Tag Archives: commons

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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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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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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99% Spring inspired by the Occupy Movement


Are our social, economic and political crises unsurmountable?  Bill Moyers talks with young but very experienced organizers George Goehl, Ai-jen Poo, and Sarita Gupta and finds out what we can do and how we can bring about change and get involved. I was impressed by the well designed interview style and by the insights  the movement organisers […]

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Occupation in Philly, Day 20 (Oct 25): “Commons Not Capitalism”


This early blog post by Cindy Milstein, at Occupy Philly represents one of the earliest seeds of occupiers using the term ‘commons’ and its prototyping. Occupy Philly was the source of the banner that spurred Chris Taylor to write his reflections on the slogan “Commons not Capitalism” here. Cindy reports on their experiences of creating mini-commons, classroom discussions […]

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European Charter of the Commons


“A true commonwealth of Europe is possible only by means of constitutional safeguards of the commons through a direct participatory process.” ~ article 6 of the European Charter of the Commons, one part of a larger drafting of a European Charter of the Commons. This both a template and project worth supporting, for and by […]

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The European Charter of the Commons Campaign


Campaign announcement by Commonsense.it initiating the campaign for a European Charter of the Commons under Lisbon Treaty Regulation No. 211/2011. In solidarity with those resisting the privatization of resources e.g., in Italy with the water referendum, the recent occupations of 2011 and 2012, we are provided a glimpse into their vision of an emerging Commons based […]

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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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