Direjná: Embodiement of the Commons

This is a truly cosmopolitan project, everybody can enjoy because everbody understands “the language”. The animated short (12′) connects the legend of Direjná (meaning Grandma Cricket in English) whose songs can bring rain to this Earth, to modern day struggles against water privatization – actually the short evokes the Cochabamba Water War in 2000. The […]

A New Alignment of Movements?

by David Bollier (repost)  In September 2014, the Commons Strategies Group convened a three-day workshop in Meissen, Germany, of 25 policy advocates and activists from a variety of different economic and social movements.  The topic of the “deep dive”:  Can leading alt-economic and social movements find ways to work more closely together?  Can there be […]

The Commons Connection

by David Charles ; contribution twenty-fourth in a daily series of articles taken from Elevate #10. (I added a few links to the original post) For Silke Helfrich, editor of The Wealth of the Commons, the commons is both a ready replacement for capitalism and the empowerment we need to act. “I see the commons […]

Urban Commons? Eine Debatte boomt.

Akteure und Diskurse zu Urban Commons Die  TU Berlin öffnete vor wenigen Wochen eine interdisziplinäre Dialogplattform: „Smart People und Urban Commoning“.  Der Name klingt nach Programm! Damit bietet die TU im laufenden Wintersemester im 14-täglichen Rhythmus eine öffentliche und interdisziplinäre Veranstaltungsreihe, die sich folgenden Fragen widmet: “Was und wie können aktuelle Praktiken des Teilens, Tauschens […]

The Commons. A new Open-Source Code around the Sharing of Resources

This is the title of the documentary film I want to share with you today. It’s a film about communities all over the world re-asserting sustainable, responsible futures using ancient Commons principles. Here is what the film-team says: “Five years in the making, we listened as 49 communities in the Americas, Europe and south Asia […]

The Commons at the Core of Degrowth

Where to start praising this book? Degrowth A Vocabulary for a New Era: by the sheer list of those (non-authors) who already did? Silvia Federici, David Graeber, Manuel Castells, Alberto Acosta, Wolfgang Sachs, Richard Noorgaard, Massimo de Angelis, Herman Daly, James Gustave Speth, Deepak Malghan… and the list goes on and on. Sounds like the […]