History of the Commons: Alberta Co-ops

History of the Commons: Alberta Co-ops

The principle of the commons, the sharing of resources, and the integrity of community life, is the foundation on which western Canada was built. Yet abundance has turned out to have its own dangers. The role of co-ops as the alternative to agri-business and its destructive effect on communities. Video by Tom Radford.

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Doughnut Economics Video

Doughnut Economics Video

Kate Raworth has developed over the last decade or more a helpful way to measure our ecological, economic, and social wellbeing so that we might work together to live within the donut — a place of equilibrium and sustainability. Her website and videos explain this helpful “index of wellbeing.”

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Current Arguments for the Commons

Current Arguments for the Commons

Silvia Frederici, in this interview with a German TV station, demonstrates that the commons is again becoming a powerful way of organizing our social and economic lives. She refutes the “tragedy of the commons” idea and points to how women are at the forefront of the commons movement.

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Toward an Ecological Civilization

Toward an Ecological Civilization

Jeremy Lent presents a helpful and hopeful explanation of how we are in the midst of a huge shift in human organization and relation to the planet. He calls this new era “Ecological Civilization” while we are calling it an “eco-commons.” We have similar intentions of moving towards a cooperative and sustainable way of life.

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p2p (peer to peer) – Explaining “commons”

p2p (peer to peer) – Explaining “commons”

Over the last ten years, the P2P Foundation has produced a sizeable body of material, both original and curated, but none of it is specifically designed as an introduction for people who are not so familiar with the P2P approach. Irma Wilson, a member of the P2P Foundation and the founder of FutureSharp, decided to shoot a number of short videos featuring Michel Bauwens during his recent trip to South Africa. With Irma’s assistance and the help of filmmaker Michel Taljaard, they produced the four videos on this site.

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