From: Stefan Merten (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Dec 28 2003 - 15:46:35 EET
Your project is considered interesting for the Oekonux debate which is
about the principles of the production of Free Software. Among other
things we are looking for attempts to transfer these principles into
other domains. Project Oekonux lists your project on its (German only)
link page at
May be you are interested in our third conference which will take
place in May 2004 in Vienna. See the Call for Contribution included
below for more information or refer to
Mit Freien Grüßen
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Call for Contribution
Wealth by copyleft
Creativity in the digital age
3. Oekonux Conference
May 20th-23rd, 2004
Department of Philosophy at Vienna University
In Project Oekonux [http://www.oekonux.org/] and in the neighboring
OpenTheory [http://www.opentheory.org/] different people with
different opinions and different methods study the economic and
political forms of Free Software.
An important question is, whether the principles of the development of
Free Software (without exchange in the core, self-organized, common
and unlimited participation in the production knowledge) may be the
foundation of a new economy which is no longer based on the dogma of
economic scarcity. New economy may also mean the basis for a new form
of society. So Oekonux is not only concerned with Free Software but
with the relation of Free Software and transformation of society. From
the far ranging Oekonux debate new views on past transformation
processes of society and a completely new theory of transformation of
society emerge - e.g. the germ form hypothesis.
A closely related question is, whether, where and how in the given
economic and societal framework a culture of Free Information Goods
emerges and thus makes the principles of the development of Free
Software fruitful for other areas. Are the principles of the
development of Free Software a temporary or integratable phenomenon or
do they spread in other areas of society sooner or later.
The motto of the conference "Wealth by copyleft -- Creativity in the
digital age" points especially to these questions:
o How do the production methods of Free Software affect science,
art, education, production?
o Does the wealth of the information society come from patents and
"Creative Industries"? Or does Copyleft gain legitimization for a
more powerful and sustainable source of wealth beyond the logic
o Which coalitions do evolve in these processes and on which basis
do they work?
o Special interest receives the relation of Free Selbstentfaltung
and societal agreements: How do self-organized societal relations
come into being and how do they grow? How does cooperation and
self-organization function at all? Especially: How are conflicts
and power handled?
Meanwhile for these and similar questions the Oekonux community became
an internationally recognized focus point. From the simple mailing
list this virtual community slowly develops into a collective research
project - without a prior project management. Factual needs and their
perception shall determine the next step. A slowly emerging consensus
and the work of accepted maintainers are the moving spirit. This is
producing theory just as Free Software.
After the success of the 1. [http://erste.oekonux-konferenz.de/] and
2. [http://second.oekonux-conference.org/] Oekonux conference the 3.
Oekonux conference [http://www.oekonux-conference.org/] takes place in
cooperation with the Institute for Philosophy in Vienna. Besides the
questions raised above contributions to these topics are welcome.
o Free Software
Experiences from projects, success stories, but also conflicts,
contradictions (for example making money vs. self-unfolding, wage
labor vs. Free Doing, etc.) as well as studies about the
phenomenon of Free Software.
o Technological development
Examples of development of technology with a potential similar to
Free Software. What significance do Free Standards have? What may
such a technological development mean for ecological questions?
o Alternative and anti-economy
Theoretical models of the abolition of exchange, labor, and
money. Practical experiences in projects on the height of the
technological and social development. Contradictions of theory
o How can Oekonux become practical?
Interesting are suggestions for concrete projects, which try to
practice our ideas. Free Licenses for other fields, gratis shops,
For all contributions the relation to the topic field of Oekonux
should be recognizable.
The planned conference shall give room to bundle, collectively
re-discuss and make fruitful for all, thoughts which developed in
different places independently. Besides getting to know one other in
talks and workshops the respective current state of the discussion
shall be presented. Moreover there will be a concentrated introduction
in the content of the Oekonux debate.
People interested in giving a talk, preparing a workshop or moderate a
discussion round please submit a short outline of their intentions to
Project Oekonux [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]. (Mails to this address
are archived on the web. Please ask there if there is a problem with
this.) If someone wants to add some other kind of contribution please
also contact this address.
Deadline for such outlines is
March 1st, 2004
Decision about the chosen contributions is until March 31th, 2004.
The conference languages are German and English. Translators are
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