Alternative Infrastructures

Existing infrastructures are becoming ineffective at supporting the work of many creative communities — so they’re starting to come up with their own.

 

Faced with the inability to access and manage resources such as capital, time and markets, community groups of many kinds are turning to alternative, digital infrastructures to realize their goals. Crowdfunding, the peer economy and peer-to-peer learning are examples of what we're calling 'alternative infrastructures', which are co-existing with incumbents and at times rivalling them. But in many cases these assemblages are not yet being recognized as infrastructures or being studied as such. The purpose of this group is to understand the growth, process and implications of alternative infrastructures across a wide range of industries and activities.

As Eduardo Marisca has written, “Alternative infrastructures are not so much about undermining institutions, as they are about assembling together alternative possible futures.”

 

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