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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.”

The global commons movement is gathering again

on Sat, 10/20/2012 - 16:37

After the highly successful 1st International Commons Conference, there will be a second and even larger international gathering focused on the Economics of the Commons, in Berlin, May 2013.

The foundational question of commoning

on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 05:37

The foundational question of commoning is:

How to start and grow new practices and institutions, optimized for bringing into play more of ourselves?

By living into the Master Code: “Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other, Take Care of This Place,” pioneered by high school students in Canada.

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.

Outcomes from the Great Lakes Commons Gathering

on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:30

The following is an abbreviated assessment of what was achieved regarding the hoped-for outcomes described in the Brief of the Great Lakes Commons Gathering...

Great Lakes Charter Process - Participant Engagement

on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:51

The following gives a picture for how the participants engaged during the conference, connecting in ways to enable the hoped-for outcomes of the Great Lakes Commons Gathering...

Great Lakes Commons Gathering

on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:32

From the Great Lakes Commons Gathering, October 2012, the following is a compelling Brief for the motivations for this Great Lakes Commons process and the hopes for what it might achieve.  As a commons activist, after reading this Brief, i realized that this could become another example of very few multi-border regional commons processes that are attempting to break through to regional co-governance by commoners, where communities of people are claiming the power to affect the policy for their regional commons directly.

Redesign of healthcare needs a commons perspective

on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 19:50

Having just returned from the US where I heard numerous horror stories about the difficult to navigate and inadequate healthcare system I was truly surprised when a friend drew my attention to the very comprehensive and radical 'Crossing the Quality Chasm' report published by the Institute of Medicine in America in 2001. 

Commoning the space - Interventions, interpellations, strategies

on Sat, 09/08/2012 - 12:01

Recently, space - in its various concretions and manifestations - has become the fulcrum of social contestation: occupations of squares, streets, campuses.