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How to start P2P projects and business models

If the model that underlies the P2P mode of production has caught your eye, we offer you a simple guide to get a project started. It’s all about bringing theory down to earth, and in a very basic way, identify the concrete needs of a population or region, and get to know the professional resources we can use to support each other.

P2P mode of production The graphic on the right shows the characteristic process of the P2P mode of production as a diagram.

How do you convert the general model into a process?

We start from free knowledge, the immaterial commons, which will be the base from which we launch a new project. Perhaps we are replicating a tested model, or perhaps we’re modifying and adapting it to our concrete needs. It’s the same approach we’d follow for the development of an application in free software. Only, in this case, the final result won’t be a program, but rather a machine, whose construction process will return again to the commons, so as to be publicly available.

How do you make a task list?

The general model is fleshed out by describing tasks: at the same time that we busy ourselves doing a market study, we dedicate a team to study and meet the requirements for certification and safety that allow us to make a professional offer of production and maintenance services.

How do you create a P2P project?

  • Project design
  • The teams are at work (and may be in different places)
    • Design: The creation of sketches, blueprints and development as the commons of the new product.
    • Location: The search for places to locate the project (talks, workshops, alliances, map of providers and possible producers, training centers, etc.)
    • Legal: The study and management of necessary approval processes for each place and product.
  • Business models
    • Cooperative workshop: A public workshop which offers (for an hourly fee):
      • training in manufacturing for small local businesses,
      • tutors to accompany people who want to “make the product themselves,”
      • or simply time to use the tools.
    • Traditional workshops: The incorporation of manufacture to the offerings of existing small workshops in the local business community.
    • Customization: Small businesses focused on personalization (and, as such, legal approval) of specific versions of the product.

Translated by Steve Herrick of from the original (in Spanish)

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