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Shared Mindfulness and the Commons

on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:19

* How can I exercise a mindfulness that can make a difference in helping me discover the "We-in-the-I", experiencing that in a sense, all humans are just like me, they deserve to be happy, fed, have a meaningful life, learn and evolve? • How to sense, think and act from that "We-in-the-I"? • What value can collective mindfulness add to social movements and enterprises, peer-to-peer networks and open source project?

The P2P value project: mapping the digital commons

on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:29

With the advent of the new digital paradigm, there is an emerging rhetoric relating P2P forms of production with commons-based subjectivities. For example, the democratic-participatory form of the P2P and its capacity to produce self-organising formats that facilitate distributed networks has been widely highlighted. However, in light of evidence that some P2P-based organisations are purely commercial (e.g.

The Art of Commoning & Commons Education

on Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:38

2 short videos taken at the  Economics and the Commons conference 2013

George Por is talking about the Art of Commoning:

Economics and the Commons Conference 2013

on Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:24

The Heinrich Boll Foundation just released a detailed, educational, and inspiring report summarizing the international conference it hosted in Berlin, Germany May 22-24, 2013.

Report of Economics and the Commons Conference 2013

on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 06:09

The 2013 ECC conference in Berlin, sponsored so generously by the Heinrich Boell foundation was a thought-provoking, energizing event! 

David Bollier of the Commons Strategy group summarised his impressions in this report:

Dear Friends of the Commons,

Bauwens Joins Ecuador in Planning a Commons-based, Peer Production Economy

on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 12:12

Here’s a development that could have enormous global implications for the search for a new commons-based economic paradigm. Working with an academic partner, the Government of Ecuador has launched a major strategic research project to “fundamentally re-imagine Ecuador” based on the principles of open networks, peer production and commoning.

Take a Survey about Commons Education

on Sun, 06/09/2013 - 11:57

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is considering developing one or more training programs on the commons, in cooperation with Countryside and Community Research Institute of the University of Gloucestershire (UoG); the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales-UNAM; and the CGIAR Program on Collective Action and Property Rights Program (CAPRI). 

The Sharing Conversation Circle

on Sat, 06/08/2013 - 04:11

Have you tried “Car2Go?”  ?  A lot of people have seen the little cars parked around, but weren’t sure what they were. Most of us know about Zip Car, but apparently with CAR2Go you can leave the car anyplace. I wonder if this new idea really works!

PsyCommons: The Richness of Everyday Relationships

on Sun, 05/05/2013 - 12:17
Just as psychiatrists have ‘enclosed’ mental illness as their domain of specialist practice, counsellors have done the same for human relations, argues Denis Postle.

Frack Attack Ground Zero: Democracy Schools in Pennsylvania

on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 20:59


One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your community/ your commons this spring is to take yourself and a friend to a Democracy School. Democracy Schools are hosted by local grassroots groups and taught by staff and friends of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). They challenge just about everything we think we know about our U.S. Constitution and the efficacy of our governmental system.