Protecting and enhancing commons: The commons as a common ground for the 'forces for good'.
This post may be slightly less practical than required. I am not sure where it would have fit better though. Protecting and Enhancing the Commons [in its multiple manifestations] is the 'promise' I find the most relevant to what I am trying to convey and do...
We are it seems in a very interesting time where many forces of different nature are converging towards creating a world where each and all of us can thrive. I am very interested in the ways we can find to channel these forces so they can be multiplied and accelerated. In particular I believe that the notion of commons, as the assets that we inherit or that we create and leave for the generations that follow can be a common ground, the 'object(s)' around which we can build our 'oneness', our unity in diversity. Focusing together on preserving, creating, nurturing and replenishing the array of diverse assets material or immaterial that are both at the basis and an outcome of our livelihood can bring some tangibility to a somewhat fragmented activist discourse and could be something that policy makers could put their hands around, in particular as far as engaging civil society is concerned.
I am currently working to establish a map of the various 'trends' or 'movements' or 'socio-semantic elements' that can be related to the commons in order to give some materiality to a multifaceted and fuzzy overarching purpose, to develop relevant narratives and to build bridges between the various parts... I am doing this in collaboration with the School of Commoning in London which has just completed a series of twelve seminars by James Quilligan on the Emergence of a Commons-based Economy, with conveners such as the NEF, the Finance Innovation Lab, the Civil Society Forum, the Insitutute for Public Policy Research. I attended several of these and noted a strong interest for the commons and a need for clarifying how the commons can be incorporated in a variety of discourses to enhance collaboration, sustainability and value for communities as well as a need to find common grounds for disparate movements to be able to work with each other. I would be glad to develop this work further with the Edgeryder community and to help bring the commons forward in Strasbourg in June.
I would be interested, in relation to this particular mission, if you could share your view of how a specific initiative, trend, or movement can be related to the commons.
For example, Lynne in a direct message she sent me linked commons to consciousness and evolution: "Commons, as we're all linked together, we're all responsible for everything. Commons should be at the core of many things, not just the economic model. My interest in consciousness makes me believe that Commons (interpreted as 'Oneness') would allow to align society on the blueprint of evolution, and therefore would bring more balance in this world." This is an angle different from that of a shared economy or circular economy, or ecologic preservation, or open data. Many angles, perspectives, points of entry coexist with overlaps and adjacencies, and this is what I would like to capture in a non assimilating and totalizing way.
Here are a couple of articles I wrote relevant to the commons and various transformational initiatives:
Looking forward to our conversations,