The Commons is a documentary film about communities all over the world re-asserting sustainable, responsible futures using ancient Commons principles. The Commons are the shared resources of the world, owned by all, not just a few. The Commons are an ancient-new open-source code around the sharing of resources.
Five years in the making, we listened as 49 communities in the Americas, Europe and south Asia told us what has made their Commons work over the centuries. In the face of commodification and privatization, when everything seems to have a dollar value, Commoners are now saying, we’re taking a new path forward…
Community is the ‘unit of action.’ Commons live through their communities: more effectiveness, larger projects, more money, more wisdom, more legal standing, and more durability over time. While filming The Commons, it became clear: people often speak as a member
Commons Education: Global Commons Initiative Educating people about the Commons, is especially important. Professor Leo Burke, Director of the Global Commons Initiative at the University of Notre Dame Medoza College of Business., directs one of the important North American efforts
The Commons is a documentary film about communities re-asserting sustainable futures using consensus, equity and shared resources – ancient Commons principles. Making the film, we found a re-awakening in progress. Tired of waiting for government, many Commoners were already taking
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Whether the twenty-first century will be the most radical of times or the most reactionary … will depend overwhelmingly upon the kind of social movement and program that social radicals create out of the theoretical, organizational, and political wealth that has accumulated during the past two centuries… The direction we select … may well determine... Continue reading →
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Originally published on medium.com Post-Truth: Matters of Fact and Matters of Concern—An Internet of Thinking Together (Global Digest, Seoul) John Thang (JT) Global Digest: Let’s go with your background and work, first. Tell about your work in Asia, 10 years right? Layne Hartsell (LH): Yes, and you and I have known each other for about... Continue reading →
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Charles Heckscher is a great scholar on the evolution of forms of cooperation within business entities, and on collective action with the labor movement. In this brilliant overview, that starts with historical forms, he outlines the new forms of solida...