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Social Movements on the Commons by David Bollier

The Commons is one of many social movements active in the world today. Many of them share characteristics with the Commons, but there are significant differences. What can the Commons learn from other social movements and vice versa? Is there a more effective way of doing things and has someone been doing it for ages without the Commons noticing?

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Social Movements on the Commons by David Bollier

  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
  4. 4. <ul><li>Photo by tsevis, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA license. </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. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Hughelectronic, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA license. </li></ul><ul><li> </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
  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.
  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]