I’ve just come across The Commons Transition Platform through a post elsewhere by Michel Bauwens. According to their website “The Commons Transition Platform is a database of practical experiences and policy proposals aimed toward achieving a more humane and environmentally grounded mode of societal organization.”
“achieving a more humane and environmentally grounded mode of societal organization” sounds like a good idea to me.
I’m also interested in The Commons thanks to Michel and the P2P Foundation, and to George Por and The School of Commoning.
I’m interested in ideas related to change in an Internet based world, and those link to the ideas and work of Michel and George and others behind “The Commons”.
We all know how rapidly ideas and information can spread thanks to the Internet. This affects how we think, and behave, regarding ownership of all kinds of things. Years ago a photo was expensive and each copy was an additional cost. Individual photos were precious. Now we share them freely.
The same is true of all kinds of information and it’s affecting our ideas and behaviour regarding ownership and sharing.
Collaboration is also easier thanks to the Internet and easier collaboration, combined with freely flowing information, is affecting ideas of co-operation and competition. We’re also getting much more aware of the planet as a shared resource, and the need to collaborate regarding how we relate to the planet and its resources.
One way of thinking about “The Commons” is that it is about ownership locally and globally and how we relate to each other and the planet and its resources.