Sustainability for the digital era, social economics of knowledge, citizen control of finances

theory of the dead horse

Starting from the critique of the cultural industry monopolies and the most restrictive visions of copyright, we have taken on a task of exploring and developing sustainable economic models for the digital era at the 2010 FcForum, which led to the FcForum statement: Sustainable Models for Creativity and to the Instruction Manual to Sustainable Creativity.

In 2012 we made the Crowdfunding Experiences in Spain and Catalunya: Main Characteristics, Challenges and Problems report (es). It was a set of recommendations to create a more solid instrument of collective transversal financing, both private and public, of culture.

From 2013 we have also promoted “Creativity. Innovative models of access and production”, an initiative to systematize the research of new models of creative production and access to cultural materials, which look for a new balance between the economic sustainability of the cultural sector and the access to knowledge by the general public, being both of them channels to stimulate the creativity at all levels and bearing in mind both emerging actors and institutions.

The economics of knowledge, fuelled by the digital revolution, investigates the forms of common and open knowledge which generate wealth for society, and at the same time, it reminds us that economics should have a social purpose.

New works and debates have sprung up from our interests on the potentialities of the social economics of knowledge to create new sustainable economic models during forums and debates which we have promoted such as the FcForum. Xnet has worked, explored and encouraged these new forms and production relationships, which are being developed nowadays in international projects like FLOK, in Ecuador, and the IMMI, in Iceland.

The right to know implies preserving the integrity of information as well as its traceability and, even so, maintaining privacy. This includes financial transactions.

Xnet works together with computer engineer Hervé Falciani and an international network which controls the mentioned financial transactions and the development of tools which can be used to disclose how Economics work. Tools such as the process of Citizen Audit, or the Financial Radar, used to monitor big transactions.