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Two serious games, where players address real-world challenges

on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 11:59
I’ve been working on the development of a global commons oriented game since I first watched Jane McGonigal’s TED talk. Reading her book, I started envisioning the game's core idea, challenges, and gameplay. As it frequently happens, when i become passionate and focused on a possibility, news, ideas, connections and other resources start showing up. The latest example is my serendipitous discovery that there's already a Commons game, where players address real-world challenges.

Commoning Anthropology

on Tue, 04/19/2011 - 18:27

What this diagram is trying to display is that perhaps Anthropology in one of its fundamental aspects is an effort at seeing Culture as an everchanging Commons - Anthropology is the commoning of cultures?

Is it an enterprise? Is it a commons?

on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:45

It is a commons-inspired, community-owned enterprise. 

Check it out and let us know what you think of it.

Discovering and inventing the commons as a way of life

on Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:44


Julie Ristau is the Co-director of On The Commons and part of the organization’s leadership team that works to apply commons-based approaches to real-world problems.  

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.

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.