Dorn Cox: In 2011, a community of farmers, designers, developers, engineers, architects, roboticists and open source thinkers came together in Boston, Massachusetts, to explore a simple yet radical idea – that great improvements in agriculture could be achieved by reducing barriers to knowledge exchange. They were convinced that transforming agricultural technology into a commons would... Continue reading →
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Larry Harvey: Burning Man is a self-organized week-long gathering of more than 60,000 anarchists, technologists, artists, urban designers and other creative people that has convened in the desolate Nevada desert since 1995. It is notable for its massive and daring artworks, flamboyant performances and radical self-expression, and for its influence on many “real world” activities... Continue reading →
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David Bollier: Nearly everyone knows AS220 as one of the most happening places in Providence, Rhode Island. The “AS” stands for “Artists’ Space”; 220 was the initial address of the distressed building that it originally occupied in 1985. AS220 is now an incredibly vital cultural commons that offers everything: rehearsal spaces, poetry slams, live music... Continue reading →
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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 →
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Salvatore Iaconesi: Since their beginnings, digital arts have provided great impetus to the commons, driven in part by their irreverent resistance to the ideas of copyright and of intellectual property. Arts criticize existing codes of politics and culture – through surrealism, irony and other means – creating new imaginary orders. On the one hand they sense... Continue reading →