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James Quilligan’s talk about why we have to Occupy the Commons


James Quilligan the renowned commons thinker, activist, and founder of the Global Commons Trust, gave the following talk at the Occupy Wall Street Forum on the Commons, February 16, 2012. The event was live-streamed. In this talk, he encouraged the audience to challenge Garrett Hardin’s definition of the Commons, as found in his 1968 article in Science […]

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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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Civic Distress Calls for Deep Deliberations and the Commons


Here in the U.S., many are already sick to death of the Presidential campaign.  Sadly, our national politics boil down to not much more than lining-up favors and cash for the next election.  The only thing good about the whole spiel is the comedy routines… but one cannot survive on comedy alone. The United States […]

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Making Worlds: An OWS Forum on the Commons


This is an announcement re-posted from the Making Worlds wiki.   Making Worlds: An OWS Forum on the Commons February 16-18, 2012 An Invitation The Occupy movement is entering a new phase, one in which many of us feel the need of combining a renewed engagement with direct actions and mobilizations with a deep reflection on […]

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A Movement Without Demands?


Re-published from possible-futures.org, Tuesday 3 January 2012. By Marco Deseriis and Jodi Dean The question of demands infused the initial weeks and months of Occupy Wall Street with the endless opening of desire. Nearly unbearable, the absence of demands concentrated interest, fear, expectation, and hope in the movement. What did they want? What could they want? Commentators have […]

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12 Reasons You’ll Be Hearing More About the Commons in 2012


“We” power stands at the convergence of economic and cultural trends This is a blog by Jay Walljasper, published in On The Commons, on January  4, 2012. 1. The Commons is Essential to Our Health, Security & Survival The commons comprises valuable assets that belong to all of us. This includes clean air and fresh water; national […]

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Occupy 2.0! – Take Back The Commons!


The origin of this post appeared on the Democractic Underground message board, under the title “Saturday December 17th Occupy 2.0! Take Back The Commons!“ Taking back the commons is exactly what occupying stands for. It goes far deeper than corporate personhood or the corruption of politics by money.The country belongs to its people. The world belongs […]

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The commons and real democracy


Excerpts from “What to expect in 2012,” by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri On the economic terrain we need to discover new social technologies for freely producing in common and for equitably distributing shared wealth. How can our productive energies and desires be engaged and increased in an economy not founded on private property? How […]

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“Campaign for the Commons” rising at OWS


At the first face to face meeting of Occupy Wall Street’s Campaign for the Commons working group, several suggestions were made. Noting that much of the activity of OWS was supportive of various commons – open source, Internet, civic engagement, and the use of public spaces – there was a suggestion that a broader understanding […]

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Occupy the Commons


The blogpost below was first published in the Community Knowledge Garden of the School of Commoning, under the title “Occupy the Commons — an invitation.” “In considering the essential problem of how to produce and distribute material wealth, virtually all of the great economists in Western history have ignored the significance of the commons — the shared resources of […]

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