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Urgent action for water as commons in Lagos

By on March 6, 2017

We recently received this message from Birgit Dalbert on behalf of Shayda Naficy and the citizens of Lagos, who logically wish to keep self-governing and distributing their water supply: Shayda Naficy: Dear friends and allies: I am writing today to ask you to urgently add your organization’s name to a sign-on letter we are circulating... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: Water Beyond the State

By on February 7, 2017

By Marcela Olivera: Autonomy and horizontality are distinct characteristics of traditional forms of organization in Bolivia. They support an everyday, practical, tangible understanding of what “public” means as well as how to shape a participatory democracy that can exist even without the state and the government. The water committees in the south of Cochabamba, Bolivia’s fourth-largest... Continue reading

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It Belongs to Everyone

By on March 12, 2016

We share so very much…but who does it really belong to?   The many efforts of groups around the world are converging for justice, peace, the end of poverty, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and the restoration of

Twelve Benefits of a Commons-Focused Approach – #Commons

By on March 12, 2016

Mhere are many benefits from re-looking at difficult, immovable situations from the ancient perspective of the Commons By Kevin Hansen Originally published June 2011; updated March 2016 During the process of filming the documentary The Commons, it has become clear that

Community By Design: Lawrence New Jersey Designs its Future

By on October 15, 2015

My friend and alter ego Pierre presents the great ‘Sustainable Lawrence’  community design event in 2006. The late Ralph Copleman was one of the leaders of the event.   The community used a ‘Future Search’ format that engaged many people: