chapters where differences are too important. It may be stimulative for the reader.
I agree with Raoul that a book consisting of chapters written by different authors makes better sense. The result, of course, need not necessarily be a collection of disjointed, non-connected texts. A 'monolithic' design, in my opinion is not a precondition for logical coherence in the general argumentation; a modular design could also work. The chapters could thus be grouped conceptually based on their theme: for example, in such broad, yet clear, categories as peer production, peer property and peer governance.
An alternative would be to have a big narrative. What could be a story line for such an narrative?
Oekonux aims to disseminate the idea that peer production is a valid alternative to capitalism. A book should do exactly this.
Possible ways to do this include
- Basic (Oekonux) theory about peer production
- Outlining the potential of peer production on a theoretical basis
- Studies of existing peer production projects
- Relationship of peer production to classical social movements
- Addressing open questions of the generalization of peer production
The intended audience would have consequences for the structure of the book and also the language used. For the general public it should be not too complicated. Or rather: things need to be explained more.
A book, especially if it is a conference proceedings book, could have its main audience in academia.
A scientific book has a quite limited audience and by some is seen as a waste of time.
Also if we want to reach academia we can probably use the existing connections to existing academia institutions.
Such a book would have its main audience in the general public such as
- media people,
- Peer Production and Capitalism
- Peer Production: The missing link from capitalism to a new era
Content: Short general introduction to book and chapters. Peer production as already existing challenge to capital; but it is also coopted by capital (free content serves to justify the consumption of hardware for example). Need to consider free software / free hardware not just as challenge to copyright but as social / production process with broader potential.
Content: Explanation of free software and peer production, concept of "Selbstentfaltung".
Author: Stefan Merten / Oekonux, Stefan Meretz / Oekonux
Content: How does peer production relate to different strands of marxist theory today - German tradition (?), Althusser (?), Callinicos (?), Harvey (?), Negri/Tronti (?), etc.
Author: ?? / Oekonux
Content: Hacking as reaction to boredom, "radical role of hackers in preventing labour market from being sole determinant of allocation of programming resource in society".
Author: Johann Soderberg / Oekonux
Content: Against Left and Right "green capitalism" - need to consider relationship of peer production to productivity and growth.
Author: Oekonux / I could contribute some ideas to this.
Content: Overview of current projects that exist today that apply peer production principles.
Author: ?? / Oekonux
Content: How could a peer production society work - Siefkes' weighed contributions, d-pool, stigmergic, etc. Other models?
Author: Christian Siefkes / Oekonux
Content: There has been some disagreement with friends in P2P about issues such as the role of money and markets in a non-alienated way. Rather than excommunicating those we disagree with we should have a dialogue with them. In fact this chapter could be in the form of a dialogue between the two perspectives. This would make the book more self-critical, more reflexive and help it to breathe a bit.
Author: Michel Bauwens / P2PF / Oekonux
expertise / elitism
Role of "others", such as women in peer production (not sure about that - maybe just needs to be acknowledged in introduction that there can be barriers to entry and that these should be fought wherever applicable)
Governance and maintainership
Structure of collaboration
Relationship of technical and social means of production
Volunteers and paid work
The political economy of digital things (using mainly marxist theory)
Author: Andreas Wittel
What is a society and how does it work? What is a "social model"? How can we determine functions of a society?
Author: Stefan Meretz
Papers from speakers of 4th Oekonux Conference
Stuff from Oekonux/Books
A classical proceedings book documenting the contributions to the 4th Oekonux Conference and may be for prior Oekonux Conferences as well.
Such a book would likely be a scientific book.