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A World that Works for Everyone



Ostrom's Design Principles of the Commons

An event jointly organised by the Green Party and the School of Commoning

Silke Helfrich, co-editor of ‘The Wealth of the Commons’

A world beyond Market and State, will be our special guest.

Silke engages with activists, academics, business people and politicians from around the world to explain why the commons is important for our time.

In her words: “The commons is about people, as active participants, co-owners and citizens in their communities, people with relationships of responsibility toward each other and the resources that we all share together."

“We are poised between an old world that no longer works and a new one struggling to be born. Surrounded by centralized hierarchies on the one hand and predatory markets on the other, people around the world are searching for alternatives. The commons is one of them. And the commons gain momentum. Everywhere.”

Millions of commoners have organised to defend their forests and fisheries, reinvent local food systems, organize productive online communities, reclaim public spaces, improve environmental stewardship and re-imagine the very meaning of "progress" and governance. In short, they've built their commons.

It is thanks to her lifelong work on commons research that Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to win the Economic Nobel Price.

Come to this event in our series of Meetings with Remarkable Commoners, a unique opportunity to meet Silke Helfrich, and find out how the commons can be relevant in your life, in your community and in the world.


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  • Tim F.

    Silke Helfrich gave a very clear exposition of the essence of Commorning combined with practical examples of how it works in practice.. Ubuntu !

    2 · March 21, 2013

  • Pat M.

    Sorry. Really wanted to come to my first meeting but have a nasty cold. Don't want my first contribution to be giving everyone the bug!

    March 21, 2013

  • phil

    Looks freaking awesome!

    March 20, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Jonny Gordon-Farleigh posted a new Greeting on Meetup:

    “Thanks Anna. I think I would ask about what accounts (historically and politically) for the differences between Germany and the UK (mainly England) in terms of Germany's far advanced position in citizen-ownership of renewable energy infrastructure. I think we need a in-depth analysis of what makes some cultures/regions transition to the commons paradigm more than others? And then begin to challenge these cultural assumptions to push the commons agenda.”

    March 17, 2013

  • Jane E.

    Would have loved to attend, but will not be in London.

    March 10, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Long time since seeing you. Good to reconnect.

    March 3, 2013

  • James

    Will be attending this event.

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • terence f.

    sadly locked into meetings all day but I will try to join you if sufficvient time

    1 · March 2, 2013

    • Technoshaman

      That would be gr8 Terence if you could!

      March 2, 2013

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