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The Commons & the European Revolutions

Identifying Commons, Commoning & Commons Governance
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on 2 March 2012

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The Commons & the European Revolutions What is the Commons? The Commons is a Resource Management Regime managed by the people NOT by state or private actors. Natural or Inherited Commons Immaterial or Cultural Commons Material Commons or Common Stock COMMONING! Common Pool Resources are not just all this stuff you can see... Its also a rich source of relationships between ordinary people who come together to manage and cultivate....
what they share in common and
develop their capacity to do so by... 1) ensemble of practices used by people in the course of managing shared resources and reclaiming the commons 2) Moving from the I to the We, where individuals become capable to think, feel, and act as Commons 3) Recognizing the inherent connectedness of humanity as a whole and having our individual and collective “centre of gravity” in a beyond-ego state So we have gone from The continuing governance of shared resources can only happen through our ongoing commoning and the development of our capacities to do so. Some real-time examples of a set of practices that emerge in the course of... Reclaiming Managing The European Revolutions The more we self-organize through Commoning the greater chance that we will create the conditions and the will to legally protect the resources that we care about. We can do this through Social Charters and Commons Trusts (see http://www.globalcommonstrust.org). Commons trusts or comparable arrangements, successfully manage Common Pool Resources through its Governance System. Successful commons governance is participatory, encourages self-organizing and has the ability to self-regulate in the management of SHARED Common Pool Resources in trusteeship or stewardship for present and future generations. They are neither individually or collectively owned by anyone. Spanish Revolution Greek Revolution These acts of reclamation have brought Early Seeds of self-governing... managing or more precisely - acting to protect their threatened resources as events unfold... There is a desire to take
this to the next level “What has begun in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol and has been echoed in fifty-two cities across the country is the crystallization of a popular movement for freedom, which has no intention of fading away.” Pablo Ouziel (29th May 2011) “...what happened in Spain is really Ground Zero for the start of a process towards deep transformation of our civilisation and political economy.” Pablo Ouziel (29th May 2011) Deep Transformation? “From their first moments, life in these camps, in Madrid and everywhere else, has proved to be totally resistant to violence. In the run-up to Spain’s local elections every candidate was suddenly scared of this movement” Pedro Silverio Moreno (29th May 2011) Non-Violence “A silent revolution has begun in Spain, a non-violent revolution which seeks democracy through democratic means, justice through just means, and peace through peaceful means has finally captivated the imagination of the Spanish people, and now there is no turning back.” Pablo Ouziel (29th May 2011) Captivating the Imagination “Drummers and other musicians play until 4 a.m – bringing back the feeling of greek ‘glenti’ – celebration.” Maria Skordialos (5th June 2011) JOYFULNESS! “– something was happening – people were sitting on the floor in small groups – there was a microphone and a screen. A strong energy of love was present – people listening, helping each other, creating pathways in case of people needing to move – my sister Stella has a bad back – several men stood up to help her so she can sit.” Maria Skordialos (5th June 2011) Compassion & Love "Those that called this and are giving shape to this democratic architecture know that it is running ahead of them – there is no holding it back.” Maria Skordialos (5th June 2011) So what are these governance structures that are emerging? “Within Spain, the organization of these camps are striking: they work like small kibbutzim where everybody shares what they have and where the decisions are adopted by consensual agreement.” Pedro Silverio Moreno (29th May 2011) So in Spain and Greece their have been huge camps in central squares... Neighbourhood and town
assemblies met In Madrid... Thousands are also joining in, in Greece too... People listen to each other – different ages of voices speak – different accents (not all are Greek) – really wacky ideas are given – everyone is listened to. Anyone who has turned out at these gatherings – and seen how all kinds of different people, megaphone in hand, are putting forward ideas about how to improve the world. "The movement however is still in its early stages. Every decision is approved by total consensus, making it a slow and laborious task. The movement is set on achieving complete horizontality and, as such, refuses to adopt leaders and figureheads." An Emerging Social Ecosystem of Skills
being shared. Doctors, nurses, accountants,
lawyers and so on attentive to the people In Greece In Spain Sarah Whiteley's blog post written
6 days ago: "Dancing the Space Open" Sarah with other World Cafe Hosts including Anthi
who we will be hearing soon LIVE from Greece are
trying to conduct world cafe style coordination. Sarah wrote that they all sensed
that the "time was not right" ...and that the gatherings "were not ready for fresh perspectives - perhaps unknown, to their own." A strong patriarchal presence limited the possibility of hosting at that time In both Spain and Greece the Commons continues to grow... Identifying Commons,Commoning
& Commons Governance A presentation given on the 24th June 2011
by the School of Commoning, CIC A Commons begins by first identifying one or more common pool resources that needs self-managing The Commons is therefore distinct from market and state sectors, emerging out of civil society it works as a counterpoise to the market & state sectors overcoming the destructive market-state duopoly we see today. A present day case-study... Thank you for viewing!
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http://www.indiegogo.com/CommonsCampaign These Common Pool Resources are now recognised to be far more encompassing than was originally conceived and this is by no means all of them!! To Simplify matters here are three broad categories - the first two embrace all the objective forms of common pool resources in our universe. James Quilligan calls these the Biosphere and the Physiosphere respectively. Quilligan terms the third category ~ the Noosphere ~ which encompasses all the subjective common pool resources of the universe. The Biosphere The Physiosphere The Noosphere Our relationships are the most important common pool resource that we have! They are crucial to our success in creating/reclaiming, protecting and managing our commons Commoning is... Giving Rise to...
A Governance System our commons our commons & To examine this we must take a look at the 'managing' that is taking place in Spain and Greece To check this website out see: http://www.onlinecreation.info/ Common Pool Resources
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