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Heather Ford – The future of the commons [Wikimedia 2008 notes]

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Traditional approaches to solving global problems:



At the moment, traditional approaches to solving complex world problems, are incapable.


We new solutions, new approaches and new forum to solve global challenges. We need to translate what we learned from the commons, where amazing collaboration happens. It’s not perfect but it’s still very amazing.


What is the commons?

The commons was a concept that was developed in 18th Century which looks at physical piece of land that the community used as a common propriety, and could be used by the community together as the community members wished. The commons source is in physical properties.

David Bollier: “A commons arises whenever a given community decides that it wishes to manage a resources in a collaborative mannger, with a special regard for equitable access, use and sustainability. It is a social form that has long lived in the shadows of our market culture, but which is now on the rise.”


Features of commons:


  • Self organising;
  • Organic;
  • Decisions by rough consensus;
  • Willing participants;
  • Open architecture makes wide-scale participation easy;


Who makes up the global commons movement?

The global commons movement consists of:





  • Distance between the commons experts, and civil society and business;
  • Distance between the problems that are being solved;
  • Distance between those who propagate technological vs. Infrastructure, ‘legal vs. Illegal’ solutions.


We need a global network of actors with a shared vision to come together from different sectors to address global challenges together.


iSummit – summit about commons issue.


The future of the commons will be in wheather we can translate what we have learned to solve real global problems.

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