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Commons Learning Alliance merges with School of Commoning

on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 21:35

Those of you who registered at this site as Commons Learning Alliance have probably noticed the new look-and-feel and and new name: School of Commoning. A message from CLA's co-founder, Leo Burke, explains it:

Dear Members of the Commons Learning Alliance,

There are very encouraging signs in the growing commons movement:

1. Earlier this year a group of commons educators in London co-founded the School of Commoning.  The School is fast becoming a valuable resource for commons-related learning, as well as supporting communities of practice.
2. In the upcoming Fall/Winter issue of Kosmos Journal there are seminal articles by James Quilligan on "common being" and by Rolf Carriere on human security as a commons.
3. In October the University of Notre Dame and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research launched a self-paced, e-learning course: Introduction to the Global Commons.   This course will initially be offered at no charge.
4. Early next year the Henirich Boll Foundation in Berlin will be publishing a groundbreaking anthology of over 80 essays by commons practitioners and scholars from throughout the world.
5. Next year author David Bollier will publish a new introduction to the commons that will likely become the authoritative primer on the commons.

In order to maximize synergy and focus, the Commons Learning Alliance merged with the School of Commoning.  We see this as very positive for all of us interested in commons learning and education.  For simplicity's sake, this combined effort will use the School of Commoning brand and logo.  Stay tuned for more news on this exciting development.

In common,
Leo Burke