I Commons, Bollier Keynote


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Slides from David Bollier's keynote remarks at iCommons Summit in Sapporo, Japan, July 31, 2008. Licensed under Creative Commons BY license except as noted.

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I Commons, Bollier Keynote

  1. 1. Social Movements on the Commons David Bollier iCommons Summit July 31, 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>Bloggers expose New York Times </li></ul><ul><li>on Iraq War coverage </li></ul>
  3. 3. Senate candidate George Allen’s “macaca” slur Kat Ruddy, via Flickr, CC-BY-NC-ND http://www.flickr.com/photos/katskiphoto/123998362/
  4. 4. <ul><li>Photo by tsevis, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA license. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsevis/2279253649/ </li></ul>Obama’s 1.5 million donors
  5. 5. Bloggers/activists expose flaws in Diebold voting machines <ul><li>Photo by Aaron Gustafson, via Flickr, CC BY-SA license. http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarongustafson/63773438. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Hughelectronic, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA license. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/hughelectronic/2261248169/ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Norman Rockwell, Four Freedoms Computer networks + free culture = “History-Making Citizenship”
  8. 8. The Commons Sector ( of creativity & culture) … .and countless others.
  9. 9. “ The Great Value Shift” Socially created value is becoming a macro-economic and cultural force in its own right.
  10. 10. The commons paradigm explodes <ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>photography </li></ul><ul><li>music-sharing </li></ul><ul><li> remix </li></ul><ul><li> mashups </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>podcasting </li></ul><ul><li> online games </li></ul><ul><li> wikis </li></ul><ul><li> social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Open educational resources </li></ul><ul><li> open access publishing </li></ul><ul><li> open textbooks </li></ul><ul><li> open courseware & </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative curricula </li></ul><ul><li> One Laptop Per Child </li></ul><ul><li>Open business models </li></ul><ul><li> open science </li></ul><ul><li> open databases (CC0) collaborative websites </li></ul>
  11. 11. “ You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” --R. Buckminster Fuller
  12. 12. Viral Spiral <ul><li>How the Commoners </li></ul><ul><li>Built a Digital Republic of Their Own </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New Press, January 2009 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The commons -- a new social metabolism in our cultural ecosystem for governance & law Image by Stanton F. Fink, via Wikipedia, CC BY license, version 2.5 http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Image%3ABanffia_confusa.jpg
  14. 14. The Digital Citizen honors: <ul><li>Open access </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Talent & innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Social equity </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralized authority </li></ul>“ Freedom is participation in power.” --Cicero
  15. 15. The Commons Sector as a New Digital Republic Photo by rw, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbostyle/380346564/
  16. 16. Enclosures are destroying other commons….. Global atmosphere Oceans Genes Seeds Freshwater Forests Minerals Arctic & Antarctic Democratic Governance Civic infrastructure Public spaces Local community Social insurance Parks Wilderness Shared traditions & values
  17. 17. Two general types of commons…. Infinite: The More the Merrier Finite: Tragedy of the Commons L’etrusco, via Flickr, CC-BY-SA license.
  18. 18. Twin errors of neoliberal economic policy <ul><li>Scarce commons (air, water, land) are treated as infinite. </li></ul><ul><li>Limitless commons (creative works) are treated as scarce (via copyright & patent law). </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Commons: A vision for a new political culture <ul><li>1. A new narrative to reclaim what’s ours </li></ul><ul><li>2. Tech expertise can build democratic practice </li></ul><ul><li>3. Moral credibility, cultural authenticity </li></ul><ul><li>4. The commons as a third sector that “competes” with governments & businesses. </li></ul>
  20. 20. David Bollier [email_address]
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