Patterns of Commoning: Remix The Commons as an Evolving Intercultural Space for Commoning

Alain Ambrosi and Frédéric Sultan: “How would you define commons in one sentence?” “Remix The Commons”1 saw the light of day in 2010 when we shouldered a video camera and started asking many people from different social and educational backgrounds, cultures, and with various ranges of experiences this “little” question. And we received quite spontaneous… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Doughnut Economics

Book: Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist. Kate Raworth. Random House Business Books, 2017 “Doughnut Economics proposes 7 fundamental shifts needed in today’s economic mindset if we – humanity – want to give ourselves half a chance of thriving together on this living planet in the 21st century.” Review George… Continue reading

Project Of The Day: CoopPrincipal

 Imagine a social media platform that required a donation for every post. You can like, thumb up, share, or retweet as often as you want. However, the platform deducts a minimum donation from your account and disperses it to the organization featured in your post. This is the idea behind investment clubs. Individual members tout… Continue reading

The Rules of the Game of Platform Cooperativism

Our colleague Guido Smorto who, among many other collaborations, gave a fascinating short talk at the Co-op/Commons convergence event we co-organised at the end of last year, has written this article about regulation issues in Platform Cooperativism. Originally published at the CCCBLab blog. Guido Smorto: “Platform cooperativism” has become the most successful term used in… Continue reading

A Better Co-op Democracy Without Elections?

Terry Bouricius, writing for Co-op Water Cooler questions the prevalence of elections in democratic worker ownership. Terry Bouricius: All large cooperative and membership organizations (nonprofits, worker-owned enterprises, etc.) that seek to govern themselves democratically face a perennial problem. How can an organization maintain member interest in matters of organizational governance year after year, and avoid… Continue reading

Daniel Wahl on Designing Regenerative Cultures for Resilience and Sustainability

http://empowerradio.net/podcasts/allthingsconnected_041217_danielwahl.mp3 This podcast conversation with our frequent contributor Daniel Wahl was originally posted in Empower Radio. From the notes to the podcast “Things have got to change!” How many times have you heard that phrase?  Well, the world and humanity are changing. As we awaken and become conscious citizens, how can we co-create innovative change,… Continue reading

Community Land Trusts in a Nutshell

Goofy but informative video about Community Land Trusts produced by CLT Associates. If you want a more in-depth look at their history and possibilities don’t miss our Community Land Trusts, Urban Land Reform and the Commons special report, authored by Pat Conaty and Mike Lewis. From the notes to the video CLTs (Community Land Trusts)… Continue reading

100 women who are co-creating the P2P society: Susana Martín Belmonte on de-commodification and abundance

As part of our series on the 100 Women Who Are Co-Creating the P2P Society, I interviewed Spanish economist Susana Martín Belmonte on her work on monetary reform, commons-oriented P2P systems and future economies. Susana, tell us about your background, how did you end up being an activist working on financial reform and P2P/Commons Dynamics? After becoming… Continue reading