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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

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

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

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

    David Bollier