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Can business trusts be commons?

on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 06:14



Presented by Patrick Andrews, Tim Phillips and Rick Trask

The Challenge

The advent of limited liability and joint stock companies (while very useful in raising capital for large projects, creating and privatising wealth, and converting natural wealth to money wealth) has created distant owners and limited loyalty to the business.

Free University at the Bank of Ideas

on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 23:27

F.U. is a sister idea of the "new type of learning institution" that would be attached to the proposed People's Parliament.

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...

Commons Learning Alliance merges with School of Commoning

on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 21:35

Those of you who registered at this site as Commons Learning Alliance have probably noticed the new look-and-feel and and new name: School of Commoning. A message from CLA's co-founder, Leo Burke, explains it:

Dear Members of the Commons Learning Alliance,

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...

Building Digital Commons and Collaborative Communities

on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 06:04

I just received this important information and thought to share it with our readers:


Building Digital Commons and Collaborative Communities is a new initiative aiming to bring together individuals, collective and organizations from different Free and Open Collaborative Communities, Digital Commons Initiatives and Researchers in the area to identify ways to support and learn from each other and collaborate in order to promote together digital commons.




People's Parliament

on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 13:37

The Commoning Cafe is a step towards having a physical place where people can come together for sharing ideas, interests, corcerns, visions, dreams, etc.,

The idea behind the "parliament" parliament concept is that its is sitting continuously like the political parliament of MPs now so that "members" participate when they have the time and opportunity.

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:..