Commons: The constitution of society beyond market and state

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We live in a time when markets fail and traditional political institutions are incapable of solving pressing issues of social and ecological transformation.

This is where the international Commons movement comes in. Renowned pioneers of this movement call for a paradigm shift to overcome the limitations of state and market.

Commons, self-organized collaborative systems for the management of resources, natural, urban, knowledge and information, can provide fairer, more democratic, and ecologically responsible alternatives for our lives.

Noted Italian legal scholar Stefano Rodotà of the University of Rome who ran in the recent presidential elections discusses the interfaces of Commons, human rights and democracy. He considers the Commons as the basis of a sustainable / alternative legal framework, locally and nationally.

Maristella Svampa, a leading Argentine sociologist having researched the devastating effects of extractive industries in Latin America, will explain her vision for economic and human development beyond market fundamentalism and (neo-) Extractivism.

Silke Helfrich and David Bollier of the Commons Strategies Group, an initiative to strengthen discourse on the Commons, will talk about the growing public interest in the Commons, and describe the challenges of the Commons movement at the center of this new mode of production and organization.


16:00 Registration

16:30 Opening and video presentation: Remix the Commons

Introduction Barbara Unmüßig, Chief Heinrich Böll Foundation

16:45 Lecture: “Constituting the Commons in the Context of State, Law and Politics”

Stefano Rodotà (Italy), Professor of Law at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Lecture: “Beyond Development Commons: The Strategic Value of the Commons as a paradigm

Shift “Maristella Svampa (Argentina)

18:00 Panel Discussion

18:30 Break with refreshments

19:00 Lecture: “What Do We Mean by Economics and the Commons?”

Silke Helfrich (Germany) / David Bollier, Commons Strategies Group

19:30 Final discussion with David Bollier, Michel Bauwens and Silke Helfrich

With the speaker / inside:

Stefano Rodotà, Italy

Maristella Svampa, Argentina

Barbara Unmüßig, Germany

David Bollier, USA

Silke Helfrich, Germany

Michel Bauwens, Belgium / Thailand

Presented by:

Armin Medosch, freelance journalist, Austria


English with simultaneous translation into German and Spanish

Organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Commons Strategies Group in collaboration with Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le progrès de l’Homme, Remix the Commons.

Important note:

The evening is also the opening program of the International Labour Conference “Economics and the Commons. From Seed to form core paradigm “(ECC2013), the. Of 23-24 May at will. This work and Network Conference will be conducted as a closed event and is already fully booked.

Admission and Registration:

At the end of the evening we would like to invite you to a small reception.

Please register by May 20th.

Admission is free.


Simone Zühr, Unit International Politics

[email protected] email, phone 030/28534-317

Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin

Event location
Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin
10117 Berlin, Schumannstr. 8
With the S-Bahn or U-Bahn to Friedrichstrasse station. Then Albert Street, Reinhardtstraße output cross over the river Spree and turn left into the road Schumann.


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