Constructing a Commons-Based Policy Platform

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"The International Commons Conference, “Constructing a Commons-Based Policy Platform,” was held in Berlin, Germany, on November 1 and 2, 2010.

The event was being convened by the Heinrich Böll Foundation], a publicly financed non-profit organization affiliated with the German Greens, but working independently with various partners through its 25 worldwide offices.

The conference braught together a diverse group of about 150 international and Germany- and European-based commoners, intellectuals, activists and policy makers.

It also aimed to enhance participation and self-organization; stewardship, cooperation and networking; and open, non-linear ways to search for solutions.

Over the course of two days, the conference was designed to assess the range of existing and potential commons-based policy approaches; develop the fundamentals of a policy framework that supports the commons; and identify and explore specific strategic opportunities to advance commons-based approaches.

The conference announcement elaborates: “The simple yet powerful and complex question to be explored throughout the conference is: What does a commons-based policy framework look like? What already exists and what do we still need to develop to nurture and protect diverse sorts of commons?”

The conference language was English, with translations of English to Spanish and Spanish to English provided throughout the conference. For information, contact Silke Helfrich at [email protected]"

More Information

See documentation at Berlin Commons Conference and subpages