This is a conversation between International Economist and Kosmos Journal featured-contributor, James B. Quilligan and David Bollier, author of Think Like a Commoner and Green Governance. It was recorded at Kosmos Associates Headquarters in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on January 31st, 2014.
Here is an example of a Commons community using a crowd source funding vehicle and a video that describes what is fueling the rising visibility of the Commons as a valued based collective choice for a peaceful and collaborative human presence on the earth. Take a look at this video and share within your networks.
In 2013, Commons Action for the United Nations will actively create opportunities for raising public awareness as it relates to the Commons, and notable commoners serving the greater good in the form of commoning. Some of the most resilient communities and workplaces are ones where commons-based approaches are foundational in every day decision-making.
THERE are several ways to share your Commons story….
- Create a tele-seminar that shares the nuts and bolts of your Commons story featuring the Commoners and the lessons in Commoning unique to your community and send a notice for inclusion in our It’s the Commons Newsletter
- Or send your story, videos and photos to us at CommonsActionUN@gmail.com and we will post it to our Facebook for you
The infamous image from space known as the Blue Marble is now 40 years old. In the video, enjoy the view of our common home, EARTH from space.
UN Ceremony Highlights Cooperatives
20 November 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the role of cooperatives in empowering communities and catalyzing inclusive development during a ceremony to close the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC), at UN Headquarters in New York, US.
Cooperative representatives, civil society and governments gathered to celebrate the Year and share lessons learned. Representatives from Indonesia, Malta, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey shared their experiences and achievements throughout the Year. The Indonesian speaker, for example, described how cooperatives promote equitable growth that also helps achieve environmental and poverty reduction goals.
Ban recognized the collaboration between the UN and the cooperative movement “to empower people, enhance human dignity and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” He also highlighted cooperatives’ contribution to sustainable livelihoods, social protection and youth empowerment.
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2012 as IYC, under the theme “Promoting Cooperatives Beyond 2012,” in recognition of the role of cooperatives in socio-economic development, including employment generation, poverty reduction and social integration. Cooperatives are characterized as member-driven enterprises that balance member and community needs and interests with the pursuit of profit. [UN Press Release] [Statement of UN Secretary-General] [IYC Website]
Thanks to our Language Centers Coordinators and their team of translators, Commons Action for the United Nationshas the latest flyer available for download in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. To download a copy in your language click HERE or go to our Commons Resources tab and click on Powerful Tools Flyer.
The COMMONS ACTION FOR THE UNITED NATIONS team worked through December 2012 to answer the call for input during the current phase of the United Nations global consultation process on the Post 2015 process on Environmental Sustainability, MD7 goal. The long version of the document and the CAUN’s supporting documentation is now apart of the Commons here on this website. You can lend your support by adding your organizations endorsement.