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Sustainability- First Things First Series- 6


© 2013 by Dan Nowman Niswander “We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this […]

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ARTIST’S RIGHTS AND I: T Bone Burnett and Others Discuss Internet Freedom


As part of the Hammer Museum’s public forums, a famous music artist and producer, an author and professor, and a legendary radio broadcaster came together to discuss issues pertaining to the complexity of the Internet’s impact on the business and the morality of the entertainment industry, and more. In front of a live audience in […]

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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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Swarms, multitude, and activism: weaving the transatlantic conversation with OWS


This post is about an event that will happen tomorrow, a continent away, the other side of the Atlantic. Few of you reading it will have a chance to read it in time to decide to go there and be part of it. Yet, I’m writing about it because its portent goes way beyond the […]

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Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons: a new challenge for a new world


This post was re-published from unitar.org The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, are pleased to announce the launch of the new Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons. The term “global commons” refers to those resources that are shared by all of humanity […]

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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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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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