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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

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

Commons Network co-hosts ‘the City as a Commons’ at Pakhuis de Zwijger-Amsterdam

Amsterdam 1 September 2016- An evening on the rich history and promising future of the commons. How can we govern urban commons in co-creation? In search of a new democracy we are exploring new governance structures based upon the concept

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

Activist Campus in a Castle: Commons Network takes part

The campus of European Alternatives brought together 80 activists from different parts of Europe to exchange, reflect and strategise together on how to build transnational alternatives to politics as usual. This is a short video summing up the EA Campus

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Posted in 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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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

A Commons perspective on TTIP & Europe

July 7th European Parliament: Intervention Sophie Bloemen on TTIP, CETA & Commons – Committee meeting Intergroup on Public Services & Common Goods.  Although everyone here is obviously very aware of it, I cannot emphasize enough the deep crisis of the EU and

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Posted in democracy, Europe, IP, TTIP

TTIP & COMMONS – European Parliament

What does TTIP mean for the commons ? What can we say about TTIP from a commons perspective? Commons Network will speak on this in the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a meeting of the Parliamentary Group on Common Goods

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

Dutch propose evaluation of the IP system for medical innovation: Civil Society supports!

Civil Society urges Member States to defend the need for a critical review of the intellectual property system and incentives for medical innovation June 2nd 2016, BRUSSELS—The signing Civil Society organisations call on Member States to resist pressure from the pharmaceutical

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Posted in democracy, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

Le Temps des Communs in Paris: Urban Commons

  On October 10th Commons Network’s David Hammerstein talked about urban commons  at the festival ‘Temps des Communs’ in Paris. Here are some notes from his talk.   Some basic commons principles and some possible contradictions for considering the urban commons

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Posted in democracy, Urban Commons
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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau