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Commons Links worldwide

on Sat, 09/03/2011 - 14:25

Here is a  an incomplete and growing list of weblogs relating to the commons. If you know of more such weblogs about the commons please let us know. Just send us an email with the relevant link (and preferably, your annotation),  and we'll add it to this list.


  • Commons Strategies Group | | The Commons Strategies Group (CSG) is a partnership to help advance the commons as a paradigm in diverse settings -- both in theory and practice. Working on four continents, we catalyze and assist commons-based projects, activism, research and public education with a great variety of partners."


  • Commons Practice | | A weblog describing Robin Temple's learning journey as he discovers many of the hidden implications and consequences of choosing to be a commoner.


  • Creative Commons | | "Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation."


  • David Bollier weblog | | From David Bollier's own comments about his weblog: "It is the primary showcase for my latest discoveries, adventures and reflections about the commons as I step off in some new directions."


  • Digital Library of the Commons | | "The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC) is a gateway to the international literature on the commons. The DLC provides free and open access to full-text articles, papers, and dissertations. This site contains an author-submission portal; an Image Database; the Comprehensive Bibliography of the Commons; a Keyword Thesaurus, and links to relevant reference sources on the study of the commons."


  • Free Software Foundation | | "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users."


  • Global Commons Trust | | The weblog of a growing group of individuals (including James Quilligan), organizations and other non-proprietary stakeholders who believe that shared resources should be held in trust for the commonwealth of the planet. They believe that a Global Commons Trust is needed so that the world’s commons are recognized and protected through a binding international trust for the benefit of humanity and all beings.


  • Institute of the Commons | | "IOTC envisions a world where all citizens everywhere regularly assemble in their neighborhood communities to develop shared vision and action in service to the local and wider worlds. [...] Using democracy to achieve democracy, locally and globally, at all levels: from the individual, to small and large groups, to communities and networks of communities." 


  • Kosmos Journal | | Kosmos is the leading international Journal for planetary citizens committed to the birth and emergence of a new planetary culture and civilization. We are the pioneers of a global age when new human capacities are arising and old institutions are becoming obsolete. We embrace a comprehensive, integral approach to change.


  • Lewis Hyde | | "Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. [...] Hyde's most recent book, Common as Air, is a spirited defense of our "cultural commons," that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich in the present.


  • New Economics Foundation | | "nef is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environmental and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first."


  • Nonsite Collective’s Project on the Commons | | "Project on the Commons is a framework for situating some recent activities and discussions--in New York, Vancouver, the Bay Area, and elsewhere-- around the question of "the commons" and "commoning" as critical alternatives to coercive neoliberal enclosures. Our hope is to provide a scene of convergence so that we can connect related investigations, while stimulating further work and trans-local collaborations."


  • Norman Lear | "The Lear Center is a multidisciplinary research and public policy center exploring implications of the convergence of entertainment, commerce, and society. Based at the University of Southern California, the Lear Center builds bridges between eleven schools whose faculty study aspects of entertainment, media, and culture. Beyond campus, it bridges the gap between the entertainment industry and academia, and between them and the public. Through scholarship and research; through its programs of visiting fellows, conferences, public events, and publications; and in its attempts to illuminate and repair the world, the Lear Center works to be at the forefront of discussion and praxis in the field."


  • OER Commons | | "By leveraging our technical infrastructure and developing teacher training models that facilitate participation with OER, the OER Commons project aims to grow a sustainable culture of sharing among educators at all levels. [...] Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student, or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world." 


  • On The Commons | On the Commons (formerly Tomales Bay Institute) is a network of citizens and organizations exploring new ways to achieve social justice, environmental harmony and democratic participation at all levels of society. The work of On the Commons takes many forms from introducing innovative public policies and economic initiatives to supporting grassroots local action. They focus on a wide range of issues, which reach deep into the realms of ecology, economics, technology, politics, education, the arts and day-to-day life in diverse communities.


  • P2P Foundation weblog | | An active and many-sided weblog that approaches the commons through the Peer-to-Peer 'lens'. Michel Bauwens is the chief architect behind this very useful and informative weblog.


  • Philippe Aigrain (French) | from p2pfoundation: "Commons-advocate Philippe Aigrain, in his book Cause Commune, argues for a two-pronged strategy: de-monetising the cognitive capitalists (big pharma, microsoft, the bio-pirates, etc...), and find strategies to monetise the commons-sphere of open content production."


  • Project Oekonux | | "In Project Oekonux different people with different opinions and different methods study the economic and political forms of Free Software. An important question is, whether the principles of the development of Free Software may be the foundation of a new economy which may be the base for a new society. The conference shall give room to bundle, collectively re-discuss and make fruitful for all, thoughts which developed in Project Oekonux and other places independently."


  • Public Knowledge | | "Public Knowledge is a Washington DC based public interest group working to defend your rights in the emerging digital culture."



  • Remix the Commons | | "Remix the commons is a collaborative and evolutive multimedia project. It aims to document and illustrate the key ideas and practices of the commons movement, including through the creative process of the project itself."


  • Science Commons | | "Since 2004, we’ve been focusing our efforts to expand the use of Creative Commons licenses to scientific and technical research."


  • | | An online magazine and community about sharing - with good postings related to the commons.


  • Solidarity Economy | | " is an online 'think tank without walls' dedicated to critical debate and analysis for the mass movements of today. We are part of a global network of activists, organizers and intellectuals who believe that solving our most pressing political, economic, social and environmental problems requires a revolutionary transformation on a global scale. [...]"


  • The Commoner | | A wide range of topics about the commons covered in this weblog edited by Massimo De Angelis.


  • The Commons Blog | | Another very active weblog (in German) about the commons - edited by Silke Helfrich.


  • The Global Innovation Commons | | The Global Innovation Commons (G.I.C.) provides a world-wide repository of all innovations which, while possibly protected in one or more countries, have the ability to be used in the rest of the world due to patent expiration, abandonment, invalidity, or failure to file in-country protection.  The G.I.C. enables the immediate open source generic production of most technologies - even those considered most cutting edge in markets where patent holders failed to seek or gain protection.


  • The International Association for the Study of the Commons | | "The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), founded in 1989 as The International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP) (Read about the Association's name change), is a nonprofit Association devoted to understanding and improving institutions for the management of resources that are (or could be) held or used collectively by communities in developing or developed countries."