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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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The global commons movement is gathering again

on Sat, 10/20/2012 - 16:37

After the highly successful 1st International Commons Conference, there will be a second and even larger international gathering focused on the Economics of the Commons, in Berlin, May 2013.

The foundational question of commoning

on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 05:37

The foundational question of commoning is:

How to start and grow new practices and institutions, optimized for bringing into play more of ourselves?

By living into the Master Code: “Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other, Take Care of This Place,” pioneered by high school students in Canada.

Outcomes from the Great Lakes Commons Gathering

on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:30

The following is an abbreviated assessment of what was achieved regarding the hoped-for outcomes described in the Brief of the Great Lakes Commons Gathering...

Great Lakes Charter Process - Participant Engagement

on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:51

The following gives a picture for how the participants engaged during the conference, connecting in ways to enable the hoped-for outcomes of the Great Lakes Commons Gathering...

Great Lakes Commons Gathering

on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:32

From the Great Lakes Commons Gathering, October 2012, the following is a compelling Brief for the motivations for this Great Lakes Commons process and the hopes for what it might achieve.  As a commons activist, after reading this Brief, i realized that this could become another example of very few multi-border regional commons processes that are attempting to break through to regional co-governance by commoners, where communities of people are claiming the power to affect the policy for their regional commons directly.

Co-creating a people-powered healthcare

on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 21:53

The Quilligan Seminars on the Commons:

a Tribute to Elinor Ostrom (1934 -2012)

Co-creating a people-powered healthcare

How can we make healthcare work for people and communities?

A seminar guided by James Quilligan and moderated by Anna Betz and George Pór


Redesign of healthcare needs a commons perspective

on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 19:50

Having just returned from the US where I heard numerous horror stories about the difficult to navigate and inadequate healthcare system I was truly surprised when a friend drew my attention to the very comprehensive and radical 'Crossing the Quality Chasm' report published by the Institute of Medicine in America in 2001. 

Commoning the space - Interventions, interpellations, strategies

on Sat, 09/08/2012 - 12:01

Recently, space - in its various concretions and manifestations - has become the fulcrum of social contestation: occupations of squares, streets, campuses.

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.