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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. 

The liberation of civil society through p2p working - Creating Commons in our life.

on Mon, 12/26/2011 - 20:02

Freed up creativity enabled by open source technology gives us the chance to liberate ourselves from the chains of an outdated economic model based on market pricing.

Will it enable us to co-create a commons orientated contributory culture? 

Our challenge is how to make the new prototype which cannot fully socially reproduce itself at present into a full mode of production for a sustainable society.

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.