State Power and Commoning

Silke Helfrich, http://www.commonstrategies.org Paper prepared for AFD Conference: Communs et Développement; Paris, Dec. 1 & 2, 2016 CONTENT:   I. Clarify Concepts: State and Commons The State doesn’t exist … and the Nation-State is a conceptual fiction Commons enact their own normalcies Commons belong to different people. People belong to multiple commons A commoner is […]

This is not democracy. It’s a roman circus.

By DAVID BOLLIER making sense of the US elections from a commoner’s perspective A Moment That Illuminates Our Structural Challenges Fri, 11/11/2016 – 12:44 At least we have some clarity.  The mystifications and rationalizations are evaporating.  If nothing else, the election of Donald Trump illuminates many of the deep structural problems that we need to […]

1. European Commons Assembly: virtuell dabei sein!

On Tuesday, November 15, we begin the First Meeting of European Commons Assembly (aka: ECA) in Brussels. Here is the pdf final version of the 3-day program, November 15-17, more info and context is available on the ECA website. And here the web stream link for ECA on November 16th in the afternoon 2 – […]

Jein zum Staat?

Gedanken anlässlich des Treffens der European Commons Assembly in Brüssel. Gastbeitrag von Leslie Gauditz Commons zeichnen sich durch relative Staatsferne aus. Im November treffen sich jetzt allerdings europäische Commoners in Brüssel, um dem Staatsorgan des EU-Parlaments Anregungen für Gesetze zu geben1. Grund genug, um ein paar Gedanken zu notieren. In der Forschung zu sozialen Bewegungen […]

Socialisation and Commons in Europe

This is a slightly edited repost from the transform network. Good to see, that they think of the commons as a central political category. „We present our first transform! eBook, which deals with the promising topic of the Commons. It is a reiteration of the essential discussions held during a European seminar in Paris in […]

Patterns of Commoning

As part of the P2P Foundation’s series on the 100 Women Who Are Co-Creating the P2P Society, Michel Bauwens interviews me on my work in the commons, and my collaboration with David Bollier on Patterns of Commoning. Bauwens: Silke, could you first give some background about yourself and your collaboration with David Bollier in editing […]

Nach Hause kommen: Commons weltweit!

Heute mal was speziell für Schweizer*innen. Gemeint ist der booklaunch am 20. Oktober in Zürich. Das Büchlein zu lesen empfehle ich ausdrücklich allen! Hiermit laden wir ein zur Buchvernissage Nach Hause kommen Nachbarschaften als Commons Donnerstag 20. Oktober 2016 – 19:30 Uhr Kulturhaus Helferei, Kirchgasse 13, Zürich Das Buch «Nach Hause kommen» zeigt, wie einfach […]