Ownership, how we handle it, and its value have been transformed in the digital age. In a new wave of digital disruption, the sharing economy is enabling people to unlock value from their property, time and skills. Cloud computing is improving our access to information, to each other, and to the things we each own. The cost is unprecedented levels of centralisation, with taxi drivers protesting on the streets of cities giving an image to a sidelined majority. The backdrop is nothing less than the geo-politics of the Internet, where interest in a more local web is growing across the globe.

Watch the full talks from this session below.

Hosted by Beatrice Pembroke from British Council, this session features speakers inventing and commenting on new models of entrepreneurship.

Software developer Stef Lewandowski kicks off the session with a talk about starting new projects, gaining ownership over your own process and keeping your business playful. With the motto ‘Create Something Every Day’, Stef leads us through a few of his side projects that ultimately became his main business, with an approach that remains maker-led and aware that sometimes it’s okay to quit:

Director of art-tech incubator New Inc., Julia Kaganskiy makes the case for new infrastructures that cultural institutions might create to support the creative process. Reacting to the increasingly entrepreneurial, freelance-focused future of work, New Inc. aims to provide space for those that risk falling through the cracks, artists that haven’t previously found a place in tech environments. Explaining that new, sustainable business models don’t have to include surrendering intellectual property to corporates, Julia shows where the voices of artists are missing from the tech industry, and where New Inc. is enabling a space for them to ‘make culture better’:

Andrey Manirko of R&D studio НИИ asks us where the ownership of our culture currently lies and what’s next for the future ownership of ‘us’. Arguing that current creative models keep us as ‘shoppers’ rather than creators of our cultural production, Andrey shows where his work at НИИ engineers emotion back into the discussion around creative process, allowing space for disagreement and argument. As the potential co-creators of our future, we should start to own it, rather than just process it as it happens to us:

Introducing the work of the critical engineers, Danja Vasiliev presents how, more than ever, we need wider technical and political literacy. Being able to grasp the workings of technology allows us to enact control over previously opaque systems, and as Danja explains through his recent project Superglue, can give us the independence we need. How do we make sense of immaterial information infrastructure, and how do we know where our data goes? Superglue allows us to become an active node of the network, enabling users to host their own internet wherever needed, and manage the information that belongs to us:

Technology analyst Michael Baxter talks on where convergence has occurred in our personal devices, where cultures and disciplines come together and what technology could disrupt us in the future. Looking at the technologies and future infrastructure that will power and underpin a new industrial revolution, Michael explores where our sense of ownership will come under negotiation:

The session ended with a panel with Beatrice Pembroke, Stef Lewandowski, Julia Kaganskiy, Andrey Manirko and Danja Vasiliev, where they discussed new business models for sharing creative practice, how to make our innovation inclusive, and whether financial stability should always be a consideration in creating new products and ideas: