The Commons as a Paradigm for Political Action

Am Dienstag, den 04.Dezember um 19.30 Uhr in der American Academy in Berlin, auch als livestream.

Ich kündige hier ja nur selten Veranstaltungen an, an denen ich mitwirke. Erstens sind es zu viele und zweitens: wen interessiert das? Aber diese hier liegt mir am Herzen. Sie ist von und für und mit meinem us-amerikanischen Kollegen und Freund David Bollier, der sich als Fellow der Academy seit Wochen in Deutschland aufhält.  Dennoch kommunizieren wir weiter per mail und skype, gesehen haben wir uns noch nicht, eben wegen der vielen Veranstaltungen, die mich in den letzten Wochen nicht in die Hauptstadt führten. Umso besser, dass wir am 04. Dezember diesen Auftritt gemeinsam bestreiten:

Aus der Ankündigung der American Academy in Berlin:

„We would like to invite you to an evening lecture on December 4, 7:30 pm, where the author, activist, and co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, Academy fellow David Bollier, will discuss „The Commons as a New/Old Paradigm of Governance, Policy and Political Action“ at the Academy’s Hans Arnhold Center. The evening will be moderated by Silke Helfrich and followed by a reception.

In his lecture, Bollier will explore …the increasing international interest in the current discourse of Commons as a paradigm of governance shared by an entire community. The appeal of the Commons stems both from an insightful critique of neoliberal economics and policy, as well as from its practical systems for managing value. Eschewing homo economicus, the standard economic model of human behavior, the Commons draws upon understandings of human action that also encompass our capacities for cooperation and collaboration. The result has been a recent explosion of innovative commons-based projects such as free and open source software, the re-localization of food, collaborative consumption, open-access publishing, and alternative currencies. This lecture concentrates on the global Commons movement as a federated, transnational movement of movements to overcome the limitations of centralized institutions and markets in favor of commons-based models. David A. Bollier aims to produce a strategy memorandum as a foundation for further discussion, planning, and action in the commons world.

To attend, please submit the enclosed form via fax, respond to this invite, or register online.

Eight Points of Reference for Commoning
The Commons, Short and Sweet

David A. Bollier is an author, activist, and blogger. The independent scholar co-founded the Commons Strategies Group, an international consulting project, and Public Knowledge, a Washington-based advocacy organization for the public stake in Internet, telecommunication, and copyright policy. Bollier has also been a rapporteur for the Aspen Institute’s Communications and Society Program for over twenty years. His publications include Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (The New Press, 2009); Brand Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture (Wiley, 2005); and Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Commons Wealth (Routledge, 2002). Together with Silke Helfrich, Bollier is co-editor of The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State (Levellers Press, 2012 respectively transcript Verlag, 2012).

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