Barcelona en Comú’s Guide to Urban Revolution Stresses Shared Priorities over Party Politics

Mortgage activist and Barcelona en Comú spokeswoman Ada Colau won the city’s 2015 mayoral election. (Barcelona en Comú / Flickr) Anna Bergren Miller: When mortgage activist Ada Colau prevailed in Barcelona’s May 2015 mayoral elections, she made headlines worldwide as a double first. The first woman to achieve the city’s highest office, Colau had, moreover,… Continue reading

Panarchy 101: 7 Crucial Lenses

Reposted from: Panarchy 101: 7 Crucial Lenses by Paul B. Hartzog The following are the key “lenses” through which I view and discuss the ongoing transformation to panarchy. Each of these lenses provide crucial understandings and insights into facets of panarchy, but panarchy itself emerges only as a result of the interactions between all of… Continue reading

New Anthology Probes Theory and Practice of Urban Commoning

Anna Bergren Miller: The City as Commons is an important new resource for urban commons activists. (Graphic by Scott Boylston) The cover of The City as Commons: A Policy Reader, published recently by Melbourne, Australia’s Commons Transition Coalition, features a repeated pattern of overlapping spirals and circular clusters of node-and-line shapes. The graphic, explains designer Scott Boylston… Continue reading

Transition Design as Holistic Science in Action

A former MSc student’s personal reflections on the Transition Design Symposium The Transition Design Symposium at Dartington Hall was a resounding success. A wonderfully diverse group of practitioners, academics and cultural creatives gathered at Dartington, from June 17th to 19th, to explore the role of design in the societal transition towards sustainability and beyond. Terry… Continue reading

Transnational Republics of Commoning 3: Re-imagining the Polity for a Networked Humanity

This is the third and final installment from my essay, “Transnational Republics of Commoning: Reinventing Governance through Emergent Networks,” published by Friends of the Earth UK. The full essay can be downloaded as a pdf file here. III. Re-imagining the Polity for a Networked Humanity However promising the new forms of open source governance outlined… Continue reading

Re-inventing Democracy: Understanding the Origins of Liquid Democracy, an Interview with Rüdiger Weis

To understand how Liquid Democracy emerged, one has to understand both history and geography, as well as the interplay of ideas and culture. This interview with Rüdiger Weis, a professor of computer science at the Beuth Hochschule University of Applied Sciences, provides a good starting point for understanding the cultural and political context from which… Continue reading

Re-Imagine The Future

When faced with the massive crises of our time, the most logical response is paralysis.  What can an individual possibly do about something so massive and complex? But what if people could manage to imagine changes that matter within their own lives, and then to grow and federate them? My colleague Anna Grear, a law… Continue reading

Team Human 1: Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey on Debt Resistance   Joining team human are debt resisters Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey. Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, activist, and musician. Her films include the documentaries Zizek! and the Examined Life. Taylor’s recent book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age takes a hard look at the persisting and embedded… Continue reading