Compendium of hubs for commons-based peer production for sustainable human development

Here you find a selection of hubs  for commons-based peer production that are of particular interest for for sustainable human development. Plus some links to comprehensive directories (below).



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Collaborative solutions in appropriate technology and poverty reduction in fields like construction, energy, health, transport and water. >>

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Appropriate technology and poverty reduction


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Practical knowledge on production and design of renewable energies. >>

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Design of renewable energies


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Practical knowledge about open maker machines and processes for furniture, housing and more, such as laser cutting for 2D/3D design and fabrication.  >>

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Dedicated to fabric-formed concrete

Global Innovation Commons

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Technological information in the areas of agriculture, clean energy, water, world health, based on database of technologies which are patent-free in developing countries, plus an open source license for new contributions. >>

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Global Innovation Commons

Global Village Construction Set / Open Source Ecology

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Building a 'Global Village Construction Set', a modular, do-it-youself, low-cost fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build 'a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts'. >>

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Open Source Ecology


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Diffusing 'simple technologies and practical knowledge', e.g. by sharing blueprints and resources to build simple machinery, tools and other appliances. >>

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Simple Technologies, simply shared!


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Collaboration, mostly on hardware procucts. >>

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Share your hardware projects and collaborate with others.

Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

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Developing and applying open-source tools to environmental eploration and investigation. Experimental tools and do-it-youself techniques around community environmental health. >>

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Developing and applying open-source tools to environmental exploration.


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A free version of the education curriculum by 2015. >>

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Free eLearning Content.

Wikiversity & Wikibooks

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Sister projects of Wikipedia with the aim of building learning resources, learning projects, and research for use on all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university (Wikiversity) and open textbooks (Wikibooks). >>

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Set learning free!

Find more P2P hubs ...

... on the P2Pvalue Directory of Commons Based Peer Production (1)


This directory maps  examples of commons-based peer production. You can explore the directory by categories or add new cases. The Directory of CBPP is part of the P2Pvalue research project.


... on David Bollier's blog (2)


For another interesting list of repositories and projects klick here. You will land on David Bollier's Blog, were he presents several projects that explore the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.


More platforms with a focus on 'production', on 'peer-driven production' and on 'commons-based initiatives' include:



In addition, there is a range of mostly science related co-creation projects, some around commons-based peer-production, others tilting more towards a crowdsourcing & 'citizen sience'-approach, such as EteRNA or the 'Do-It-Youself Biology'-Community.

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