Posts By: Commons Strategies Group

Commons Strategies Group

Patterns of Commoning: Commoning in Times of Disaster – The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

By on November 15, 2017

Kate Chapman: Just a few hours after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, a group of collaborators from the OpenStreetMap community began collecting all sorts of topographical data about the country – roads, towns, hospitals, government buildings. Within forty-eight hours high-resolution satellite imagery taken after the earthquake became available, and within a month... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: Goteo – Crowdfunding to Build New Commons

By on November 7, 2017

Enric Senabre Hidalgo: If there were to be a formula to describe Goteo, an online platform based in Barcelona with European and Latin American scope, it could be expressed simply: Hacktivism + crowdfunding + wide social collaboration = the building of new commons Each of these activities has always existed separately, of course, but it was... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: WIR Currency – Reinventing Social Exchange

By on October 31, 2017

James Stodder and Bernard Lietaer: The Swiss WIR (“We” in German) is the longest surviving social or community currency, sometimes called a complementary currency. (This last name reflects an ambition to supplement rather than replace a national currency.) WIR is not a physical currency per se, but a system of credits and debits. Once a... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: How the Bangla-Pesa Tapped the Value of an Informal Community

By on October 24, 2017

People usually don’t realize that money is an invention that works only because a community stands behind it, willing to use it in exchanges for goods and services. Most currencies are creatures of national governments that manage and back them. But what if a poorer community created its own currency to foster social exchange? That’s... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: Helsinki Timebank: Currency as a Commons

By on October 18, 2017

Jukka Peltokoski, Niklas Toivakainen, Tero Toivanen and Ruby van der Wekken: In October 2009, while expecting another futile climate summit in nearby Copenhagen, a small group of friends in the Kumpula neighborhood of Helsinki got together to discuss practical alternatives. Surely there was something that could be done by people themselves! The result of that... Continue reading

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