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Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate in Economics, just died.

on Tue, 06/12/2012 - 16:27

Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate in Economics, just died.

What a tragic loss! 

When a leading light of the pioneering human spirit gets extinguished, somehow we all die. 

After the Quilligan Seminars: how to bring the Commons alive in our life and work

on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 22:02
Dear supporters of the Commons, James Quilligan conducted a 12-day seminar series on the Commons, in London, May 2012. The launch event was hosted by Michael Meacher, Member of the Parliament, in the House of Commons, under the title: “Political Economy and the Inclusive Commons”. Whether you were present at the opening or not, expect to hear more about that event and what happened afterwards if you’re involved with the commons movement. Not only to hear about, but also draw on, return to, and gain strength and wisdom from it in our common work.

Can the commons be a foundation for compassionate institutions?

on Tue, 03/27/2012 - 15:00

Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the RSA (Brtitain's Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Com

Commons: for a new Policy Beyond Market and State

on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 15:01

Below is a message that I've just recieved from Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, editors of new book on the Commons, featuring the School of Commoning. (The launch of the book's English edition in the UK will be hosted by SoC, later this year.)

Dear Contributor,

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.

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,

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.




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.


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.