Commons as Non-Modern

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kathryn milun:

"I want to clarify some terms I’ll be using. When I say I understand the commons as a specifically non-modern social form,by non-modern I do not mean that commons came historically before the modern period. Rather, I mean that commons thinking contains expectations and ideas about humans and their relationship to the world that are significantly different than what we find inthe globally dominant forms of governance (the modern state) and economy (the modern market). Sometimes commons thinking and activism traces its roots to ancient social forms—indigenous practices that evolved to equitably share the wealth of a local forest; sometimes commons arise as a result of new technologies, like the internet that enables creative sharing. In either case, I’ll argue, the emergent commons movement is providing us with ideas about governance and property that are different than what we have seen with the modern state and market." (

Source: Commons as a Non-Modern Art of Governing in a Modern World

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  • Article / talk: Kathryn Milun – Commons: Non-modern Arts of Governing in a Modern World.