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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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Co-Governing Our Commons: Local to Global Decision-Making throughPublic Deliberation

Using Public Deliberation: Co-governing the Commons By Jan Inglis   Commons: gifts of nature & society; wealth we inherit or create together and must pass on, undiminished or enhanced, to our children; e.g. water, oceans, culture, technology, seeds etc Public Deliberation: a process for reaching agreements by deeply considering the costs, consequences, and trade offs [...]

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Social Charters: A comprehensive program for (re)claiming sovereignty over our natural and social commons resources

Social Charters:  Praxis of the Commons By James Bernard Quilligan, Commons Economist & Advocate                 Beyond the Market State There are two operating systems involved in the provision and allocation of goods and services in modern society. Each has familiar roots in history. Adam Smith’s legacy is that the [...]

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First, Occupy the Market State: Second, Claim Sovereignty: Third, Practice Subsidiarity

Occupy and allied movements have uncovered the glaring truth, we the citizens of most nations have little or no power to reform the current Market State system that is wreaking such havoc on our economies, our communities and our ecosystems.  Can we stop the blatant enclosure of the ways and means of production (Market) and [...]

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Who Owns The Sky? Occupy the Global Atmosphere Commons!

Commons Institution for the Sky?  As we move thru the Occupy Spring, Earth Day comes to mind… Many climate activists will be asking if one of the largest commons on the planet, our global atmosphere, can serve as the fulcrum to turn this unsustainable and unjust ecological, economic and political situation in a better direction [...]

Who Owns The Sky? Occupy the Global Atmosphere Commons!

99% Spring inspired by the Occupy Movement

Are our social, economic and political crises unsurmountable?  Bill Moyers talks with young but very experienced organizers George Goehl, Ai-jen Poo, and Sarita Gupta and finds out what we can do and how we can bring about change and get involved. I was impressed by the well designed interview style and by the insights  the movement organisers [...]

99% Spring inspired by the Occupy Movement

The Making Worlds OWS Forum on the Commons, a photo-anthology

The Making Worlds OWS Forum on the Commons, a photo-anthology

The Future of Occupy: From Occupying People’s Park to Changing the System

This piece is from Jackie Smith and Bob Glidden (Occupy Pittsburgh Outreach Working Group) The closing of Occupy camps around the country has generated some important soul-searching and strategizing by activists, and in Pittsburgh feelings are divided. On the one hand, many of the camp residents are deeply saddened by the loss of their home [...]

The Future of Occupy: From Occupying People’s Park to Changing the System

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This early blog post by Cindy Milstein, at Occupy Philly represents one of the earliest seeds of occupiers using the term ‘commons’ and its prototyping. Occupy Philly was the source of the banner that spurred Chris Taylor to write his reflections on the slogan “Commons not Capitalism” here. Cindy reports on their experiences of creating mini-commons, classroom discussions [...]

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Reposted from aljazeera.com, authored by Michel Bauwens,  originally published on Friday, March 9, 2012 The Occupy Wall Street movement is a model for a new economic paradigm, in which value is first created by communities. In Zuccotti Park, protesters created an ‘ethical economy’ based on the group’s shared values [GALLO/GETTY] Chiang Mai, Thailand - Last week I discussed the [...]

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