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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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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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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

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

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

Commons Network Co-Host of PeerValue Conference

Peer Value: Advancing the Commons Collaborative Economy is a conference integrating conversations and plans of action for shaping and connecting the Commons on a global level. The conference is organized along three tracks*: Track 1: P2P: Inclusive Politics, Activism and

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

Why Does Community Energy Matter?

Community energy: a commons approach.  Nr. 1 of  a series of posts on renewable community energy by Commons Network fellow Cecile Blanchet. If the need for more renewable energy* or more democracy seems pretty obvious to most of us, the need for more (citizen) ownership is

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Roundtable: Why the EU needs Knowledge Commons

On June 1st, hosted by Isabella Adinolfi in cooperation with Commons Network, civil society considers Internet, copyright, health and climate in EU knowledge policy from a commons perspective.”.  From 11.30 – 13.00 at the Altiero Spinelli Building – Seven floor

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Posted in Climate, Data, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

A Commons Approach to European Knowledge Policy

How can we address the high prices of medicines that are straining health budgets? How can openly sharing green knowledge help an agreement at the climate change talks in Paris this year? How could TTIP further privatize knowledge and what

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