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What is the role of the commons in the economy?

on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 10:51

May 26th Update: Following the Quilligan Seminars, detailed in the announcement made by Anna Betz below, the SoC team and convenors of this landmark event have been busily preparing the information and follow up plans for the exciting outcomes of all the seminars including the last event on the 18th May - Convergence for a Commons-based Economy. 

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.

A World that Works for Everyone

on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 16:57

You would expect Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business to focus its teaching on making profits from the world as it is instead of asking students to explore how to fundamentally change it.

But that means you probably haven’t met business Professor Leo Burke — a former entrepreneur, Motorola executive and, in his student days, manager of the Notre Dame football team.

At first glance, Burke ’70 hardly seems a rabble-rouser. Wearing tassel loafers, navy blue slacks, a tasteful blazer and wire-rim glasses, he looks exactly the part of a business professor. Yet when standing at the podium in an Executive Leadership Seminar — so slender it appears a strong breeze would carry him away — he sounds like a community organizer crossed with a moral philosopher. “When we are able to work out of our deepest values, we can work with a compassion for others that changes systems.”

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:..

A Time to Reflect - The Commons: A Method of Socio-Economic Renewal

on Thu, 09/01/2011 - 23:43

"Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro (September 10, 1938 -- May 9, 1968), fondly called "Boro", was a celebrated Niger Delta nationalist and Nigerian civil war hero. He was one of the pioneers of minority rights activism in Nigeria." Wikipedia  

Great Lakes Commons Initiative

on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 18:27

This is the place where we will meet to discuss the Great Lakes Commons Initiative. In November 2010 a consortium of Canadian and American organizations met to discuss the health of the Great Lakes.  They concluded that the sustainability of this critical bio-region could be best sustained if the Lakes were considered a commons.

Commons Education Outreach

on Mon, 02/14/2011 - 03:06

Inspired by Mary Beth Steisslinger and Jan Inglis, this forum topic, "Commons Education Outreach" is a place where we can explore new ideas.  It's initial focus will probably be North American, but hopefully the conversation will be relevant for our colleagues from other continents.  We invite everyone's participation.




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 Growing Voice of the Global Commons

on Wed, 11/17/2010 - 02:18

The International Commons Conference  in Berlin on November 1-2 was an historic milestone in the emergence of the global commons movement.  Bringing together 180 or so commons activists, educators, and policy makers was a heroic effort by the conference organizers, particularly Silke Helfrich, David Bollier, and Michel Bauwens.