Category Archives: Commons

The Common as a Mode of Production – a critique of the political economy of common goods

In the neoclassical categorization presented by Paul Samuelson, there was only room for two types of goods: private and public. Private goods were commodities produced by companies; public goods, as market “failures”, had to be produced by the state. This … Continue reading

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The Politics of the Commons: Reform or Revolt?

In this paper I present a critical overview of the contemporary political theories of the Commons, classified in three main categories: 1) the liberal 2) the reformist and 3) the anti-capitalist. Advocates of the liberal theory of the Commons take … Continue reading

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Subvertir la question des Communs

Face à la toute puissance du paradigme orthodoxe en économie, pour lequel les arrangements contractuels privés sont les plus efficients, une réponse théorique hétérodoxe s’est saisie des communs pour contester les fondements du tout-marché. Dans ce texte, David Harvey montre … Continue reading

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Distributed Innovation and Creativity, Peer Production, and Commons in Networked Economy

The emerging technological feasibility of social production generally, and peer production—the kind of large-scale collaboration of which Wikipedia is the most prominent example—more specifically, is interacting with the high rate of change and the increasing complexity of global innovation and … Continue reading

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Commun – Essai sur la révolution au XXIe siècle

Partout dans le monde, des mouvements contestent l’appropriation par une petite oligarchie des ressources naturelles, des espaces et des services publics, des connaissances et des réseaux de communication. Ces luttes élèvent toutes une même exigence, reposent toutes sur un même … Continue reading

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Educational Commons and the new Radical Democratic Imaginary

This article reflects on emergent (radical-progressive) languages of democracy to consider what common educational institutions might mean today. It explores distinct philosophical and political tensions that cut across these languages in relation to educational organization and pedagogy including – antagonism … Continue reading

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Overcoming ‘Tragedies of the Commons’ with a Self-Regulating, Participatory Market Society

Our society is fundamentally changing. These days, almost nothing works without a computer chip. Processing power doubles every 18 months and will exceed the capabilities of human brains in about ten years from now. Some time ago, IBM’s Big Blue … Continue reading

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Coordinating the Commons – Diversity & Dynamics in Open Collaborations

The success of Wikipedia demonstrates that open collaboration can be an effective model for organizing geographically distributed volunteers to perform complex, sustained work at a massive scale. However, Wikipedia’s history also demonstrates some of the challenges that large, long-term open … Continue reading

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Public and Common(s)

Two terms, or really, two groups of terms, seem to gather competing ideas as to how we might conceive anything like a collective, collectivity, or collective space today. The city figures prominently in both. On the one hand we have … Continue reading

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O bem comum como maior valor social

Para Nilton Bonder, ir além da satisfação individual é grande desafio da humanidade, mas não será resolvido de forma indolor.  Nilton Bonder recorda que “as religiões já previam que esse modelo de poder individual é um modelo apocalíptico que, mais … Continue reading

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