Michel Bauwens is an ac­tive writer, re­searcher and con­fer­ence speaker on the sub­ject of tech­nol­ogy, cul­ture and busi­ness in­no­va­tion. He is the founder of the Foun­da­tion for Peer-to-Peer Al­ter­na­tives and works in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a global group of re­searchers in the ex­plo­ration of peer pro­duc­tion, gov­er­nance, and prop­erty. He has been an an­a­lyst for the United States In­for­ma­tion Agency, knowl­edge man­ager for British Pe­tro­leum, eBusi­ness Strat­egy Man­ager for Bel­ga­com, as well as an in­ter­net en­tre­pre­neur in his home coun­try of Bel­gium. He has co-pro­duced the 3-hour TV doc­u­men­tary Tech­no­ca­lyps with Frank Theys, and co-edited the two-vol­ume book on an­thro­pol­ogy of dig­i­tal so­ci­ety with Salvino Sal­vag­gio. Michel is cur­rently Pri­mav­era Re­search Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Am­s­ter­dam, NL, and ex­ter­nal ex­pert at the Pon­tif­i­cal Acad­emy of So­cial Sci­ences (2008). Michel cur­rently lives in Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land.