Commons: Non-exclusivity by design

ECC report   bookletThis is the post-conference video, that the wonderful team of Remix the Commons together with Gazibo produced as a round-table with Commons Strategies Group, that is: with Michel Bauwens, David Bollier and me.  We were asked to:

  • talk about the most surprising thing during the whole conference
  • identify one single idea discussed at the conference
  • express our thoughts on power and political struggle (related to the commons)
  • forsee the evolution and future of an international commons movement (sic!)
  • address the commoners in the world „here and now“

Ok, we did. You may judge how we did.

Mike Linksvayer pointed me to a confusion I made when referring to a very useful insight I’ve drawn from Séverine Dusollier‘ work at the Propice Seminar on Property and the Commons in Paris earlier this year.

At 4’23 in the vid I say:

Commons are not the presence of non-exclusivity but the absence of exclusivity.

While Carolina Botero in her suscint keynote put it as follows (attributed to Dusollier):

Commons is not the absence of exclusivity but the presence of non-exclusivity – which is a slight but important difference – the plenitude of non-exclusivity.

Well, one is not the opposite of the other, but „there is a slight but important difference“, even in strategic terms. Do we focus on fighting exclusivity or on designing for non-exclusivity?

Obviously, Carolina is right, and I messed it up ;-), but I feel consoled because when explaining the sentence I get the correct message accross: The core idea of the commons is about defending the idea of non-exclusivity by designing institutions, spaces, projects and ways of production that cannot be occupied/controled by only one person. It is protecting the plenitude of non-exclusivity. In short: The Commons is about Non-Exclusivity by design.

Mike, many thanks for pointing me to this confusion.

If Remix the Commons would ask me again for a message to the commoners „here and now“, I’d say

Remember: The Commons means designing for, defending and protecting non-exclusivity.

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