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This special section is dedicated to documenting a upcoming conference to be held in Berlin on May 22-24, 2014, on Commons-Oriented Economics [1].

  1. Resilience: Strengthening Our Capacity to Adapt
  2. Reclaiming the Commons
  3. Reinventing Democracy
  4. Constructing a Social Solidarity Economy
  5. Pricing As If People and the Planet Mattered


Context

On May 22-24, 2013, in Berlin, the Commons Strategies Group co-organized the Economics of the Commons Conference, focusing on commons-oriented economics, with the support of the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation.

See: Overview of the Economics of the Commons Conference. To give you an idea of what type of people may or should attend, see our draft list of Commons-Oriented Economists.

A useful warning from Marco Berlinguer:

"A commons approach to economy implies a redefinition of what is economy, what is value and a radical re-discussion about the measures (and the structures of power) which are embedded in the capitalistic money codes. And therefore economists as such aren't sufficient to cover all the implications."


In preparation, three continental workshops were held in the autumn period of 2012, you can find information on those exchanges here:

  1. Asia Commons Deep Dive
  2. Europe Commons Deep Dive
  3. Latin America Commons Deep Dive

Important Pages

Documentation:

  1. ABC of Commons Economics: material by topic, a dictionary for commons-oriented economics
  2. Articles on Commons Economics
  3. Books on Commons Economics
  4. Cases in Commons Economics
  5. Discussions on Commons Economics: a collection of more informal material
  6. Events on Commons Economics: seminars, conferences, etc ..
  7. Videos on Commons Economics
  8. Audio Podcasts on Commons Economics


A proposed institutional framework for the Commons at different levels of scale

  1. Six Modules for the Institutions of the Global Commons‎‎
  2. Three Institutional Spheres of Commoning‎

Discussion

Roberto Verzola:

"Let me go back to a common phrase "working in harmony with nature".

I will now extend it a little bit: "working in harmony with the nature of nature".

I will further modify that as follows: "working in harmony with the nature of things", where "nature" is one of those "things", the other being "non-living material goods", and the third being "non-material goods".


- "working in harmony with the nature of living goods"

- "working in harmony with the nature of non-living material goods"

- "working in harmony with the nature of non-material goods"


- "production methods in harmony with the nature of living goods"

- "production methods in harmony with the nature of non-living materials goods"

- "production methods in harmony with the nature of non-material goods"


- "modes of sharing in harmony with the nature of living goods"

- "modes of sharing in harmony with the nature of non-living materials goods"

- "modes of sharing in harmony with the nature of non-material goods"


- "forms of ownership, control and access in harmony with the nature of living goods"

- "forms of ownership, control and access in harmony with the nature of non-living material goods"

- "forms of ownership, control and access in harmony with the nature of non-material goods"

Because living goods (agriculture) are qualitatively different from non-living material goods (industry), which are in turn different from non-materal goods (information), we can expect differences to show up also in the production methods, modes of sharing, and forms of ownership, control and access.

We ignore these differences at our own risk. Today the most common problem is the misapplication of the industrial paradigm in agriculture (mechanization; the whole agrochemical industry; genetic engineering) as well as its misapplication in the information sector (products of intellectual work as private property). But it may be equally disastrous to misapply policies for non-rivalrous goods to rivalrous goods. I think this was a factor in the collapse of the Eastern bloc." (adapted from Commoning mailing list, January 2011)


Citations

The historical pivot for the P2P Mode of Production

"We’re seeing something that is historically shocking—the reduction to zero of the cost of an especially valuable part of capital, which materializes directly knowledge (free software, free designs, etc.). And above all we see, almost day by day, how the optimum size of production, sector by sector, approaches or reaches the community dimension.

The possibility for the real community, the one based on interpersonal relationships and affections, to be an efficient productive unit is something radically new, and its potential to empower is far from having been developed. This means that we are lucky enough to live in a historical moment when it would seem that the whole history of technology, with all its social and political challenges, has coalesced to put us within reach of the possibility of developing ourselves in a new way and contributing autonomy to our community.

Today we have an opportunity that previous generations did not: to transform production into something done, and enjoyed, among peers. We can make work a time that is not walled off from life itself, which capitalism revealingly calls “time off.” That’s the ultimate meaning of producing in common today. That’s the immediate course of every emancipatory action. The starting point."

- David de Ugarte [2]


Key Resources

Visualizations

Ultimate Political Economy

Source: http://steadystate.org/an-economics-fit-for-purpose-in-a-finite-world/?

Ultimate Political Economy


The Commons Economy as the evolutionary step ?

From the Presencing Institute:

http://p2pfoundation.net/images/Economic-evolution.png.jpeg

Economic-evolution.png.jpeg


From encommuns.org: Graph, part of Table for the Analysis of Commons Projects

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Key Articles

See: Articles on Commons Economics


Labour as a Commons


Money as a Commons

More:

  1. What's Wrong with the Current Monetary System, by Mark Joob. Excellent summary in 10 points.
  2. Stefan Meretz on Demonetization
  3. Open Money as a Commons: Blogtalkradio conversation with Michael Linton and Ernie Yacub.

Key Books

See: Books on Commons Economics

  • The Resilience Imperative. Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-state Economy. by Michael Lewis & Pat Conaty: Reclaiming the Commons is one of the five framing elements that make up the spine of the book. The others – resilience, economic democracy, the social solidarity economy and pricing externalities.
  • Report: Value in the Commons Economy: Developments in Open and Contributory Value Accounting. By Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros. Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2016. [3]

Key Policies

Jose Ramos: Policies for a Transnational Commons Economy


Key Projects

  • Encommuns.org in Lille, France

Key Reports

  • Value in the Commons Economy: Developments in Open and Contributory Value Accounting. By Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros. Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2016. [5]
  • * Report: Re-imagining Value: Insights from the Care Economy, Commons, Cyberspace and Nature. By David Bollier. Commons Strategies Group in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation and David Graeber. March 2017.

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Key Videos

Directory of Commons-Oriented Economists

To Do List:

Hazel Henderson ; Kevin Carson, Enrico Grazzini; Alanna Harzok; Tommaso Fattori ; Denis Postle ; Riane Eisler ; Herman Daly

Adelheid Biesecker ; Maristella Svampa, Argentina ; Magdalena Leon, Ecuador ; Achille Bembe [7]; pavan sukhdev

Suggested by David Bollier: Tim Jackson, Bernard Lietaer, Jim Boyce, Josh Farley -- and not just economics-minded commoners like Wolfgang Hoeschele, Brett Frischmann; Jerry Michalski, Jem Bendell

First list of confirmations to conference: Allan Butcher, Sophie Anita Ball, Daniel Dahm (I plied to him already), Zofia Lapniewska, Margrit Kennedy, Kevin Hansen, Richard Rosen, Marvin Brown, Egardo Lander, Bernardo Gutierrez, Smari McCarthy, Wolfgang Hoeschele, Orsan Senalp, Jorge Machado

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