Towards a new
collaborative economy.
Decentralizing power and
value using blockchain.

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What is P2P Models?

P2P Models is a large research project focused on building a new type of Collaborative Economy organizations, which are decentralized, democratic and economically sustainable harnessing the potentials of the blockchain. It is funded through a 1.5M€, 5-year ERC research grant.

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Centralized Monopolies

Today’s Collaborative Economy is dominated by large centralized platforms, which concentrate massive amounts of user data. Surveillance is the business model of the Internet.

Disempowered Communities

The Collaborative Economy platforms mediate the interaction of large communities. However, these users have no say in the way they relate to each other: only the platform owner decides how the platform evolves.

Concentration of Profits

These major industry players concentrate any profit generated, appropriating the value created by the communities, since users are rarely rewarded for their work.

We aim to harness the potentials of blockchain technology for the commons, specifically to:

Provide a software framework to build decentralized infrastructure for Collaborative Economy organizations which minimizes dependencies from central authorities.

Enable democratic-by-design models of governance for communities to ensure higher levels of equality and inclusion.

Enable value distribution models which improves economic sustainability of both contributors and organizations.

Last publications

Silke Helfrich: “Technologies can be an important part of a commons”20200916104440
Task Assignment in Amara: Prototype FCFS (First Come First Served)20200729112156
Exploring models for a more cooperative distribution of tasks in Amara On Demand20200710104344