Recommended Readings and Papers for the International Commons Conference

Recommended Readings and Papers for the International Commons Conference

Recommended Readings and Papers for the International Commons Conference

October 29, 2010

Recommended Readings

Policy Proposals by Topic

Introduction and Generalities
  1. Developing the Meta Services for the Eco-Social Economy, draft proposed by Feasta writers, Ireland/UK
  2. Framework for Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Commons-based Initiatives, George Por, Community Intelligence
  3. Infrastructural Commons for Sustainability, edited by Emer O'Siochru and David Korowitz. EENGO Submission to the (Irish) National Sustainable Development Strategy. Final Report January 2008.
  4. Securing the Commons. By Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Esther Mwangi, and Stephan Dohrn. CAPRi Policy Brief 4. [46]
  5. Giovanna Ricoveri: Commons vs Commodities. Paper by Giovanna Ricoveri for the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), “Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future” 10-14 Jan. 2011, Hyderabad, India.
  6. Hazel Henderson, Defending the Global Commons

On the Economy of the Commons:

Topics and Policy Domains

Commons Governance
  • The Commons Law Project (CLP), dedicated to reinventing the law and governance of the ecological commons and thereby operationalize the human right to a clean, healthy, ecologically balanced, and sustainable environment. A project by Weston H. Burns and David Bollier

Cultural Commons

In Brazil:


  • Krikorian G. (2009), The politics of patents: conditions of implementation of public health policy in Thailand. In S. Haunss and K. C. Shadlen (éd.), The Politics of Intellectual Property: Contestation over the Ownership, Use, and Control of Knowledge and Information (Edward Elgar, UK), 29-55.
  • Krikorian G. (2009), New trends in IP protection and health issues in FTA negotiations. In B. Coriat (éd.), The Political Economy of HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries. TRIPS, Public Health Systems and Free Access (Edward Elgar, UK) 52-77.
  • Krikorian G. & Szymkowiak D. (2007), Intellectual property rights in the making: the evolution of intellectual property. Provisions in US free trade agreements and access to medicine. The journal of world intellectual property, 10 (5), 388-418.

Earth and Climate Commons

  1. Cap and Share: A Fair Way to Cut Greenhouse Emissions [48], written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK.
  2. Global Climate Trust, written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  3. The Viable Systems Model and Climate Governance; written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  4. Against Ecological and Information Enclosures : Towards a Convergence of “Commons”. A Note on a Workshop in New Delhi, December 13 2007’. Jai Sen (Cacim 2008) [49]
  5. “Cllimate Change and Intergenerational Justice: Foundational Reflections,” 9 Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 375 (2009). Weston H. Burns

Currency or Monetary Commons

  1. Liquidity Network [50]: Mutual credit commons written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  2. Intervention by Margrit Kennedy, Ludwig Schuster: Sustainable Financial Markets as a Global Commons
  3. Stefan Meretz on the question of transition and the role of open money:
  4. Podcast interview with Thomas H. Greco, Jr. on the Credit Commons [51]
  5. Text: Transforming Finance Group's Call Recognizes Finance as a Global Commons

Infrastructure Commons

  1. Developing the Meta Services for the Eco-Social Economy, draft written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  2. Applying abundance to cities,, by Wolfgang Hoeschele

Land, Food and Water Commons

  1. Food and Water Watch, USA, represented by Maude Barlow
  2. Land Value Tax, written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK
  3. Biting the Bullet: How to Secure Access to Drylands Resources for Multiple Users. By Esther Mwangi and Stephan Dohrn. CAPRi Working Paper 47. [52]

CCRI website has links to the IASC conference and the 8 National Seminars,

  1. with 8th seminar on Common Land,
  2. the 'heritage and landscape' category, e.g.


  1. Jean Pierre Leroy's chapter about territorial management by Amazonian communities, in the book Genes, Bytes and Emissions [53] in Spanish


  1. the Commons Act 2006. Text of the law is at
  2. legal aspects of common land approach in the UK at DEFRA:
  3. Useful summary on common land in England and Wales: see
  4. Examples of local councils: the Federation to Cumbria Commoners and the Dartmoor Commons Council.
  5. OSS (Open Spaces Society) either:

(Commons-based) Taxation

  1. Land Value Tax, written by members of Feasta, Ireland/UK (video

Knowledge/Science Commons

  • Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities [54]
  • Berlin 8 Open Access Conference [55]
  • Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Research" [56]

In Brazil:

General Documentation

Peer to Peer Urbanism

From Dr. Nikos Salingaros of the Gruppo Salingaros:



  1. Emer O'Siochru on Reclaiming the Commons [57] : addresses destruction of 'the commons' - the vital but undefined resources that sustain life and civilisation that are under threat form the current system. It offered ideas about how they can be redefined, given legal protection within the market economy
  2. Dan Sullivan on the Land Value Tax as a Community Development Tool



The commons is about reclaiming, sharing and self-governing resources that belong to everyone. As a form of governance it is defending traditional or building new systems for managing our resources, based on the principles of equity and sustainability. The commons is a practical means for re-inventing society in ways that markets and governments are unable or unwilling to entertain. » Dossier

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