Saturday, April 29 • 15:00 - 15:30
The Commons as Unifying Political Vision

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The message of the commons goes beyond the domain of knowledge and the internet. The commons as an approach can be a unifying political vision bridging many struggles and movements. It can be political and empowering in many domains: from water and energy to science commons, medicines and the right to health, food and democracy.

As an emerging paradigm embracing co-creation, stewardship, and social and ecological sustainability, the commons approach holds the potential for a unified vision towards an alternative economy, which is ecological and from the bottom up.  The idea jointly stewarding shared resources, community and a generative economy, can find resonance with a diverse range of citizens. It is not a movement that is solely  reactionary, on the contrary, it is able to set the agenda showcasing developments on the ground. Recent experiences with the European Commons Assembly are a testimony to the power of the commons narrative.  

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Sophie Bloemen

Director, Commons Network
Sophie Bloemen is based in Berlin and writes, speaks, and organises on the sharing of knowledge, the commons and new narratives for Europe. She has worked as an advocate and public interest consultant for various NGOs on health, trade & innovation, as well as on cross-border cultural... Read More →

Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 15:30 EDT
Parkdale Room (section B)