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The Commoning of Patterns and the Patterns of Commoning: A Short Sketch

on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 00:00

In our increasingly complex urban age where the rate of change and innovation is rapidly increasing, the rigidity of outdated linear and analytic Cartesian design methods are being exposed as insufficient to meet the needs of the environment and the people.

Berlin Workshop: New forms of Political Participation

on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 23:22

Immediately after the Quilligan seminars this May I travelled to Berlin to connect with the European Alternatives who had been hosting the Transeuropa festival - a massive fourteen city festival across Europe. I was invited by Transeuropa Berlin to speak on behalf of the School of Commoning at the forum: “New forms of political participation and the Commons.”

River Commons Sheffield Exhibition

on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 20:51

The River Commons event held over the first weekend of March 2012 was hosted by Shalesmoor, Kelham Island & Neepsend Network (SKINN), in collaboration with the University of Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA), and Studio Polpo.

SoC Supports an Evening with Charles Eisenstein in London

on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:05

Today members of the School of Commoning will attend the event tonight 19th July, 'an Evening with Charles Eisenstein' where Charles will be speaking at St. Mary Aldermary on the theme of gift economy, the focus of his new book, Sacred Economics. This event also leads up to a follow up event at Pimlico Academy on Saturday which you can check out on our meetup page here and book via eventbrite here. The groups supporting the event (NEF, Moot Community, Transition Network and ourselves the - School of Commoning) and anyone who is interested are invited to come down to Pimlico and Co-Create "the Beautiful World Our Hearts Tell us is Possible."

The venue for todays 19th July 2012 event sold out a couple of days ago on a capacity of 250 people. If you haven't got your ticket already we will follow up on the key moments in our School Team blog - so watch out for updates over the next week or two. In the meantime take a look at the School of Commoning leaflet we prepared for the event - it has some key web addresses you might not have known about until now...

SoC Commons Workshops at Schumacher North

on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:41

Last weekend June 29th-July1st I attended a three day series of workshops on the Commons, in Mythlmroyd, Leeds and Manchester hosted by Schumacher North. Invited a month earlier I was asked to present an outline of the Commons paradigm and participate in the discussions they have begun around commons and commoning. 

Making Worlds: An OWS Forum on the Commons

on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 22:28

A major event in the commons movements history is taking place at Occupy Wall Street #OWS.

Rome Forum on: Income, Commons, Democracy

on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 21:38

From European campaigns to the construction of an alternative Europe 10-12 February - Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome Over forty organisations, networks and social movements from eight European countries will meet in the 600-seat Valle Theatre in Rome to organise a common front to construct an alternative European model. This three-day forum will focus on the construction of common transnational campaigns on the thematics of the commons and guaranteed minimum income, also

The Promise of Top-Level Internet Domains

on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 00:46

This article: "How Top-Level Internet Domains Could Revitalize Cities, or Be Squandered" by David Bollier comes after he bumped into Thomas Lowenhaupt at a conference entitled Beyond Books. It turns out Lowenhaupt is into the Commons in a big way and is campaigning through his organization Connecting NYC to bring a commons based governance regime to New York City via the ICANN’s prospective introduction of Top-Level Domains (TLDs).

Its easy to imagine what benefits they could have for a small group of financiers/speculators but what if...

Meeting James Quilligan, a Seminar on “Managing Local and Global Commons”

on Fri, 10/28/2011 - 23:49
The global economic crisis has seen the European and global economy teeter on the edge of catastrophe making the timing of our second event in a series of ‘Meetings with Remarkable Commoners’ all the more relevant. The Remarkable Commoner in question was James Quilligan, the Chairman for the Secretariat of Global Commons Trust, commons theorist, activist, policy analyst and advisor (extended bio here). He is also an advisor to the School of Commoning (SoC). George Por (SoC co-founder) began the evening by...

Handing the Commons Back to the People

on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 11:52
In the United States Thom Hartmann is the nation's #1 progressive radio talk show host and the New York Times bestseller, author of 21 books in print in 17 languages on 5 continents. Eleanor O’Rourke called our attention to a recent broadcast that Thom put out on the new message Sarah Palin has been trying out in recent weeks that has to do with taking on “Crony Capitalism”. In his summary review of Ms Palin's message he says:..

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