Mid May I have been taken part at the SmartCSO Lab-Workshop near Paris. (CSO = Civil Society Organizations) The workshop provided a wonderfull opportunity to talk to and with change agents of environmental and development organizations about the Commons (see also the workshop programm). Among them, some of the big ones like WWF and Greenpeace. The question I was asked to address in my talk reads as follows:
How can we use the Commons as a political concept for a common strategy towards the Great Transition*?
After having shared my understanding of the commons, commoning – the antonym of enclosure – and commons-based peer production, I basically said the following (Pls, bear in mind that this is a first draft, your complementary or critical remarks are highly welcome) :
Great Transition means to me: transition towards a free society based on commons-based peer-production. Therefore, a deep understanding of the commons as structruring-principle for society is not only key, but also helpfull to overcome resistance to change. Why is that?
The main resistance to change stems from deeply rooted core beliefs in people’s minds. If we cannot think change, we cannot do it. If, for instance, “mental models” privilege competition, then cooperation will hardly thrive. If … Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »