Week 3: Property & Commons, and The Gift Economy

These podcasts are keyed to my syllabus, "The Rise of the Commons," under the "Commons Resources" dropdown menu above.  Weeks 1 and 2 will be posted shortly.  Here, Week 3, provides an overview of the philsophy behind private property rights, the fallacies of the "tragedy of the commons," and the moral and social dynamics of gift-exchange within communities.  Below, John Locke.

Week 5: The Dynamics of Modern Enclosure / Governing the Commons

A survey of modern enclosures as described by Bollier in Silent Theft; the human implicatiions of making resources alienable for market use; and an introduction to Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons.  Extra credit:  Agnes Varda's film, The Gleaners and I.  Below, Elinor Ostrom and I at a community conference in Bloomington, Indiana.

Week 10: New Genres of Collaborative Creativity / Economics of Online Sharing

The Internet infrastructure, the GPL for software and the Creative Commons licenses have enabled the rise of rich new genres of collaborative creativity, from shared archives and wikis to remix music and the blogosphere.  This lecture looks at the "Great Value Shift" catalyzed by distributed media, with readings by Yochai Benkler, Michel Bauwens, David Bolier and a DVD by Kembrew McLeod.