January 31st 2018:

  • Open Science for Health: shaping the New Framework Program. Transitioning to knowledge management and governance that benefits all.  Public meeting in the European Parliament, co organised with Health Action International (HAI) and hosted by MEPs Nessa Childers (S&D), Michele Rivasi (Greens) and Lola Sanchez (GUE).




  • Dutch Commons Assembly meet up in Amsterdam: De Meent –  April 1Commons Network will help to build the Dutch Commons Assembly! This first assembly will take place at the “Pakhuis de Zwijger” in Amsterdam. Program available here.



Discussing the commons in the Netherlands after the first European Commons Assembly, with a focus on the Energy, the City and Food. 

With Commons Network’s Sophie Bloemen, Thomas de Groot & Christiaan Fruneaux 

Organised Pakhuis De Zwijger, Commons Network and Metrum. 

Presentation of Cecile Blanchet on Energy as a commons and remunicipalization processes in Germany in the frame of the conference on the future of the NAM (the Dutch Gas and Oil company), now in the hands of Exxon and Shell. The presentation will be broadcasted on the Facebook page of the Transnational Institute from 13:30 onwards. More information here and here.


Three days of activities and shared reflection on how to protect and promote the commons. It will include an official session in the European Parliament, hosted by the Intergroup on Common Goods and Public Services, on November 16. 

For more information see:


Credit: Till Gentzsch European Alternatives


Amsterdam, September 2-3, 2016 

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 Law for the Commons
  • Track 2: Decentralized Tech and Beyond:Global Design,Local Production
  • Track 3: From Platform to Open Cooperativism

We will explore questions such as:

  • What are the conditions that encourage communities to work as peers, creating commons?
  • What are the best practices communities can adopt to safeguard their resilience?
  • Decentralization – why is it important, and how is it implemented and maintained?
  • How can the working methodologies honed by well-established digital communities act as transitional guidelines for sustainable “material” manufacturing?
  • What about social innovation and livelihoods – how does contributory and open accounting work with the systems of value creation found in CBPP?
  • How can civil society participate in recommending policy proposals that support CBPP for governments at the local, regional, national – even global – levels?

David Bollier & the City as a Commons – September 1st 

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

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 of the commons. In ‘Think like a commoner’, David Bollier presented his version of “the rich history and promising future of the commons”. In Amsterdam he shared with us his ideas on “an ageless paradigm of cooperation and fairness that is re-making our world.” Together with Christian Iaione (LabGov), David Hammerstein (Commons Network), Marleen Stikker (Waag Society) en Stan Majoor (HvA). 

 Why the EU needs Knowledge Commons

Roundtable, June 1st, Brussels. 

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Commons Advocacy Strategy meeting 18-20 2016 May France



Internet as a Commons: Public Space in the Digital Age  by Commons Network, the Green Group and the Heinrich Böll Foundation 

October 1st, 2015, Brussels.  

We explored the need for a comprehensive new narrative for the Internet. A narrative that frames Internet as a common good, accessible by all, and managed by a pluraliInternet-as-a-commonsty of actors in a way benefitting society at large. In other words: as a Commons.

Together with Aran Balkan, Julia Reda, Renata Avila, Michel ReimonYochai Benkler (on video) and many more, we explorer important questions about how we  choose to regulate or digital societies, how to ensure fair democratic participation, and how to avoid the commercialization of all aspects of our digital lives.

Event Videoaccessible here

Event Pictures: see here 


15:00 15:30-    Introduction

Opening statements by Michel Reimon (MEP) and Sophie Bloemen (Commons Network) and a video message from Yochai Benkler.

15:30 – 16:45    1st panel: Internet as a Commons: the Big Picture
What, if anything, in the current model of Internet Governance is clashing with a decentralized, democratic Internet? What should be the elements of a vision that embraces the Internet as public space for all to equitably use and exercise their democratic rights? And, what steps should be made by policymakers to foster the best environment for decentralized, community managed projects to grow? Panelists: Renata Avila (WebWeWant), Aral Balkan (
Respondents: Nicole Dewandre (DG CONNECT) Jennifer Baker (journalist at the Register)

Moderator: Max Andersson (MEP)

16:45  – 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 – 18:15  2nd panel. Decentralised infrastructure:  Examples
What examples of local and decentralized projects do we have today? Why are they desirable and what are the obstacles they face? Panelists:
Edmon Chung (,
Robbert Mica (Pager),
Olivier Schulbaum (Goteo)
Leandro Navarro (
Estelle Massé (Access Now)
Moderator: Julia Reda (MEP)

18:15 – 18:30 Conclusions and final remarks
Julia Reda



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