Make Commoning Work

# A Framework for Understanding Commons & Commoning

developed in 2017 by

Silke Helfrich is an uninstitutionalized academic and independent activist.

David Bollier is a commons activist, scholar, author and blogger.

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Commons & Commoning are World-Making in a Pluriverse, complex adaptive processes, that consist of a simple symbiotic triade: the social section (commoning), the institutional and organizational section (peer governance) and the economic section (provisioning).

Each section has multiple dimensions, which are listed below. It is important to understand, that these sections don't describe something different. They rather describe the same - aspects of commons & commoning - just seen through different lens depending on the section's focus. There is therefore an overlap and correspondence among the dimensions (let's call them patterns) on each list.

Note that the lists do not assert universal, ahistorical principles of commons, but rather recurrent, general *patterns* of commoning that vary widely. (Foto Wikimedia Commons

the triad

These are the dimensions we consider key for thriving commoning processes. Remember: There is no commons, without commoning.

Peer-Governance is an expression of self-organization. It is distinct from governing for the people. It is also distinct from governing with the people. It is governing through the people. Remember: There is no commoning without Peer-Governance.

Commons also means: breaking free of an economic empire, because commoning is generative. It produces care, shelter and all kind of things which are useful to us.

ontological ground and political culture

This is the ontological ground, commons & commoning stand upon.

This framework helps us to develop a commons vocabulary (not taxonomy) and is the foundation of our thinking about commoning and the commons. It is imperfect and incomplete if only because the realities of the human condition ultimately elude full systemization and analysis. Despite attempts to create an "utopia of rules" (David Graeber) through bureaucracy and other systems of control, human agency is always dynamic, surprising and boundary-crossing: a case of biopoetics vs. universal systems, one might say.

- Epistemology -> How is knowledge being created, is it cognitive? Embodied? Situated knowing and diverse knowledge systems - Ubuntu-Rationality - Relational Categories

# Growing the Commons see External Politics & Culture

Political culture and polity that make commons & commoning thrive would help to Protect & Extend Value Sovereignty in the commons. Here are a few suggestions for making this happen.

browsing this fedwiki

# b) Geographic Location or Scope

Nation-States in: Africa, Asia, Americas, Australia/Oceania, Europe Beyond Nation-States: bioregional, transnational

# c) Alphabetical Listing of Projects & Initiatives

This fedwiki also provides a collection of commons- projects, initiatives and governance practices from all over the world and from different thematic areas. It might be more fun and more inspiration to have a look at these practices rather than studying concepts. We are focussing on rich&developed practices, which adress a considerable number of realms of commoning, are remarkable in terms of Provisioning through Commons and simply allow us to tell a good story while connecting their stories.

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