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Can Commons Thinking Break into the European Mainstream?

June 8 2017-  Blog by David Bollier on our new paper on EU & the Commons Can Commons Thinking Break into the European Mainstream?

Posted in democracy, Europe, knowledge commons, Urban Commons

News: Commons Network Releases Urgent Call To Europe

Berlin/Brussels 24 May, 2017.  Commons Network releases its new policy paper for Europe today. It is an urgent plea to Europe and a call to arms for all activists and Europeans. ‘Supporting the Commons: Opportunities in the EU Policy Landscape’ is an appeal

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Posted in democracy, Europe, IP, knowledge commons, Urban Commons

New Release: Using a Commons Approach to Tell the New European Story

Berlin, May 21 2017. European Alternatives, the civil society network that works tirelessly to build new narratives for the Europe of the future, just released its new book: Shifting Baselines of Europe, New Perspectives beyond Neoliberalism and Nationalism. Commons Network co-director

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Posted in Europe

Responses to EU Horizon 2020 and IMI Consultations

12 March 2017. Commons Network responded to the European Commission Public stakeholder consultation on the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 as well as to the public stakeholder consultation on the Innovative Medicines Initiative. In both cases we focus on the need for

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Posted in Health, IP, knowledge commons, Medicine

The doctors’ voice in the European medicines debate

On March 27 and 28, the Commons Network will co-host a brainstorming-strategy meeting and a public event at the European Parliament (Brussels). We are organising this event together with MEP Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, DK) and the European Public Health Alliance

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Posted in Europe, Health, IP, Medicine

Energy as a common good

February 22- 2017 Locally designed and owned energy systems can provide several comparative advantages in Europe and beyond: it favors the access to energy for all (“the right to energy”) and inclusiveness, it fosters energy efficiency and saving (by not

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Public Return for Public Spending – Horizon 2020

Press Release                                                          Thursday 2 February, 2017  European Public Health Advocates demand greater Public

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Posted in Europe, Health, IP, Medicine

Dispatches from the European Commons Assembly

February 1st 2017 Watch: Three days in Brussels Read: Stories on ECA         Many people are engaged in commons-based alternative practices as part of the struggle for ecological, social and cultural transition within their communities. In these fields,

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Posted in democracy, Europe

How the Commons can Revitalise Europe

The commons is an emerging paradigm in Europe embracing co-creation, stewardship, and social and ecological sustainability. Commons perspectives could help to reinvigorate Europe with constructive and concrete policy implications on many terrains. However, much of the current dominant narrative of

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe, knowledge commons

Commons Network at energy conference “Future without the NAM”

Our Energy fellow Cecile Blanchet participated on Saturday 7 January  to  “a future without the NAM“in the Netherlands. The focus was on the potential remunicipalization of the gas utility (the NAM), which is exploiting the huge gas field under the province of

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