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Shared Mindfulness and the Commons

on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:19

* How can I exercise a mindfulness that can make a difference in helping me discover the "We-in-the-I", experiencing that in a sense, all humans are just like me, they deserve to be happy, fed, have a meaningful life, learn and evolve? • How to sense, think and act from that "We-in-the-I"? • What value can collective mindfulness add to social movements and enterprises, peer-to-peer networks and open source project?

Social Banking and the Commons

on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:28

"The Swiss are known for their highly secretive banking services for the super-wealthy. Who would have guessed that they would inaugurate a Summer School on Social Banking and the Commons?"

Re-posted from David Bollier's blog.

Seeds for a New Narrative of the Transition to a Commons-based Society?

on Mon, 12/24/2012 - 11:50

The title of the seminars series led by James Quilligan in London in May 2012 was The Emergence ofa Commons-Based Economy. In October 2012, and with the 5 more Commons seminars facilitated by James, we laid foundations for better understanding the potential of the Commons and commoning to usher in large-scale social renewal.

While we, at the School of Commoning, were working on co-organizing, hosting, and documenting those evens, unbeknown to us, a group of Commons scholars inspired by Elinor Ostrom’s work, at Indiana University, conducted a fascinating research in a Working Group on Managing the Health Commons.

The Practice of Commoning: (excerpt from) an interview with David Harvey

on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 17:09

I think the commons is a very important concept and it seems to me that we have to treat it as a political concept. It is about how we develop a common purpose. It is not simply about common usage, it is about developing a common purpose.

From Labour as Commodity to Labour as a Common

on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 07:06


Excerpted from a draft of an article by Hilary Wainwright,  via Michel Bauwens:

Another implication for our own organisations, political and economic, is the importance of building into them the nurturing and development of this commons. We need to do this in both a prefigurative sense and as an immediate means of strengthening their transformative capacity.

Speaking notes on Reclaiming the Commons

on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:00


These are the notes for a talk I gave in the New Putney Debate organized by Occupy London 23-Nov-2012


The other day I heard a beautiful English folk song from 1750. Interestingly, it is getting very popular on the Internet nowadays. You probably don’t want to hear me singing it :-) so I brought to you its lyrics.

They hang the man and flog the woman

That steals the goose from off the common

But let the greater villain loose

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.

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.

How Charles Eisenstein’s epiphany became the mantra of the zeitgeist of our times

on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 08:14

As of today, the “more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible” has been reverberating on 224,000 webpages, in countless millions of email messages and, in its “a more beautiful…” and other variations, on 337,000,000 webpages!

Why? I believe it has to do with Anna’s first question in the bed this early morning, when the rising Sun signaled our body to start shifting from the night dreams to the dream of the day. She asked: Are you hopeful?