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Commons, the emergent narrative of our times

on Mon, 09/19/2011 - 13:41

 All quotes in this blogpost are from John Hagels’s blog on The Pull of Narrative – In Search of Persistent Context unless noted otherwise.


New Commons Video and Seminar

on Tue, 09/13/2011 - 10:04
The School of Commoning has just published “Voices from the Commons,” a new video you can find here at the home page of the Campaign for Commons Literacy. It brings into focus some of the most essential and evocative questions about the commons, addressed by such eminent commons thinkers/activists as Silke Helfrich, Michel Bauwens, and James Quilligan, as well as our School of Commoning team.

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  

The future of education is the commons!

on Wed, 08/31/2011 - 08:11

"I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumbrance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

Otto Scharmer on the Commons

on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 09:23


Jay Standish, a "Wave Maker" in our Campaign for Commons Literacy, shared in his blog an important thought on the Commons, which Otto Scharmer gave voice to in response to the following question:

Democratic Mobilisations, the Commons and Communities

on Thu, 08/11/2011 - 15:50
Our June SoC workshop on Democratic Mobilisations, the Commons and Communities held at the School of Oriental and African Studies London, 24th June 2011. Exploring the commons, commoning and communities in the context fo the Spanish and Greece mobilisations. The recent mass mobilisations in the Arab world, Spain, Greece and other countries, have been signalling a deep yearning for real democracy expressing the desire of the people for greater freedom, participation, and ending the expropriation of the resources of all by the few.

The School spreads its wings: graceful inaugural flight sets a successful precedence

on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 22:10
The inaugural workshop of the School of Commoning on 14th May 2011 opened our series of Meetings with Remarkable Commoners. We were fortunate to welcome the inspiring integral philosopher and founder of the P2P Foundation, Michel Bauwens, as our guest. The topic of the meeting was Governance in Worker Cooperatives, Peer to Peer (P2P) Networks, and Commons.

Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now

on Sun, 07/24/2011 - 09:24

In their new book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze invite you on a learning journey to seven communities around the world to meet people who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create healthy and resilient communities.

Canadians in conversation about reclaiming the commons

on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 06:02

Consumerism is a threat not only to the planet and its ecosystems but to the natural functioning of human society. Reclaiming and rebuilding the commons -- that is what we share and do together -- is fundamental to fulfilling the World Social Forums' declaration that 'a better world is possible.'

Theory into practice

on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 14:47

A long overdue reform is still waiting to be enacted regarding an important area of commons. I am referring to the publicly created urban land values which at the moment acrues in full to owner occupiers instead of being fairly distributed the the whole community which creates it..

Learning has to come to an end eventually and the activism of reclaiming has to start. When will that happen?

(by the way, am I doing things wrong here or are some of the features still waiting to be implemented?)