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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?

The Plurality of Knowledge and Standing Together

on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 01:58

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) conference in Hyderabad, India that took place January 10-14, was a veritable goldmine of knowledge about the commons—case studies, new theoretical explorations, field research reports, policy debates, site visits, and endless networking among academics, practitioners, government officials, and activists.

Framework for Awakening Collective Intelligence in the Ecosystem of Commons Initiatives

on Tue, 01/11/2011 - 18:24

Research paper by George Pór, presented at the "Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future" conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons, Hyderabad, January 12, 2011.

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: