To judge from James B. Quilligan's recent series of talks in London, Brits are more receptive to, and interested in, the idea of a commons-based economy than ever. Below, James reflects on his many encounters and dialogues over the course of two weeks. --DB
Twelve seminars in twelve days? Each on a different topic?
Imagine the angst I felt last winter when organizers in London approached me to make this demanding array of presentations on consecutive days.
They explained that each of the sponsoring groups had a unique perspective on the commons, ranging from economics, business, politics, democracy, culture and technology to land reform, private property, trusteeship, interest rates, systems theory and spirituality.
Once I’d grasped the constellation of issues, I welcomed the challenge of integrating them with the commons. It sounded like real fun. After extensive preparations, the Quilligan Seminars were held from May 7 - 18 at various locations in London. (For reference, my talking points on all the sessions are included here.)