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This talk examines and utilizes the experience of Commons-based communities for the benefit of educational commons and anarchist pedagogies. The commons is a triad consisting of a resource, a community, and the management rules that the community forms in order to co-create and co-manage this resource (Bollier, 2014). Commons can be seen as peer to peer horizontal human relational dynamics and as a process of political struggle against enclosures (e.g. statized or corporatized enclosures in education) on the vision of collective self-determination and autonomy.

Over the last decades, numerous open-source initiatives and hackers communities have created processes, tools and artifacts in a collective, commons-based way that differ heavily from (and sometimes outperform) their dominant authoritative equivalents. For example, what can we learn from the practical experience and the organizational characteristics of thousands of people that are experimenting in horizontal, peer to peer collaboration via the internet creating initiatives like the encyclopedia Wikipedia, the WordPress web page creator, the Linux operating system and myriads of other smaller initiatives? What similarities can these commons-based initiatives have with deschooling that Ivan Illich envisioned back in the ‘70s? Can “holoptism”, “equipotentiality”, “heterarchy” or other patterns that have been observed in commons-based peer to peer initiatives be useful for liberartian pedagogies and if yes, how?

About the Presenter

Alekos Pantazis (he/him) is a core member of the P2P Lab research collective and a research fellow at the Tallinn University of Technology. He is a researcher on educational commons and open source technologies. Moreover, he curries a long experience as an activist in social movements focusing on degrowth and commons. Can be found on Twitter: @Alekos_Pantazis, more info here: Orcid