P2P Foundation (P2PF)

Identity card

The P2P Foundation was conceived in 2005 to help people, organizations and governments transition towards commons-based approaches to society through co-creating an open knowledge commons and a resilient, sustainable human network.

Between the paradigms of the network and the organization, the P2P Foundation exists as an ‘organized network’ which can facilitate the creation of networks, yet without directing them. Our primary aim is to be an incubator and catalyst for the emerging ecosystem, focusing on the ‘missing pieces’, and the interconnectedness that can lead to a wider movement.

P2P, in practice, is often invisible to those involved, for a variety of cultural reasons. We want to reveal its presence in discrete movements in order to unite them in their common ethos. To do this, a common initiative is required which:

  • gathers information

  • connects and mutually informs people

  • strives for integrative insights contributed by many sub-fields

  • organizes events for reflection and action

  • educates people about critical and creative tools for “world-making”


Our Strategic Priorities

We are a pluralist network, actively documenting, researching, and promoting peer to peer alternatives. Our cultural and political aims include:

  • Ending biosphere destruction and working towards its regeneration by abandoning dangerous conceptions of pseudo-abundance in the natural world (based on the assumption that natural resources are infinite and that technological innovation by itself will encounter all solutions needed.)

  • Promoting free cultural exchange by abandoning innovation-inhibiting conceptions of pseudo-scarcity in the cultural world (based on the assumption that the free flow of culture must be restricted through excessive patents, copyright, intellectual property, etc.)

The following broad “streams” have been identified in order to best channel our efforts and resources:

  • Stream 1: P2P Cultures and Politics is designed to help build a relatable identity and culture for the Commons, featuring inclusivity, gender equality and diversity. These values inform our policy work to transform progressive politics in a commons way, inside and outside the institutions.

  • Stream 2: Open Coops & Sustainable Livelihoods guides our examination of labor, carework, well-being and emancipation for commoners, and the creation of durable, transnational networks to construct ethical markets.

  • Stream 3: Building the Open Source Circular Economy aims to create synergies between cooperative peer production and sustainability. To do this, we attempt to show how a transition to new modes of production, governance and ownership can solve ecological and climate crises.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • diffusion of best pratices creation of labels
  • expertise
  • networking of actors
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • research, analysis

Target audience

  • activists, campaigners
  • associations
  • public authorities, elected representatives, administrations
  • local authorities
  • communities, minorities
  • economists, SEE actors
  • experts
  • general public
  • European institutions
  • politicians, political parties
  • think tanks
  • academics
  • European civil society

Thematic areas

  • governance
  • commons
  • research and social innovation
  • tools & methods