International Commons Conference - 2010

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The first International Commons Conference, co-organized by the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the Commons Strategies Group, took place in Berlin November 1 and 2, 2010.

In this Wiki, we are collecting ongoing working documents and information about participants, sessions, thoughts and results.

Other general material:

  • subpages of this page that facilitate documentation and discussion:


Basic Documents

Press Coverage

  • Richard Poynder has done a profile with extended interview with Silke Helfrich on her understanding of the commons and the purpose of the conference, via


In English:

In German:

In Portuguese:

In Spanish:

Videotaped Presentations

All videos are presented via this consolidated link at

  1. Roberto Verzola and Stefan Meretz on the Generative Logic of the Commons‎
  2. Multilateralism 2.0‎;
  3. Philippe Aigrain on the Commons as a Challenge for Classic Economic Patterns‎
  4. Michel Bauwens: an Overview of the Commons as Transformation Paradigm‎;
  5. Ruth Meinzen-Dick: an Overview of the Commons as Transformation Paradigm‎

In other languages:

  1. Alberto Acosta presenta una ponencia sobre el ITT. Parte 1
  2. Alberto Acosta presenta una ponencia sobre el ITT. Parte 2

The Remix the Commons Video Series

  1. Silke Helfrich on Framing the Commons
  2. David Bollier on Framing the Commons

Post-post Conference Updates

Italian-language translations

  • Scarsità ed abbondanza: Abbondanza di cibo contro abbondanza di ricette. di Brian Davey – 17 novembre 2010. Contributo di Brian Davey di Feasta, in risposta alla tensione al Congresso di Berlino sui Commons tra Abbondanza e Scarsità, sottotitoli di Franz Nahrada.
  • Scarsità ed abbondanza II (dibattito). Dibattito sul testo “Abbondanza di cibo contro abbondanza di ricette”, con commenti di Michel Bauwens, Franz Nahrada e Wofgang Hoeschele al documento di Brian Davey del 17 novembre 2010. Michel Bauwens: Come l’abbondanza immateriale può assistere un’economia stabile

Policy Proposals by Topic

Introduction and Generalities


  1. Developing the Meta Services for the Eco-Social Economy, draft proposed by Feasta writers, Ireland/UK
  2. Framework for Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Commons-based Initiatives, George Por, Community Intelligence
  3. Infrastructural Commons for Sustainability, edited by Emer O'Siochru and David Korowitz. EENGO Submission to the (Irish) National Sustainable Development Strategy. Final Report January 2008.
  4. Securing the Commons. By Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Esther Mwangi, and Stephan Dohrn. CAPRi Policy Brief 4. [3]
  5. Giovanna Ricoveri: Commons vs Commodities. Paper by Giovanna Ricoveri for the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), “Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future” 10-14 Jan. 2011, Hyderabad, India.
  6. Hazel Henderson, Defending the Global Commons

On the Economy of the Commons:

Topics and Policy Domains

Commons Governance

  • The Commons Law Project (CLP), dedicated to reinventing the law and governance of the ecological commons and thereby operationalize the human right to a clean, healthy, ecologically balanced, and sustainable environment. A project by Burns Weston and David Bollier

Cultural Commons

In Brazil:


  • Krikorian G. (2009), The politics of patents: conditions of implementation of public health policy in Thailand. In S. Haunss and K. C. Shadlen (éd.), The Politics of Intellectual Property: Contestation over the Ownership, Use, and Control of Knowledge and Information (Edward Elgar, UK), 29-55.
  • Krikorian G. (2009), New trends in IP protection and health issues in FTA negotiations. In B. Coriat (éd.), The Political Economy of HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries. TRIPS, Public Health Systems and Free Access (Edward Elgar, UK) 52-77.
  • Krikorian G. & Szymkowiak D. (2007), Intellectual property rights in the making: the evolution of intellectual property. Provisions in US free trade agreements and access to medicine. The journal of world intellectual property, 10 (5), 388-418.

Earth and Climate Commons

  1. Cap and Share: A Fair Way to Cut Greenhouse Emissions [5], written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK.
  2. Global Climate Trust, written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  3. The Viable Systems Model and Climate Governance; written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  4. Against Ecological and Information Enclosures : Towards a Convergence of “Commons”. A Note on a Workshop in New Delhi, December 13 2007’. Jai Sen (Cacim 2008) [6]
  5. “Cllimate Change and Intergenerational Justice: Foundational Reflections,” 9 Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 375 (2009). Burns Weston

Currency or Monetary Commons

  1. Liquidity Network [7]: Mutual credit commons written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  2. Intervention by Margrit Kennedy, Ludwig Schuster: Sustainable Financial Markets as a Global Commons
  3. Stefan Meretz on the question of transition and the role of open money:
  4. Podcast interview with Thomas H. Greco, Jr. on the Credit Commons [8]
  5. Text: Transforming Finance Group's Call Recognizes Finance as a Global Commons
  6. Ongoing research: Dyndy on the website

Infrastructure Commons

  1. Developing the Meta Services for the Eco-Social Economy, draft written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  2. Applying abundance to cities,, by Wolfgang Hoeschele

Land, Food and Water Commons

  1. Food and Water Watch, USA, represented by Maude Barlow
  2. Land Value Tax, written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  3. Biting the Bullet: How to Secure Access to Drylands Resources for Multiple Users. By Esther Mwangi and Stephan Dohrn. CAPRi Working Paper 47. [9]

CCRI website has links to the IASC conference and the 8 National Seminars,

  1. with 8th seminar on Common Land,
  2. the 'heritage and landscape' category, e.g.


  1. Jean Pierre Leroy's chapter about territorial management by Amazonian communities, in the book Genes, Bytes and Emissions [10] in Spanish


  1. the Commons Act 2006. Text of the law is at
  2. legal aspects of common land approach in the UK at DEFRA:
  3. Useful summary on common land in England and Wales: see
  4. Examples of local councils: the Federation to Cumbria Commoners and the Dartmoor Commons Council.
  5. OSS (Open Spaces Society) either:

(Commons-based) Taxation

  1. Land Value Tax, written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK (video

Knowledge/Science Commons

  • Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities [11]
  • Berlin 8 Open Access Conference [12]
  • Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Research" [13]
  • Workshop on Knowledge commons in the World Forum Science and Democracy
Videos of the workshop
Valérie Peugeot VECAM France
Amit Sengupta, AIPSN, Inde
Pablo Ortellado GPOPAI, Universidade Saõ Paulo
James Love Knowledge Ecology International
Pascale de Robert, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France & Amazonie
Viviana Muñoz Tellez, The South Centre
Discussion - Reactions of the panélistes
  • SCIENCES ET DÉMOCRATIE : La leçon du Tapajos video

In Brazil:

Conference Documentation

see header of this page

General Documentation

Peer to Peer Urbanism

From Dr. Nikos Salingaros of the Gruppo Salingaros:



  1. Emer O'Siochru on Reclaiming the Commons [14] : addresses destruction of 'the commons' - the vital but undefined resources that sustain life and civilisation that are under threat form the current system. It offered ideas about how they can be redefined, given legal protection within the market economy
  2. Dan Sullivan on the Land Value Tax as a Community Development Tool