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Conference: Bottom-up Citizens Movements and Urban Commons

Commons Network director Sophie Bloemen will host a workshop on urban commons on Saturday (September 23rd) as part of the Euler Conference in Berlin. The workshop asks: is urban commons a buzz word, a real alternative or a utopian wish?

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

Will You Join Us In Madrid?

  The next European Commons Assembly will be in Madrid in October. And you can still be a part of it: Click here to join.  In cooperation with the Transeuropa Festival and MediaLab Prado, the assembly features 4 days of

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

EU “copyright reform” threatens freedom of information, open access and open science

In early October, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee will vote on the Digital Single Market copyright legislation. Here we would like to express our alarm at the direction EU copyright legislation is taking. We are profoundly concerned that a

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons

For Peace, People and Planet.

July 2017.  For Peace, People and Planet: A civil Society Perspective on the next EU Research Framework Programme (FP9).  Ensuring investments address pressing social & environmental challenges. The research that is prioritised and funded today will have a decisive impact on

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Posted in democracy, Energy, Europe, Health, IP, knowledge commons, Medicine

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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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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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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  • “The biggest ‘tragedy of the commons’ is the misconception that commons are failures”

    David Bollier