GAIA (Global Alliance for Immediate Alteration) experiment has transformed into GNUnion 1.0 (Global Networked Labour Union) .This is the first Beta version which was released on December 1, 2013. The project is inspired by history, struggle and experience of both IWW and GNU/Linux.
The main objective, therefore, is to create a meshwork, knowledge and infrastructure for realizing a Free, Libre, and Open Source Social-Economic Operating System as Alternative to Capitalism.
The ‘code’, is open to all, all is free to copy, share, modify, and spread to code… So please do collaborate with us and others to move the project forward. by using below list of online spaces!
GNUnion is a Beta version and developed after the GAIA experiement which was started in December 2010
Towards an advanced and mature Peer to Peer World Civilisation in 2011-2012 | Global Alliance for Immediate Alteration [GAIA]
The rising people’s grassroots movement openly and clearly wants to change these relationships in a global scale.
This conscious ‘demand’ of the peoples is being unsuccessfully undermined by the mainstream media.
The existence of astonishing number of alternative visions for the aftermath of the approaching collapse is the proof of this: the gift economy, solidarity economy, participatory economy, resource based economy, commons based economy, and many more.
The material basis that gives way to such visions to be born is the actual changes have taken place in productive forces since the 70s.
The rapid change in communication and transportation technologies and, more importantly, the impact of these changes on social relations, culture, language, etc. have transformed the society itself: the primary productive force we have.
Since the invention of the internet and fast mass transportation we have observed the rise of peer to peer networks, in which individual nodes can link up each other freely, without necessity of hubs/gate keepers. And it is, in principle, possible within these networks to appropriate the necessary knowledge of the total system nodes are involved.
Since then ‘networks’ OCCUPY THE SPACE both in reality and in our daily languages. But distributed p2p networks have brought about a massive potential for a global change in group dynamics and so power relationships.
This process of networkisation of society has been linked tightly to the process of transnationalisation of the production, culture and social relations among people.
However, the change in the substructure in last three decade, did not coincide with the necessary changes in the superstructure them selves. It had to be done from above with the adaptation called ‘capitalist restructuring’. The period we know as Neoliberal Era: the creation of free world market, financialisation, flexibilisation, and global governance from above and massive exploitation and natural destruction. Continue reading →
A Global Strategy for a Peaceful World Revolution in 2011-2012 | Global Alliance for Immediate Alteration [GAIA]
Real Democracy Now! is certainly a very pure and strong demand that we all share today!
What we need to do add on that are strong calls, for example, for a globally accepted 4 Hour Work Day, as a more realistic response to the crisis of capital, as well as immediate full stop for social cuts and attacks towards the commons, including internet.
This would allow us to push the anonymous, peer to peer, and globally spreading ‘take the square’, ‘real democracy, now!’ movements, which have been build on the meme of Tahrir en Puerto del sol squares and others, much further!
In order to harmonize our core and common demands against the global capitalist system, its global crisis, and to realise real democracy across the world, as GAIA peerage, we are intended to reply the call for a year long p2p dissent starting on 11th of November 2011. Our ultimate target is to link all alter-forces to each other, including renewed labour class movement.
Our strategy would be summarised as follows: Continue reading →
GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR IMMEDIATE ALTERATION – GAIA
GAIA is about inventing a world wide, wiki, common, grassroots social movement union against capitalism
GAIA is a new type of transnational social network union that aims at brining individual industrial and non-industrial workers in the Global North, the precariat in the Global South and the proleteriat; the peasants, domestic, immigrant and jobless workers, together with the social movement activists from other struggle fields, activist/researchers and many others who have to work, in order to reproduce his/her life. GAIA provides an open distributed network space where union fellows, peers, can connect to each other, while linking their networks and struggles together.
GAIA is an invitation to invent a world wide, commons, grassroots, and wiki social movement union, that will target an immediate alteration of capitalist social, cultural, and political order.
All for one, one for all!
Name GAIA comes from “the Gaia hypothesis, Gaia theory or Gaia principle; is an ecological hypothesis or theory proposing that the biosphere and the physical components of the Earth (atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere) are closely integrated to form a complex interacting system that maintains the climatic and biogeochemicalconditions on Earth in a preferred homeorhesis. Originally proposed by James Lovelock as the earth feedback hypothesis, it was named the Gaia Hypothesis after the Greek primordial goddess of the Earth, at the suggestion of William Golding, Nobel prizewinner in literature and friend and neighbour of Lovelock. The hypothesis is frequently described as viewing the Earth as a single organism.“
Hundreds of millions not if billions of workers in the world are out of reach for the established trade union mechanisms and structures, they do not have any protection at all. Peter Waterman calls them ‘Labour’s others’, for some others they are the new working class; the precariat composed of people who holds no property and even secure job.
