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Seeds for a New Narrative of the Transition to a Commons-based Society?

on Mon, 12/24/2012 - 11:50

The title of the seminars series led by James Quilligan in London in May 2012 was The Emergence ofa Commons-Based Economy. In October 2012, and with the 5 more Commons seminars facilitated by James, we laid foundations for better understanding the potential of the Commons and commoning to usher in large-scale social renewal.

While we, at the School of Commoning, were working on co-organizing, hosting, and documenting those evens, unbeknown to us, a group of Commons scholars inspired by Elinor Ostrom’s work, at Indiana University, conducted a fascinating research in a Working Group on Managing the Health Commons.

Restoring the Trust: Water Resources and the Public Trust Doctrine, A Manual for Advocates

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:54

The public trust doctrine holds that certain natural resources belong to all and cannot be privately owned or controlled because of their inherent importance to each individual and society as a whole. A clear declaration of public ownership, the doctrine reaffirms the superiority of public rights over private rights for critical resources.


on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:47

Do we push for the enactment of the 2005 Compact in its present form, or do we pause and consider whether this Compact meets, exceeds, or falls short of the vision to protect the life-enduring qualities of the waters, the sustenance for life, communities, the environment, human endeavor, and commerce in the Basin?

Trends in Water Privatization (Report)

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:46

Confronted with daunting budget shortfalls following the recent economic downturn, various cities and towns across the country have considered cashing out their water utilities to generate revenue. But rather than ease fiscal pressures, the sale or lease of water assets would likely further weaken a locality’s long-term financial health and saddle consumers with debt.Many communities have saved money with public operation.


Trends in Water Privatization (Fact Sheet)

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 00:51

The Post-Recession Economy and the Fight for Public Water in the United States. A new wave of water privatization formed in the wake of the recent financial crisis. With municipal budgets in the red, various cities and towns across the country considered auctioning off their water and sewer systems to generate funds. But the sale or lease of water assets is not a smart way to balance budgets. Privatization could further weaken public finances, jeopardize water resources, and saddle generations of consumers with debt.

A meta-story in 6 tweets

on Sun, 11/14/2010 - 08:05

A Twitter-friend of mine, @openworld, has developed an elegant pattern capable to capture meta-stories regardless the scale of the entities involved. He calls it "narrative fractals" and explains it here: .