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on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 08:00

I've just received an invite to this conference that will bring together about 150 leading figures in commons-based studies and activism for a multidisciplinary, internationally focused conference. The event will explore the range of commons-based policy and social approaches that now exist and forge a new network of commoners who will collaborate on commons-based initiatives in the future. The gathering will also serve to incubate entirely new ideas and strategies that the participants will bring to the conference, including new communications strategies, prototype commons, funding models and research needs. And, last but not least: it is supposed to draw attention of the classical media and the blogosphere to the issue.

Free Culture between Commons and Markets: Approaching the Hybrid Economy?

on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 08:00

Enabled by new Internet technologies and innovative legal solutions, Free Culture prospers in the form of new business models and via commons-based peer production, thereby both challenging and complementing classic market institutions.

The Commons and the United Nations

on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 08:00
An important step is taken towards creating a panel of experts within the United Nations Secretariat to explore ways to incorporate a commons approach into global strategies for sustainable development. The UN has published a Submission recommending the commons approach in sustainable development policies, which I post below.

Beyond State Capitalism: The Commons Economy in our Lifetimes

on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 08:00

Are modern societies prepared to create a framework in which the incentives behind production and governance are not private capital and debt-based growth, but human solidarity, quality of life and ecological sustainability?

World Commons Day: October 15, 2010

on Tue, 05/11/2010 - 08:00

The idea was born in follow-up meetings to the Manifesto, which took place in France. Our discussions revealed the urgent need for more appropriation of both the commons concept and its strategic value, which will only be possible if we nurture collective reflection within social movements and organizations at different scales (from local initiatives focused on a certain issue to global and interdisciplinary networks). Many organizations announced their openness for cooperation and their willingness to contribute.

Spontaneous Combustion

on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 12:24
Breakthrough emergence to a new form of civilization at a higher level of harmonized complexity is like spontaneous combustion.

Expanding the Meaning of the Commons

on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 08:00

The vocabulary of the commons is expanding as more people realize the practical value of these ideas and actions. No longer simply a noun, the commons is now spoken about with verbs and adjectives.

Breakthrough development for the Earth Commons!

on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 08:00

Humankind is entering the era of its intentional evolution. We find a measure of that in the nascent legal framework for decisions about protecting its common assets, e.g.: the sky, the land, the oceans, indigenous culture and knowledge, technology, arts, universities, etc.

Working with the Commons Manifesto

on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 12:24

Regarding the Manifesto, my main interest is in how we can turn it into one of the strange attractors for the self-organizing collective intelligence and collective consciousness of the global commons movement.

Earth Commons Rising!

on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 08:00

"The commons is still an embryonic vision. It will require time to evolve. But it is a vision with great potential, perhaps because it is not being advanced by an intellectual elite or a political party, but by a hardy band of resourceful irregulars on the periphery of conventional politics. (That’s always where the most interesting new things originate.) These commoners are now starting to find each other, a convergence that augurs great things." -- Imagining a New Politics of the Commons, David Bollier