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== Exploration ==
 
== Exploration ==
Is this the right moment to launch a Commons Education Commons? Is it possible to build an open-source commons curriculum?  How could such a resources be developed in a way that allows for maximum self-organization, maximum participation, and maximum use?
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The Commons Education Commons is envisioned to have two primary branches: education and research.  In the domain of education we acknowledge the need for greater “commons literacy” around the world and the role that education can play in that process.  To date there are a variety of educational offerings that are having an impact. One example the online Introduction to the Global Commons course jointly developed by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the University of Notre Dame.  Launched in 2011, over two hundred people in over 70 countries have taken the course.  Another example is the School of Commoning’s lecture series in London featuring commons scholars James Quilligan, David Bollier, such thinkers/activists as Michel Bauwens and Silke Hlefrich, and commons educator Leo Burke.  From such beginnings can we develop an open-source commons education curriculum?  This will be one of the issues discussed in our side event.
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In the domain of research we appreciate the good work done by the academics congregating in the International Association for the Study of the Commons. For the commons movement to become a world-changing force, the IASC research needs to be coupled with action research aimed at increasing the collective consciousness and intelligence of the movement itself. There are numerous examples studying specific commons initiatives but there’s still little done to fill gap between them and the major issues of transition to a commons-based society. Can we fill that gap, by systemic mapping and analysis of the emergent trends, and reflecting back the patterns that connect them? The School of Commoning offers to be a platform for a learning conversation about that question. It has updated its tagline to “education and research for a commons culture & social renewal.”
  
 
== Date and Venue ==
 
== Date and Venue ==

Revision as of 00:34, 16 May 2013

Contact person for more info: George Por <[email protected]>.

Concept

Side-Event to Economics of the Commons Conference – From Seed Form to Core Paradigm” (ECC), for further information on ECC see: Overview_of_the_Economics_of_the_Commons_Conference

This Side-Event is co-hosted by the Global Commons Initiative at the University of Notre Dame (US) and the School of Commoning (UK).

The main objective of the meeting is to explore the interest in creating a global, open-source education consortium for commons educators, secondary school teachers, and university professors.

Background

For the last three years the Global Commons Initiative at Notre Dame has been offering courses on the commons to undergraduate students, as well as MBA and Executive MBA students. In addition, Notre Dame has partnered with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to offer an online, self-paced introduction to the commons. These educational products have a Creative Commons license.

The School of Commoning, based in London, has been a leader in commons-based education events and has built a valuable archive of key lectures by commons scholars such as James Quilligan and David Bollier. The School of Commoning website has a very informative blog, a broad collection of "commons education" videos on its YouTube channel, as well as a resource-rich "Knowledge Garden" with articles, a library, glossary, and other valuable tools.

Exploration

The Commons Education Commons is envisioned to have two primary branches: education and research. In the domain of education we acknowledge the need for greater “commons literacy” around the world and the role that education can play in that process. To date there are a variety of educational offerings that are having an impact. One example the online Introduction to the Global Commons course jointly developed by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the University of Notre Dame. Launched in 2011, over two hundred people in over 70 countries have taken the course. Another example is the School of Commoning’s lecture series in London featuring commons scholars James Quilligan, David Bollier, such thinkers/activists as Michel Bauwens and Silke Hlefrich, and commons educator Leo Burke. From such beginnings can we develop an open-source commons education curriculum? This will be one of the issues discussed in our side event.

In the domain of research we appreciate the good work done by the academics congregating in the International Association for the Study of the Commons. For the commons movement to become a world-changing force, the IASC research needs to be coupled with action research aimed at increasing the collective consciousness and intelligence of the movement itself. There are numerous examples studying specific commons initiatives but there’s still little done to fill gap between them and the major issues of transition to a commons-based society. Can we fill that gap, by systemic mapping and analysis of the emergent trends, and reflecting back the patterns that connect them? The School of Commoning offers to be a platform for a learning conversation about that question. It has updated its tagline to “education and research for a commons culture & social renewal.”

Date and Venue

  • 22 May from (13:00 to 16:30)
  • Venue in Berlin to be determined

Suggested Participants

  • Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation, Commons Strategies Group)
  • Marco Berlinguer (Escuela de los Commons, Barcelona)
  • Anna Betz (School of Commoning)
  • David Bollier (Commons Strategies Group)
  • Leo Burke (University of Notre Dame)
  • Rolf Carriere (Geneva)
  • Monique Chartrand (Ecole des Communes, Montreal)
  • Franco Iacomella (Buenos Aries)
  • Mayo Fuster Morell (Escuela de los Commons, Barcelona)
  • Ruben Martinez (Escuela de los Commons, Barcelona)
  • George Pór(School of Commoning)
  • Jagdeesh Rao (Foundation for Ecological Security)
  • Eva Ressel (Open Space facilitator, Berlin)
  • Mary-Beth Scheisslinger (School of Commoning)
  • Wouter Tebbens (Free Knowledge Institute, Escuela de los Commons)
  • Andrew Paterson (Pixelache, Helsinki)

More Information

Contact person for more info: George Por <[email protected]>.