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Bauwens Joins Ecuador in Planning a Commons-based, Peer Production Economy

on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 12:12

Here’s a development that could have enormous global implications for the search for a new commons-based economic paradigm. Working with an academic partner, the Government of Ecuador has launched a major strategic research project to “fundamentally re-imagine Ecuador” based on the principles of open networks, peer production and commoning.

The commons: beyond the market vs. state dilemma

on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 14:10

Elinor Ostrom, the Nobel Prizewinner who died this week, pioneered this work. Value is created through the logic of sharing with others in an open and even casual way. Innovation is no longer a monopoly, unassailably colonised by mercantile initiative.

Exploring the Commons

on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 14:01

Today's rediscovery of the notion of the commons stems directly from the need to regulate and to explore how to enable the collaborative action of a multiplicity of protagonists who are autonomous and so not governable by simple authoritative mechanisms.

Solidarity with the Pirate Bay and the future of the Internet

on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 16:19

The following letter is a message we received via email from Stefan Meretz who expresses great concern regarding Peter Sunde's (The Pirate Bay spokespersons) imprisonment and the way Avaaz is handling the petition to pardon him. Stefan calls for our solidarity as commoners. This is indeed a further attempt of enclosure of the commons we can not stand by and continue to let happen...

Will Commoning in England's New Forest Disappear?

on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 16:18
A thousand-year-old tradition of farming commons in southern England may be jeopardized as housing prices drive out farmers and render the commoning rights moot. Yes, there are still self-identified commoners in England. BBC radio recently interviewed a handful of the remaining commoners who rely upon the New Forest in Hampshire to feed their cattle, sheep and chickens. The 23-minute radio report focused on how the farming commons is a way of life that has preserved the distinctive ecological landscape – and how this future is now in doubt.

The Commons Law Project offers a vital resource for building commons

on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:13

Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and Law of the Commons

A forthcoming pivotal book by Burns Weston and David Bollier

(Cambridge University Press, 2013) This book provides a full argument for the vision of a new architecture of law and public policy that can effectively address climate change and other urgent ecological problems while advancing human rights and social empowerment.

Given the manifest failures of the existing State/Market duopoly to achieve these goals, the authors consider as imperative that we move beyond reforms of the existing system to instigate new types of governance structures...

Making Worlds Forum: "Building the Institutions of the Commons", October 18-20

on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:50
re-posted from Making Worlds: a Commons Coalition Making Worlds: a Commons Coalition is a collaborative effort by OWS and other groups and individuals to explore the utility of the commons in creating a better world. They bring projects working to reclaim the commons to the fore of the Occupy movement.

Major Group for Children and Youth Rio+20 Closing Statement

on Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:41

I want you to imagine a generation that has been damned, imagine children deprived of a world without war, imagine a community where human beings are slaves to fellow beings and where disease and hunger are the order of the day. That is the future we warned you of in 92 and that future, is today.

If these sheets of paper are our common future, then you have sold our fate and subsidised our common destruction. Where was our voice, the voice of our children and grandchildren in this? How can you listen to them in the future if you did not show the will to create the space now?

The Role of Commons Animateurs

on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:39


Re-published from On The Commons,  May 8, 2012.

The School of Commoning June 2012 Newsletter has arrived!

on Sun, 06/10/2012 - 09:08

Check it out here and take a look at all the very latest top news stories and upcoming events.