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Otto Scharmer on the Commons

on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 09:23


Jay Standish, a "Wave Maker" in our Campaign for Commons Literacy, shared in his blog an important thought on the Commons, which Otto Scharmer gave voice to in response to the following question:

Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now

on Sun, 07/24/2011 - 09:24

In their new book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze invite you on a learning journey to seven communities around the world to meet people who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create healthy and resilient communities.

Canadians in conversation about reclaiming the commons

on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 06:02

Consumerism is a threat not only to the planet and its ecosystems but to the natural functioning of human society. Reclaiming and rebuilding the commons -- that is what we share and do together -- is fundamental to fulfilling the World Social Forums' declaration that 'a better world is possible.'

Two serious games, where players address real-world challenges

on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 11:59
I’ve been working on the development of a global commons oriented game since I first watched Jane McGonigal’s TED talk. Reading her book, I started envisioning the game's core idea, challenges, and gameplay. As it frequently happens, when i become passionate and focused on a possibility, news, ideas, connections and other resources start showing up. The latest example is my serendipitous discovery that there's already a Commons game, where players address real-world challenges.

Is it an enterprise? Is it a commons?

on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:45

It is a commons-inspired, community-owned enterprise. 

Check it out and let us know what you think of it.

Discovering and inventing the commons as a way of life

on Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:44


Julie Ristau is the Co-director of On The Commons and part of the organization’s leadership team that works to apply commons-based approaches to real-world problems.  

What the Egyptian Revolution Means

on Mon, 02/07/2011 - 21:39

"it’s not surprising that, filled with emotion, the demonstrators wrap themselves in the national flag. Oh, the flag, the flag! In Tunisia and Egypt and every other country, this piece of cloth held up as a symbol of national identity, conflating who we are with an abstraction for which we must be prepared to lay down our lives. But sooner or later this too will fall by the wayside."

Peer production, governance, and property: 3 pillars of a commons-based society

on Sun, 02/06/2011 - 09:09


1) peer production: wherever a group of peers decided to engage in the production of a common resource
2) peer governance: the means they choose to govern themselves while they engage in such pursuit
3) peer property: the institutional and legal framework they choose to guard against the private appropriation of this common work

Source: Peer production, peer governance, and peer property, by Michel Bauwens

How and why a commons-based society is growing in the womb of capitalism

on Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:08

In preparation to a lecture on the political economy of the commons, I’m reading the Commonwealth by Hardt and Negri. This is my first reading note:

Challenges to connecting nodes in the ecosystem of social movements

on Thu, 02/03/2011 - 20:11
How to transcend the difficulties of connecting the dots and discovering/strengthening synergies in the global ecosystem of transformational movements?