Reclaiming The Commons: practical steps and galvanizing action. New Putney Debates
Date(s) - 11/11/2012
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
RECLAIMING THE COMMONS: PRACTICAL STEPS AND GALVANIZING ACTION
The New Putney Debates
Room 3E (third floor) University of London Union (ULU) Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
The theory of the Commons is simple: all resources that mankind holds in common, whether from Nature or created by man, are communal gifts and should be shared equitably. On Sunday 11th November, the last day of the Putney debates, we will be looking at practical steps for reclaiming the Commons in several areas, from law, the economy and participatory decision-making to health, local services, knowledge and the environment. What are, in each case, the opportunities and challenges for promoting the Commons? Are there other movements, campaigns and initiatives that align themselves with the theory of the Commons? And how can we go about creating our own Commons?
Coffee/Tea and informal get together
Greetings and brief introductory session of participants (name, organisation, their particular interest in the commons)
What are the commons?
George Por – Fundamental principles
Tim Flitcroft – Different types of commons
Tina Bakolitsa – Ostrom’s principles of commons management
How can re-claiming the commons work in practice?
Clive Menzies – Financial / Economic commons
Fereshteh Eshan – Wild law/ Commons Law
Melanie Strickland – Community bill of rights
Julie Timbrell – Participatory decision making
Anne Betz – Health commons
Phoenix B – FB library
John Bywater – Digital commons
What types of commons are important to you and how can you get involved in re-claiming the commons? (breakout groups)
Two half-hour sessions, so that people with more that one interest can switch groups.
12:50-13:00 Group Feedback