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Democratising the Global and Political Commons - 7 May

on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 21:20

Private goods are produced and sold by businesses to consumers.

Public goods are regulated and provisioned by governments for their citizens.

Commons goods are preserved or produced for the use of everyone.

Over the past few decades, the intergovernmental system has proclaimed its capacity to meet the needs of the world’s population and environment through global public goods.

This concept of global public goods illustrates the lack of understanding and vision in the present management of the global commons.

Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons: a new challenge for a new world

on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 23:13
Starting 1st May and lasting 3 weeks there will be an Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons.
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The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, are pleased to announce the launch of the new Introductory e-Course t

A World that Works for Everyone

on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 16:57

You would expect Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business to focus its teaching on making profits from the world as it is instead of asking students to explore how to fundamentally change it.

But that means you probably haven’t met business Professor Leo Burke — a former entrepreneur, Motorola executive and, in his student days, manager of the Notre Dame football team.

At first glance, Burke ’70 hardly seems a rabble-rouser. Wearing tassel loafers, navy blue slacks, a tasteful blazer and wire-rim glasses, he looks exactly the part of a business professor. Yet when standing at the podium in an Executive Leadership Seminar — so slender it appears a strong breeze would carry him away — he sounds like a community organizer crossed with a moral philosopher. “When we are able to work out of our deepest values, we can work with a compassion for others that changes systems.”

Great Lakes Commons Initiative

on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 18:27

This is the place where we will meet to discuss the Great Lakes Commons Initiative. In November 2010 a consortium of Canadian and American organizations met to discuss the health of the Great Lakes.  They concluded that the sustainability of this critical bio-region could be best sustained if the Lakes were considered a commons.

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.