Next week, the Economics and the Commons Conference in Berlin, Germany – subtitled “From Seed Form to Core Paradigm” – will bring together some 200 commoners from more than 30 countries. The primary goal: to explore new ideas, practices and alliances for developing the commons as an alternative worldview and provisioning system.
There will be five separate “streams” of inquiry at the conference, each of them seeking to redefine policy and activism through the prism of the commons. These streams are Land and Nature; Work and Caring in a World of Commons; Treating Knowledge, Culture and Science as Commons; Money, Markets, Value and the Commons; and New Infrastructures for Commoning by Design.
Working with my colleagues on the Commons Strategies Group, Silke Helfrich and Michel Bauwens, the conference is being co-organized by CSG, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation and Remix the Commons. The event will be held from May 22 to 24 at the Böll Foundation headquarters in Berlin.
The good news is that there has been an overwhelming advance interest in the conference. The sad news is that physical capacity of the venue limits participation to 200 people. However, the opening sessions on May 22 will be open to the public, and many events from the conference will be streamed. Details will provided later at the conference communications platform / blog, which is already buzzing with postings and debate. There is also a lot of background material on the commons at the conference wiki.