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Social Learning Design - Workspace

This is the workspace where we will co-design the curriculum for the social learning course on

Learning Together about and for the Commons


For more details about social learning including past announcements of previously run courses and videos please visit the social learning page here




Supporting the Commons in Nigeria - project of the School of Commoning

Sources to draw on for our presentation at the Ijaw People's Association, on 27th August



Citizen Dividends And Oil Resource Rents A Focus on Alaska, Norway and Nigeria, by Alanna Hartzok

Citizens of Alaska have been receiving individual dividend checks from an oil rent trust fund since 1982. Norway's citizens receive substantial social services and invest oil rents in a permanent fund for the future. Nigeria has yet to establish a similar fund for its oil revenue stream. This paper explores the oil rent institutions of Alaska, Norway and Nigeria with a focus on these questions: Are citizen dividends from oil rent funds currently or potentially a source of substantial basic income?

It has an extensive section on Nigeria, which is an excellent primer on the oil revenue distributiion and a must to read to all of us involved in the collaboration with the Ijaw People's Association



Ayo, Dele, Kenneth Hubbell, Dele Olowu, Elinor Ostrom, and Tina West 1993. "The Experience in Nigeria with Decentralized Approaches to Local Delivery of Primary Education and Primary Health Services." Associates in Rural Development, Inc. for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Research and Development Bureau.(Decentralization: Finance & Management Project).


West, Tina, and Elinor Ostrom 1991. "Consent and the Provision of Local Public Goods and Services: Some Reflections from Ghanian and Nigerian Experiences." (Working Paper) Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


By helping to cultivate prosperity through sharing, the commons offers an alternative to unsustainable economic growth, says Silke Helfrich.

Pictures and videos


Elinor Ostrom on managing "common pool" resources



Elinor Ostrom's briefing session with community leader's in Nigeria (2001-2006)