If you’re in London or nearby, don’t miss the opportunity to hear commons scholar James Quilligan present a twelve-part seminar series, “The Emergence of a Commons-Based Economy,” starting Monday, May 7. If we’re lucky, there will also be a live webcast of the talks.
You can see the schedule of seminars and register for them here. A fuller description can be found here. Each talk will focus on a specific topic, starting with “Democratizing the Global and Political Commons.” It will be followed by talks on the political economy; financial innovation and the commons; property, value and the commons; organizational practice and the commons; among many others. (See pie chart.)
The series is being co-organized by the School of Commoning and the Christian Council for Monetary Justice, but each event will be convened by a different organization, including Civil Society Forum, Finance Innovation Lab, Institute for Public Policy Research, New Economics Foundation, SIMPOL, St. James’s Piccadilly, and Westminster Hub.
James Quilligan has been an analyst and administrator in the field of international development since 1975. He has served as policy advisor and writer for many international politicians and leaders, including Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterand, Edward Heath, Julius Nyerere, Olof Palme, Willy Brandt, Jimmy Carter and HRH Prince El Hassan of Jordan. He has also been an economic consultant for agencies in more than 30 countries.
In terms of his work on the commons, Quilligan is a co-founder of Global Commons Trust, where he is working with colleagues to develop a Secretariat to provide research, support and publicity for a new international commission on the global commons. He has also launched a lobbying effort, Commons Action for the United Nations (CAUN), which has been successful in introducing the concepts of the commons into UN discussions and documents.