Campaign announcement by Commonsense.it initiating the campaign for a European Charter of the Commons under Lisbon Treaty Regulation No. 211/2011. In solidarity with those resisting the privatization of resources e.g., in Italy with the water referendum, the recent occupations of 2011 and 2012, we are provided a glimpse into their vision of an emerging Commons based [...]
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“A true commonwealth of Europe is possible only by means of constitutional safeguards of the commons through a direct participatory process.” ~ article 6 of the European Charter of the Commons, one part of a larger drafting of a European Charter of the Commons. This both a template and project worth supporting, for and by [...]
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 [...]
Prepared by Jeff Reifman, Envision Seattle and Thomas Linzey, Esq. What is this document? We’re offering the model Community Bill of Rights template below for Occupy communities that wish to begin mobilized initiative campaigns in their region. Think of the template as a menu to pick and choose what’s important in your community. It’s meant to provide a framework and a [...]
Jeff Reifman, Envision Seattle and Thomas Linzey, Esq of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) recently posted a major message to the Occupy movement, both a warning and a challenge… “Mainstream progressive groups have failed by constraining their activities within legal and regulatory systems purposefully structured to subordinate communities to corporate power. Real movements don’t operate that way. Abolitionists never sought to regulate [...]