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Research Seminar on Social Networked Learning, June 20-24, 2011

on Tue, 12/21/2010 - 18:26

Social media and networked technologies have altered the ways in which society communicates, educates and produces. Research into social networks and learning is progressing rapidly. In order to advance the conversation around current and future research, the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University is pleased to sponsor a doctoral seminar on Social Networks in Learning. This year's seminar will be held at Athabasca University in Edmonton from June 20-24 2011.

Commons advocate David Bollier launches new blog

on Tue, 12/21/2010 - 18:10

David Bollier informs us: I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new blog/website, It will be the primary showcase for my latest discoveries, adventures and reflections about the commons as I step off in some new directions. I invite you to become a regular reader, get the RSS feed, put me on your blogroll and pass this news along to friends.

Remixing Berlin

on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 18:43

The reflections coming from many commoners, during and since the International Commons Conference in Berlin  demonstrate a depth of individual and collective thinking, sensing and reflecting, and inspire me remixing what I'm hearing. The account that follows is definitely not an objective summary of what is emerging. We have probably as many stories of the Berlin conference and its aftermath, as participants.

Why we need a non-commercial social network for commons education?

on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 08:10

A blogpost freshly published on the P2P Foundation site about How Commercial Social Networks Hinder Connective Learning, says:

unfolding from wholeness / profound questions

on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 07:29

Just read it on Twitter, somebody quoting David Bohm : "Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness."

Another recent tweet that i found highly relevant to our work here: "Transformation comes more from pursuing profound questions than seeking practical answers." Peter Block

What are your questions?

10 Hypotheses about Abundance and the Commons

on Fri, 11/26/2010 - 19:02

I found this remarkable document first, at the Berlin Commons Conference, and just now, on; couldn't resist to share it with you. The image below comes from qgil on Flickr. Click here for larger size. 

The commons at the World Social Forum, Dakar, Feb. 2011

on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 06:30

The Reclaim The Commons Manifesto is born in during the 2009 World Social Forum in Belem. The World Social Forum and the World Forum on Science and Democracy will be two opportunities for the "Commoners" with other civic and social movements to move forward by appropriating this idea. ...

Register now for the upcoming Commons Course

on Fri, 11/19/2010 - 08:00

The next offering of Commons Course will take place in 2011 from 29th of January through to 26th of  February.

We offer learning resources and discussion spaces for commons-related practice communities.

See here for more info, if you feel interest in this please click here to send us an email and we will get in touch.

A meta-story in 6 tweets

on Sun, 11/14/2010 - 08:05

A Twitter-friend of mine, @openworld, has developed an elegant pattern capable to capture meta-stories regardless the scale of the entities involved. He calls it "narrative fractals" and explains it here: .

Commoning: working and living as commons

on Sat, 11/13/2010 - 10:28

I am curious of what the verb "to common" means to you. I have discovered it only recently, in the writings of, and recent email exchanges with, James Quilligan, David Bollier, and Leo Burke. I didn't know the word, but what it stands for makes me feel like meeting an intimate, old friend. "Commoning" expresses how i've been feeling about my work and life for long time.