It’s clear that commoners will not only have to make history themselves, outside of ordinary channels, but to write and preserve that history as well. My colleagues Silke Helfrich and Michel Bauwens are off to a great start. Independently, they’ve prepared two useful syntheses of some of the more significant recent developments in the commons and P2P worlds.
Silke prepared a timeline that identifies landmarks in the commons movement from the past several years. The piece just appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of STIR magazine (about which I will have more to say below). The timeline is on Silke’s blog as well. Among the highlights:
The rise of Remix the Commons (2010 – present), an evolving multimedia project about the key ideas and practices of the commons.
The Atmospheric Trust Litigation (2011 – present), which is filing lawsuits under the public trust doctrine to force state governments and the U.S. Government to protect the atmosphere as common property.
The world’s first Open Knowledge Festival in Finland, a week’s events in September 2012, in Helsinki, Finland. (The next Open Knowledge Festival will be in Berlin in July 2014.)
The Constitutional Assembly of the Commons held with 700 participants at the occupied Teatro Valley, a revered opera house in Rome, in April 2013.
The timeline also has some great illustrations by Hey Monkey Riot.
Meanwhile, Michel Bauwens posted the “Most Important P2P-Related Projects and Trends in 2013.” He cautions that “most important” “does not mean any blanket endorsement, nor ‘best.’ It just means that it is an important project.”