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Making Worlds: Second Forum on the Commons

Update:  We at The Future of Occupy are collaborating with Making Worlds on this forum and our home page and key resources for the event can be found here.

Friends.. In follow up to the original OWS conference on the commons (see the 1st workshop listed here: March 29th to March 30th 2013 sees Making World’s the hosts of the original forum host this very exciting 2nd forum on the commons.

For more about this conference see: and find the FB page for the event here: 

Re-posted from originally published 11th March 2013.

Making Worlds: a Commons Coalition is a collaborative effort by Occupy Wall St and other groups and individuals to explore the utility of the commons in creating a better world.

Making Worlds: a Commons Coalition brings projects working to reclaim the commons to the fore of the Occupy movement. Commons can be defined as resources managed and sustained by the communities that make use of them. The commons belong to the 99% yet are endangered by privatization and commodification. Making Worlds grows out of an understanding that Occupy itself is a form of commoning, a process in which everyone can participate, every voice can contribute, an open movement that belongs to no one and to everyone. Through holding conversations in communities around the city among organizations, activists and others, we aim to create links between the Occupy movement, the Commons movement, activist organizations and people who may not consider themselves activists. This way we can become visible to each other and work together on our common problems.

We are organizing our second Making Worlds Forum, “BUILDING THE COMMONS”, to be held in March 29-30, 2013. We envision 2 days of workshops and conversations on how to build spaces and projects for a politics, technology, culture, and an economy of, by and for the 99%. Come join the conversation. Welcome to the Paradigm Shift! Everyone’s invited!

Upcoming events:

Next Making Worlds meeting will be on Saturday March 9 at 4pm at the Goethe Institute, Wyoming Building, 5 E. 3rd Street (at Bowery)

Reports and Narratives of the 1st Forum on the Commons (Feb. 2012):

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Please note/announcing a related event: If you are interested in the much anticipated Making World’s event then you may also be interested in attending or following the March 21st event being hosted and jointly organised by the Green Party and the School of Commoning. See below:

21st March 6:30-8:30pm 

SSEES School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies
16 TAVITON STREET, room #433, London, WC1H 0BE

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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