Silke Helfrich is the editor of Who Owns the World? The Rediscovery of the Commons, the primary author of CommonsBlog, and a leading thinker in Germany about the idea of the commons. This the script of a talk she delivered at the World Commons Forum on September 29 in Salzburg, Austria.
1. When we talk about the commons, what are we talking about?
From Babelgum's New Urbanism video series: It's DIY urban mini-golf! "The Putting Lot is a parking lot transformed into a nine-hole miniature golf course in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The theme of the course is 'neighborhood sustainability' which encompasses both environmental sustainability and the sustainability of communities."
This piece was originally published by SF Public Press, a nonprofit news organization in San Francisco that aims to do for print and Web journalism what public broadcasting has done for radio and television.
Today, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution declaring 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives--that is, businesses that belong to their workers or the people who use them. (Thanks, Michael!)
Following up on our list of the best books of 2009, here's another list of books forthcoming from members of the extended Shareable.net community, plus some others we've noticed. Do you have a book that you think belongs on this list, one you wrote or one you're reading? Please do tell us about it in a comment.
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society, by Frans de Waal (Harmony Books): We often fancy that chimps and other nonhuman primates live in a state of constant competition and violence—an image, we fear, that also applies to human beings.
This interview with Angelica Navarro (starts at 46:00), Bolivia's chief climate negotiator, shows in poignant fashion the rift between developed and developing nations over climate change.
For some, this rift is old news. While I had a sense of this rift, the video offered me a new perspective and I had the following reactions:
Treasure Island, which sits in between San Francisco and Oakland, has been virtually abandoned since the Navy shut down its base in 1997.
That's about to change. This week the Navy finally announced that it would sell the island to the city of San Francisco (price tag: $105 million), which plans to turn it into a model of shareable, sustainable development.
This is a fantastic idea: Urban Reading asks you "to use your mobile phones to take a photo of your reading environment."
You then "email the photo with what you are reading, the location, and your name to: firstname.lastname@example.org." The homepage shows a Google map of the US with reading locations marked--you can then zero in anywhere. Examples: