I enjoyed the Wednesday evening - Restoring the Commons seminar. Whilst I don't have a very in depth knowledge of economics, the talk helped me to get a better grasp on the commons in general. The "both and" concept of individual freedom and collective stewardship resonated strongly. Looking forward to attending again on Saturday!
1 · May 10, 2012
I really like what i'm hearing about commons economics...
What if trusts with a mandate to protect the value of the commons were as well supported as the corporations exploiting the commons?... would stakeholder trusteeship do a better job at making sure business used the commons without abusing them? Sounds like a great check and balance to business... and a needed partnership for governments.
THE COMMONS, n., gifts of nature and society; the wealth we inherit or create together and must pass on, undiminished or enhanced, to our children; a sector of the economy that complements and counterweights the corporate sector. Civic-based commons governance provides a check and balance to the corporate drive for profit and undue influence on government.
0 · May 9, 2012
It was a great blasting off the seminar series on the commons! Everything from the opening and very supportive closing remarks by Michael Meacher, MP, James Quilligan's presentation, all the great contributions about the Occupy movement's Working Groups, a biodynamic farming commons, the Escuela de los Commons in Barcelona, all contributed to a high-energy, unforgettable event, which was also the celebration of the 1st anniversary of the School of Commoning. And this is just the beginning!
0 · May 9, 2012
Excellent discussion and launch in this series of seminars. The interrelationships of kindred projects began here. An event rich with knowledge and wisdom of those that attended. I got a sense of James' work on the commons going to the root of our economic crises in a direct, systemic and practical way. James began sharing some of his ideas that can both help us navigate the complexity we face in the 21st century and encourage life to flourish over the long term.
0 · May 9, 2012
There's an interesting conversation happening about "Youth for the Commons <===> the Commons for the Youth" here: http://www.meetup.com/School-of...
By the way, if any of us want to open a commons-related online conversation, you can do it here:
0 · May 7, 2012
Thank you Mary Beth for calling our attention to it. With $4,040 donated so far and another $1,000 pledged, we reached 30% of our target and there's still 38 days left to raise the funds we need to develop a series of professionally produced educational films, an e-book and an interactive knowledge map, all open sourced and available worldwide to support education for a commons-based economy. Of course, we can't do that without the active involvement of all commoners inspired by this work!
0 · May 6, 2012
The crowd funding is starting to gain steam... if you resonate with any of the commons economics ideas, including - moving away from a debt-based economy of unsustainable material growth, towards an economy of sustainable growth of cultural and creativite wealth that honors the limits and health of natural systems ... please contribute what you can
1 · May 6, 2012