Social work and horizontality


This century is definitely the one of horizontal collaboration. End of hierarchies, end of centralised productions, let’s go peer to peer cooperation. World is deeply changed by sharing economy.

The new application Entourage, developed by a French team, is bridging, for the first time to my knowledge, social work and sharing economy; it allows citizens, linked in social networks, to act in favour of homeless people, in addition to the professional social workers. This application is one of the very few using sharing concepts, that I have been able to identify so far. Continue reading “Social work and horizontality”

Commons and humanitarian approach?

It is still a challenge to identify which commons can be shared in humanitarians actions…


During an interview with Michel Bauwens (founder of the P2P foundation, and author of numerous books and articles, specialists of commons), he recommended me to leave behind what I had been taught, in terms of organisations or processes, and to think in terms of commons. Indeed, as opposed to flows of goods or money, collaborative approaches are based around commons, whether knowledge (such as Wikipedia), or resources.

However, it is still a challenge to identify which commons can be shared in humanitarian actions.

It is clear that knowhow is key in many cases, will it be how to grow vegetables (as in the example given in HORIZONTAL LEARNING Engaging freedom’s possibilities, by Doug Reeler, 18 pages, 2005, or how to take care for former prostitutes, willing to find another way of living (to be published), or how to deal with mentalities using theater in Egypt (see ).

Logistic resources also seem an obvious possible topic, although they refer to much, from my point of view, to traditional humanitarian action, including delivery of goods or services, and to few involvement of local populations.

Well, this has still to be searched, possibly involving locals to avoid possible western bias…. To be followed.