What kind of trade union structure will be able to go beyond the on going problems, and the crisis of unionism that had been born out of those well known problems, and will become the change maker of our time.
Can open space online social networking ensemble a model for such future union organisation through the internet?
There are already many good examples of action and organising taking place via the net and incredible results are getting reached, as it happened in 2007 when financial support has been mobilized from the wealthier segments of the Western working classes for the Ford worker’s first ever strike organised in Russia since the beginning of the 20th Century.
For already some times online social networking is gaining ground as an important and dynamic form of communication and collective action tool. Many activists are involved today in one or another social networks on the net, as well as on the real world. Time has came to transform this tool into a new generation social movement union.
Therefore we need comprehensive discussion on how can this happen, would it work, how would we build and gain legal ground for such a union, is it possible, or necessary? How would such union look like, be governed and function against the offensive coming from the employer and the state?
‘Social Network Unionism‘ working group has, at the end of 2010, been created with the aim of promoting such discussion and providing space for comprehensive work in order to experiment with Social Network Union idea by utilizing the opportunity created by UnionBook. Since January 2011, GAIA had its online social network space on OpenFSM site: http://openfsm.net/projects/gaia/.
GAIA is open to every working people, all wage earners can join and contributeto this space based on union fellowship, peerage,
GAIA as an organised network will be formed and reformed by its fellows, every stone of her will be built collectively,
Structured online and offline distributed social networking will be working principle of GAIA
GAIA adopts P2P approach as its internal relational dynamic as well as towards external individuals, other networks, organisations, and organised networks.
- Goals: What do we want to achieve?
We want to unite all the progressive and revolutionary forces around the world by networking among and through them,
We want to realize an immediate systemic alteration of capitalist social, economic, cultural and political norms,
We wan to de-commodify ficticous goods as money, land, labour, genes, and human intellect,
We want to establish new ethics for the new politics,
We want to realize global justıce and solidairty,
We want to contribute to trade union revival process; we want to create a new vision for trade union movement, by realizing geniune labor-new social movement solidairty on equal terms,
We wish for the abolition of the nation state and the abolition of all monetary units, creating a free world by ridding ourselves of the structures that seperate us.
- Urgent Demands & Campaign issues
We want taxing capital, not workers and their families, in order to pay for the cost of the global crisis,
We want to abolish foriegn debts of the 3rd world / developing countries,
We want immediate stop of social cuts globally,
We want to establish 4 hours work day and 20 hours work week for all workers, without any decrease in exisiting wages,
We want immediate abolution of child labour and all other forms of forced labour, human trafficing globally,
We want to stop every kind of oppression and discrinmination based on race, gender and sexual preference,
We want abolition of intellectual propoerity rights, patents over genes, ownership on natural resources, rivers, lakes and costal lines,
We want to see immediate mesurement taken targeting zero-carbon world,
We want ending all military occupations, abolition of all foreign miliraty bases, and nuclear arsenals,
We want keeping internet free and common information source for all,
We want recognition of immigrants and domestic workers as workers globally,
We want to keep water, education, healt, energy, telecommunication, transporation public,
We want free publicly maintaned social security for all,
We want basic income for all,
We want full transparency on corporate lobbying over national and local decision making, and on foreign doplomacy between state elites,
We want to open all decision making processes for citizens, workers, consumers participation globally.
Online and realworld organisnig, starting from our friends and family, and their friends and families, from social networking sites to real world localities and shopfloors,
Online and real worl traning and exchange,
Srike and direct action of any kind, industrial, consumer targeted campaigns, creative media and other forms of activism,
Organising a world wide protest/strike/direct action day on the 11 November 2011 at 11:11am, with refernace to Marx’s 11th thesis: “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.” in order to give visibility to and realize our urgent demands,
Linking this strike to the organisation of the global strike in 2012, by DAta miners, starting with the lid of Olympic fire in Olympos,
- Planning: What steps we need to take?
Starting a P2P, wiki formation process as an initial step,
Reaching out more people to support the initial process,
Forming volantary commitees to work on proposals and translation,
Developing applications in order to increase the level and depth of participation and production,