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What Dreams May Come?… May Day and Beyond


As a biologist and commons activist, and an avid meditator with a universalist bent, i always look forward to the Spring Festivals, Holidays, and Holy Days of celebration and renewal.  I tend to think of April (Passover – Earth Day – Easter), May (Beltane – International Workers Day – The Buddhist Festival of Wesak) and […]

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Co-Governing Our Commons: Local to Global Decision-Making throughPublic Deliberation


Using Public Deliberation: Co-governing the Commons By Jan Inglis   Commons: gifts of nature & society; wealth we inherit or create together and must pass on, undiminished or enhanced, to our children; e.g. water, oceans, culture, technology, seeds etc Public Deliberation: a process for reaching agreements by deeply considering the costs, consequences, and trade offs […]

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Social Charters: A comprehensive program for (re)claiming sovereignty over our natural and social commons resources


Social Charters:  Praxis of the Commons By James Bernard Quilligan, Commons Economist & Advocate                 Beyond the Market State There are two operating systems involved in the provision and allocation of goods and services in modern society. Each has familiar roots in history. Adam Smith’s legacy is that the […]

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First, Occupy the Market State: Second, Claim Sovereignty: Third, Practice Subsidiarity


Occupy and allied movements have uncovered the glaring truth, we the citizens of most nations have little or no power to reform the current Market State system that is wreaking such havoc on our economies, our communities and our ecosystems.  Can we stop the blatant enclosure of the ways and means of production (Market) and […]

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Who Owns The Sky? Occupy the Global Atmosphere Commons!


Commons Institution for the Sky?  As we move thru the Occupy Spring, Earth Day comes to mind… Many climate activists will be asking if one of the largest commons on the planet, our global atmosphere, can serve as the fulcrum to turn this unsustainable and unjust ecological, economic and political situation in a better direction […]

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The Future of Work for the 99%?


“Yes Magazine” shared this wonderful look at worker-owned cooperatives… 7 minutes of video inspiration, from Cleveland, Ohio Evergreen Cooperatives to the mountains of Spain and Mondragon… towards a new world of working for ourselves and the greater good. video: Shift Change – Putting Democracy to Work p.s. 2012 is the International Year of the Cooperative!

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The Making Worlds OWS Forum on the Commons, a photo-anthology


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The Future of Occupy: From Occupying People’s Park to Changing the System


This piece is from Jackie Smith and Bob Glidden (Occupy Pittsburgh Outreach Working Group) The closing of Occupy camps around the country has generated some important soul-searching and strategizing by activists, and in Pittsburgh feelings are divided. On the one hand, many of the camp residents are deeply saddened by the loss of their home […]

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Occupy, the World Social Forum and the Commons… social movements learning from each other


The World Social Forum has been around since 2001, and with their rallying call “Another World is Possible”, they share much in common with the system critiques emerging out of the Occupy and Commons Movements. When Occupy burst forth in the U.S. this past Fall, hot on the heels of the Arab Spring and uprisings in Spain, […]

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What Leaders in the US Social Forum are saying about Occupy


In a recent US Social Forum update two key organizers of the USSF are interviewed regarding their thoughts on the Occupy Movement.  Here are the some of the insights shared with us by Maureen Taylor, the State Chairperson of Michigan Welfare Rights Union and co-chair of the Detroit Local Organizing Committee for the 2010 USSF and George […]

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