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The Future of the Commons

‘Excerpts from The Future of the Commons, by David Harvey, in Radical History Review Issue 109; Winter 2011   “Suppose, says Marx, a capitalist begins production with $1,000 in capital and in the first year manages to gain $200 surplus value from laborers mixing their labor with the land, and the capitalist then uses that surplus in [...]

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The nascent story of the Escuela de los Commons

Reposted from p2pfoundation.net, titled Presentation on the School of the Commons  in Catalonia for Future of Occupy Magazine, written by Escuela de los Commons Towards a ‘School of the Commons’ in Catalonia The ‘Escuela de los Commons’/’School of the Commons’ is a horizontal platform for the production, exchange and dissemination of knowledge resulting from communal [...]

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Occupy Research – research by and for the Movement

This panel of the Left Forum conference in New York, March 16-18, focuses on theoretical and practical developments around social movement research and research justice in the context of the Occupy Movement. Knowledge can be used to build and maintain, as well as to upset, power. Scholars and activists on the Left are working with [...]

Occupy Research – research by and for the Movement

Chomsky to Occupy: come back bigger, better, and with much more of the 99%

The original of this post appeared in the Portland Phoenix, under the title: Chomsky to Occupy: move to the next stage. The current title was expressed by Adam Jung, an Occupy London supporter. Noam Chomsky has advice for the Occupy movement, whose encampments all over the country are being swept away by police. The occupations were [...]

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Manuel Castells on overcoming fear

Originally posted by European Revolution on 10/08/2011 Translation of the conclusions of the speech in Spanish  of the sociologist Manuel Castells, professor at Berkeley University  (California) and researcher at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC),  on May 27 at the # AcampadaBCN – Plaza of Catalonia – to support the  camps around the world and enumerate the [...]

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What is sense-making and its implications for movement sense-making

Wikipedia describes sense-making as follows: It is a collaborative process of creating shared awareness and understanding out of different individuals’ perspectives and varied interests… Sensemaking has seven properties [5] Identity and identification is central – who people think they are in their context shapes what they enact and how they interpret events (Pratt, 2000, Currie & Brown, 2003; [...]

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Building alliances for the long haul

The original of this note was posted in the Outreach Strategy conversation of Occupy London’s online bulletin board. Thinking of Occupy as a force of prefigurative politics would open the possibility of scaling some of our consensus principles up to the level of inter-movement alliance building.  What  might that look like? For example, we don’t need to [...]

Building alliances for the long haul

Sage Advice for Occupy? from Nobel winner Elinor Ostrom

Dr. Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics for her 30+ years of research and study of commons* management, is joined by many other commons supporters in saying that the “tragedy of the commons” is that of the unmanaged or unsuccessfully managed commons.  What we have now is an entire paradigm managed for the [...]

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Occupy Economics – Economists declaring solidarity with Occupy

 On November 13th 2011, economists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst drafted an open statement to the Occupy Wall Street movement pledging their support. Since then, more than 200 economists from around the world have added their names. Read more at econ4.org They consider the occupiers as advocates of the public good and state: “The [...]

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Occupy Wall Street is stepping in where government failed

The following text is reposted from Complex Systems and Occupy Wall Street by Yaneer Bar-Yam of the New England Complex Systems Institute. I am impressed by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and its objectives. As the head of an institute whose work is to bring to light central issues at stake nationally and globally, I would like [...]

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