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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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Posted in Climate, Energy, Europe

Community energy meets the Sustainable Development Goals

Berlin, December 12. Nr. 3 of  a series of posts on renewable community energy by Commons Network fellow Cecile Blanchet. If the cooperative model is far from being a new one, it has been lately put in the spotlight as

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Posted in Climate, democracy, knowledge commons

Commoners hit the capital of Europe: Commons Assembly in Brussels

22 November 2016- In the wake of Trump´s shocking victory and in the midst of a deep EU crisis accelerated by Brexit many commons activists around Europe have reacted with a sense of “Don´t mourn, commonify!”.  The current economic order

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Posted in democracy, Europe

The European Commons Assembly Debuts in Brussels

Proposes new citizen-based institutions for revitalizing Europe and policy. On November 16, 2016 commoners from across Europe will gather in the European Parliament in Brussels to advocate with MEPs for commons-based policy and institution-building. The event is hosted by the Intergroup

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Posted in democracy, Europe, knowledge commons, Urban Commons

Report reveals danger of TTIP locking Europe & US into higher drug prices, failed pharma innovation model

Press Release | 3 October 2016 | Download Link AMSTERDAM—The European Union (EU) and the United States (US) risk being locked into higher drug prices and a failed model of pharmaceutical innovation during negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Health, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

On the rise: European Commons Assembly

Networking, unity and policy around the commons paradigm On September 26, a group of nonprofits, activists, and other civil society organizations jointly publish a “Call for a European Commons Assembly”. The collectively drafted document, which continues to garner signatures from groups

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Posted in democracy, Europe

Announcing: A European Commons Assembly

Our call  26 September 2016. Civic and community initiatives are working to vitalize our urban, rural, scientific and digital commons, and promoting a future guided by democratic participation, social equity and environmental sustainability. At the heart of these acts of

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Posted in democracy, Europe

Is (renewable) energy a common good?

Nr. 2 of  a series of posts on renewable community energy by Commons Network fellow Cecile Blanchet. How relocating energy in the commons helps scaling-up renewables & saving energy Is energy a mere commodity, or is it a common good?

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe

Letter to the EU Commission on pharmaceutical system review

Open letter to the European Commission on the follow-up of the June 2016 EU Council Conclusions on “Strengthening the Balance in the Pharmaceutical Systems in the EU and its Member States” On 17 June, 2016, all 28 European Union (EU)

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Health, Medicine

Thoughts from the Peer2value conference

  During two days at the beginning of September, the commons collided with renewable energy. Lots of very interesting exchanges and new ideas on energy cooperatives, barriers and enabling environments, storage and infrastructure. How to scale-up community energy? This was

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe, Urban Commons
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