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The School of Commoning is a growing worldwide community of people participating in the global and local commons. We support the developing commons movement, as well as interested organizations and individuals, with well-organized knowledge resources and educational programs on commoning and the commons.

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unfolding from wholeness / profound questions

on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 07:29

Just read it on Twitter, somebody quoting David Bohm : "Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness."

Another recent tweet that i found highly relevant to our work here: "Transformation comes more from pursuing profound questions than seeking practical answers." Peter Block

What are your questions?

The Building Blocks of the Architecture of the Commons

on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 08:51

This is an excerpt from the publication 'The Commons - Prosperity by Sharing' - authors: Silke Helfrich, Rainer Kuhlen, Christian Siefkes. Published by the Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Berlin 2010

The Commons - Prosperity by sharing

on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 19:59

An excllent overview of many different aspects of the commons that was first published at the International Conference on the Commons, Berlin, November 2010.

From the introduction to this report: "This report attempts to explore the potential of the commons if they are used wisely and sustainably. It delves into the reasons why so many commons are threatened and examines the rules that can help protect the commons from ruin."

10 Hypotheses about Abundance and the Commons

on Fri, 11/26/2010 - 19:02

I found this remarkable document first, at the Berlin Commons Conference, and just now, on; couldn't resist to share it with you. The image below comes from qgil on Flickr. Click here for larger size. 

The commons at the World Social Forum, Dakar, Feb. 2011

on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 06:30

The Reclaim The Commons Manifesto is born in during the 2009 World Social Forum in Belem. The World Social Forum and the World Forum on Science and Democracy will be two opportunities for the "Commoners" with other civic and social movements to move forward by appropriating this idea. ...

The Growing Voice of the Global Commons

on Wed, 11/17/2010 - 02:18

The International Commons Conference  in Berlin on November 1-2 was an historic milestone in the emergence of the global commons movement.  Bringing together 180 or so commons activists, educators, and policy makers was a heroic effort by the conference organizers, particularly Silke Helfrich, David Bollier, and Michel Bauwens.

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: .

Commoning: working and living as commons

on Sat, 11/13/2010 - 10:28

I am curious of what the verb "to common" means to you. I have discovered it only recently, in the writings of, and recent email exchanges with, James Quilligan, David Bollier, and Leo Burke. I didn't know the word, but what it stands for makes me feel like meeting an intimate, old friend. "Commoning" expresses how i've been feeling about my work and life for long time.

The Baby Steps of the Family Educators Commons

on Fri, 11/12/2010 - 18:45

I just tweeted this: Article on Family Educator Commons is a beautiful example of how ppl R reclaiming the #commons in every area of life!

Here are some paragraphs of the essay that I particularly enjoyed reading.