Michel Bauwens is a Belgian Peer-to-Peer theorist and an active writer, researcher, and conference speaker on the subject of technology, culture, and business innovation.

Bauwens is a co-founder and leading activist of the P2P Foundation (Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives), which researches peer production/governance/property and the open/free, participatory, and commons-oriented modes of human cooperation, and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. In this role he functioned as community manager responsible of an ecology of collaboration consisting of a wiki which reached 7,000 pages which were viewed 6 million times, a blog with a Google PR rank of 7 and 2,000 readers per day, a Ning community forum with daily activity by 300+ members, and several mailing lists.

He has been an analyst for the United States Information Agency, knowledge manager for British Petroleum (where he created one of the first virtual information centers), eBusiness Strategy Manager for Belgacom, as well as an internet entrepreneur in his home country of Belgium.

With Frank Theys, Bauwens is the co-creator of a 3 hour documentary TechnoCalyps, an examination of the 'metaphysics of technology'. He taught and, with Salvino Salvaggio, co-edited a two-volume French language anthology on the anthropology of digital society.  He is a former editor-in-chief of the first European digital convergence magazine, the Dutch language publication Wave.

Bauwens is a member of advisory boards such as the Union of International Associations, Shareable Magazine, and The Hub. He is assisting Richard David Hames with the development of the Asian Foresight Institute. In February 2009, he joined Dhurakij Pundit University's International College as Lecturer, assisting with the development of the Asian Foresight Institute.

He has taught courses on the anthropology of digital society to postgraduate students at ICHEC/St. Louis in Brussels, Belgium and now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he has taught related courses at Payap University and Chiang Mai University. He is a Research Fellow with the Primavera project at the University of Amsterdam and outside expert with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (2008).

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