Patterns of Commoning

Patterns of Commoning

Cover: Patterns of Commoning
04. Nov. 2015
David Bollier and Silke Helfrich
Date of Publication: 2015
Number of Pages: 418
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
ISBN / DOI: 1937146839

More than sixty frontline activists, academics and project leaders from twenty countries explain how commoning is empowering people to challenge the deep pathologies of contemporary capitalism and invent powerful, participatory alternatives. A special series of essays explores the inner dynamics of commoning - its ethics, social practices and worldview - to explain why the building of new worlds starts from within.

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Table of contents:

Overture: David Bollier and Silke Helfrich

  • Helmut Leitner
    Working with Patterns: An Introduction
  • Silke Helfrich
    Patterns of Commoning: How We Can Bring About a Language of Commoning
  • Elinor Ostrom
    Eight Design Principles for Successful Commons
  • German Commons Summer School
    Eight Points of Orientation for Commoning
  • Marianne Gronemeyer
  • Intermezzo I: Can Commoners Become Self-aware of Their Collective Potential?
Long-Lasting Commons
  • Eric Nanchen and Muriel Borgeat
    Bisse de Savièse: A Journey Through Time to the Irrigation System in Valais, Switzerland
  • Monica Vasile
    The Role of Memory and Identity in the Obştea Forest Commons of Romania
  • Zelealem Tefera Ashenafi
    The Resilience of an Indigenous Ethiopian Commons

Neighborhood Commons

Biocultural Commons

  • David Bollier
    The Potato Park of Peru
  • Erika Styger
    The System of Rice Intensification and Its International Community of Practice
  • David Holmgren
    Twelve Design Principles of Permaculture

Arts and Culture Commons

  • Michael Peter Edson
    Fire and Frost: The Virtues of Treating Museums, Libraries and Archives as Commons
  • Dario Gentili and Andrea Mura
    The Birth of a Theater Commons in Rome: Fondazione Teatro Valle Bene Comune
  • Salvatore Iaconesi
    Digital Arts as a Commons
  • Alain Ambrosi and Frédéric Sultan
    Remix The Commons: An Evolving Intercultural Space for Commoning
  • David Bollier
    AS220 of Providence, Rhode Island: A Commons of, by and for Artists
  • Larry Harvey
    The Principles of Burning Man

Collaborative Technology Commons

  • Dorn Cox
    Farm Hack: A Commons for Agricultural Innovation
  • Julio Sanchez Onofre
    Arduino and the Open Hardware Revolution
  • Tristan Copley-Smith
    The Growth of Open Design and Production
  • Interview with Architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel
    On Openness, Commons & Unconditional Basic Work
  • Astrid Lorenzen
    Fab Lab St. Pauli in Hamburg
  • Jacques Paysan
    OpenSPIM: A High-Tech Commons for Research and Education

Code and Knowledge Commons

  • Cameron Neylon
    Open Access Pioneer: The Public Library of Science
  • Mike Linksvayer
    Converting Proprietary Software into a Commons: The LibreOffice Story
  • Mary Lou Forward
    OpenCourseWare and Open Education
  • Films and Videos About the Commons

Exchange and Credit Commons

Tools and Infrastructure for Commoning

  • Enric Senabre Hidalgo Goteo:
    Crowdfunding to Build New Commons
  • Kate Chapman
    Commoning in Times of Disaster: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
  • Ellen Friedman
    Mapping Our Shared Wealth: The Cartography of the Commons
  • David Bollier
    Licenses for Commoning: The GPL, Creative Commons Licenses and CopyFair
  • David Bollier, Lara Mallien & Santiago Hoerth Moura
    New Ventures in Commons-Based Publishing

Spaces for Co-Learning

  • Hannelore Hollinetz and Martin Hollinetz
    Otelo – Open Technology Labs in Austria
  • Marcos García
    Medialab-Prado: A Citizen Lab for Incubating Innovative Commons
  • Maria Bareli-Gaglia
    Voyaging in the Sea of Ikarian Commons and Beyond
  • Claudia Gómez-Portugal M.
    Learning as an Open Road, Learning as a Commons


  • An Interview with members of Cecosesola
    “We Are One Big Conversation”: Commoning in Venezuela
  • Ariadna Serra and Ale Fernandez Cooperativa Integral Catalana (CIC): 
    On the Way to a Society of the Communal
  • Intermezzo II: The Internal Dimensions of the External World: On Commons and Commoning




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