Date archives "May 2013"

Networking for the Emancipation of Labour

A report of the Networked Labour conference, by (co-)organizer Orsan Senalp: “Supported by transform! europe, Transnational Institute, Networked Politics and IGOPNet, an international seminar on Networked Labour was held in Amsterdam from 7 to 9 May. Around 25 activists, practitioners, researchers and theorists from various networks , organisations and backgrounds came together to contribute to… Continue reading

Commons case studies: the Guassa-Menz community conservation area in Ethiopia

Recommended by Dr. Andreas Weber: The Guassa-Menz community conservation area (Ethiopia)is a 400 year+ old grazing commons which helps protecting the world’s most endangered carnivore (Ethiopian Wolf, Canis simensis) in the Ethiopian Highlands. They write: “The Guassa area is managed by the Menz community as a common property resource area that can be used for… Continue reading

The spiritual gift as the basis for the counter-economy

Interesting article within the context of christian theology. Here is the first part which usefully distinguishes three modalities of exchange, how they are interconnected, and how the capital-nation-state can only be overcome if tackled together: Geoffrey Holsclaw: “But now the money changers no longer need to be driven from the Temple of God because they… Continue reading

An urbanism for the commons

P2P (peer-to-peer) Urbanism joins ideas from the open-source software movement together with new thinking by urbanists, into a discipline oriented towards satisfying human needs. P2P-Urbanism is concerned with cooperative and creative efforts to define space for people’s use. This essay explains P2P-Urbanism as the outcome of several historical processes, describes the cooperative participation schemes that… Continue reading

Resilience Thinking

This is a contribution from Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town movement, on the concept and practice of resilience. It appeared in the anthology, The Wealth of the Commons. (this is a version without notes) Resilience: the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change, so as to retain essentially… Continue reading