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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

Art & Commons in times Digital Capitalism

    On July 2 Sophie Bloemen of Commons Network speaks at this Berlin event about arts, commons and self-organisation organised by SUPERMARKET. Welcome to the era of Digital Capitalism! The production of goods is no longer a priority. Instead,

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Posted in IP, Urban Commons

Constructing Urban Commons

The New Towers of De Keyser, Marieke Giele, TU Delft March 7.2016  On the 3rd and 4th of March I attended a conference at the Technical University in Delft called Constructing the Commons.   The conference looked at the role

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Posted in Urban 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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