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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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Occupy, the peer-to-peer movement and Marxism


Excerpts from “Peer-to-Peer and Marxism: analogies and differences,” an interview of Michel Bauwens, founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives by Jean Lievens. Having facilitated a teach-in on commons-based peer production, governance and property, at Occupy Wall Street’s Liberty Plaza encampment last November, Bauwens visited London and the School of Commoning featured him in its series of Meetings with […]

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David DeGraw: One of the original Occupy Wall Street organizers- the Nowman interview- part one


Re-posted from http://occupylosangeles.org, authored by Dan Nowman Niswander, originally published on: 07 February 2012 Submitted by nowman on Tue, 02/07/2012 – 12:23pm February marks the anniversaries of two key developments in the 99% and Occupy Wall Street Movements. In part one, one of the original organizers, David DeGraw talks about money out of politics, Interoccupy, […]

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Making New Worlds Possible


Re-posted from http://www.onthecommons.org, authored by Alexa Bradley, originally published on: 23 February 2012 OTC program director Alexa Bradley was one of the presenters at Occupy Wall Street’s inaugural forum on the commons Feb. 16-19 in Brooklyn. Here is her report on what that happened. A report from the Occupy Wall Street forum on the commons I […]

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Commons and Occupy


Back to workshop Homepage This thread is part of the online component of the Occupy-Commons strategy conversation at the OWS Forum on the Commons in New York, February 16-18, 2012 described here. Thinking of a possible, Commons-inspired strategy as guidance to support wise choices in our daily work in and around the Occupations, prompts such questions as: What new possibilities can […]

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A Commons-inspired “Occupy theory” of collective action


Back to workshop Homepage This thread is part of the online component of the Occupy-Commons strategy conversation at the OWS Forum on the Commons in New York, February 16-18, 2012 described here. Theory making (in Appreciative Inquiry) “refers to a theory of intentional collective action, designed to evolve the vision and will of a group, organization, or society as a whole. […]

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Can Occupy occupy strategy?


A strategy for and by the people?  For the last couple of months I have joined in a variety of peaceful protests, celebrations and collaborative enterprises along with millions of other Occupiers rising up across the globe to usher in a new world. Passers by, media analysts and pundits, invariably asked us what was this […]

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How r’evolution carries itself forward by the Working Groups of Occupy


R’evolution is shorthand for the jump time of evolution, when social relations that have been frozen for a long time start thawing and the obsolescence of the dominant social order becomes obvious to the multitudes. It’s a time of unfreeze, a fascinating moment, when what the future can become is up to us, to our […]

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