Reclaiming The Commons: practical steps and galvanizing action. PutneyDebates2012

 
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Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/11/2012
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location
University of London Union (ULU), Room 3B

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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?

10:00-10:30

Coffee/Tea and informal get together

10:30-10:45

Greetings and brief introductory session of participants (name, organisation, their particular interest in the commons)

10:45-11:10

What are the commons?

George Por – Fundamental principles

Tim Flitcroft – Different types of commons

Tina Bakolitsa – Ostrom’s principles of commons management

11:10-11:50

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

11:50-12:50

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

 
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