My background is on computer science and engineering, and I have worked as an academic interdisciplinary researcher for 12 years on incentive mechanisms (both economic and non-economic) for peer-to-peer systems and the NetHood project, or what we have called recently "the right to the hybrid city": http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1092/
We were lucky to get involved immediately in two EU Horizon 2020 CAPS projects: netCommmons http://netcommons.eu and MAZI project http://mazizone.eu. They are both inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches on the concept of DIY networking and community (wireless) networks. See also a recent special JoPP issue: http://peerproduction.net/issues/issue-9-alternative-internets/
Through this work, and envisioning various possible synergies between different forms of peer production, we have become very active in two concrete areas of local collective action:
- community currencies: http://nethood.org/economy, and
- cooperative housing: http://nethood.org/housing
Our main focus is on extracting knowledge from a few concrete success stories, like WIR/Sardex.net complementary currencies and Zurich's "young" cooperative housing projects.
For cooperative housing, you might also find this page interesting: http://o500.org, on which I am working together with Hans Widmer (aka P.M.) and you might wish to consider joining us in Venice, October 28-30th: http://thisisaco-op.gr/en/co-housing-practices-workshop/
For currencies, the NetHood team will be at the upcoming MoneyLab #3 in Amsterdam, December 1-2, to present the "Flexonomix District-Currency Game": http://networkcultures.org/moneylab/program-3/conference-sessions/