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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 Commoning of Patterns and the Patterns of Commoning: A Short Sketch

on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 00:00

In our increasingly complex urban age where the rate of change and innovation is rapidly increasing, the rigidity of outdated linear and analytic Cartesian design methods are being exposed as insufficient to meet the needs of the environment and the people.

Berlin Workshop: New forms of Political Participation

on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 23:22

Immediately after the Quilligan seminars this May I travelled to Berlin to connect with the European Alternatives who had been hosting the Transeuropa festival - a massive fourteen city festival across Europe. I was invited by Transeuropa Berlin to speak on behalf of the School of Commoning at the forum: “New forms of political participation and the Commons.”

River Commons Sheffield Exhibition

on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 20:51

The River Commons event held over the first weekend of March 2012 was hosted by Shalesmoor, Kelham Island & Neepsend Network (SKINN), in collaboration with the University of Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA), and Studio Polpo.

Artful Leadership in Service of Awakening the Commons of the Imagination

on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 20:45

"The divided self doesnt hear the music of wholeness - it doesnt find a home, a place of belonging - it's afraid to be real."

A recent vision quest in the Santa Cruz mountains gifted me with the wonderful opportunity to deepen my relationship with Mother Earth and in the process to find back to myself, to who I am and to what claims me. This experience was enriched  by the words, compassion and deep insights of Michael Jones. 

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.

SoC Commons Workshops at Schumacher North

on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:41

Last weekend June 29th-July1st I attended a three day series of workshops on the Commons, in Mythlmroyd, Leeds and Manchester hosted by Schumacher North. Invited a month earlier I was asked to present an outline of the Commons paradigm and participate in the discussions they have begun around commons and commoning. 

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.


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.