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Viewing Trees and Woods

Connecting Dots, Links, Sectors, and Frames

by Heiner Benking and Rob Wheeler

10.15.Benking.SDGsThis article is about ways to outline and represent the SDG goals and ways to communicate and achieve them. Click HERE to read the full article.

On the Pathway to Paris…


See the Toolkit How locally sourced global citizenship will give the next generation a livable world…


pathway2paris-emailExplore the Climate Engagement Calendar HERE

What’s Next for Our Global Commons

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.

An Immediacy Production, for Kosmos Journal.

Commons Economy Rising

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.

Help Make the Commons Visible

Tell Your STORY…

Commons Action for the United Nations actively seeks 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.

v_squigglyTHERE are several ways to share your Commons story….

– Make a video and post it on the web and on the Commons Action Facebook Page

– Write an Article and post a link with an excerpt from your article to the Commons Action Facebook Page

– 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 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]


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Commons Input |Tenth Annual Meeting of Internet Governance

Latest Commons Cluster statement on the World We Want to Heads of State

Your Excellency,

The upcoming Tenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held in João Pessoa, Brazil, from 10 to 13 November 2015 and the World Summit on the Information Society +10 (WSIS+10) conference to be held in New York this December provide all Governments with opportunities to effectively implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using the Internet and the 2030 Agenda. The Internet is indeed an extremely powerful tool.

The very openness of the Internet, with its fast growing collaborative economy and other resources, its increased inclusiveness and diversity can level the playing field among rich and poor, empower individual citizens, businesses and governments at all levels by providing an exchange of best practices and other resources (many for free) on a global scale. A web portal with universal access dedicated to the implementation of the SDGs could spearhead a worldwide exchange and empower people everywhere.

To make the most of the Internet as a resource for the work all Member States have undertaken for the coming 15 years, it is essential to safeguard multi-stakeholder participation.

The Institute for Planetary Synthesis (IPS), an ECOSOC-accredited NGO and founding Member of the Commons Cluster of the UN’s NGO Major Group, would like to draw your attention to the potential uses of the Internet as outlined in the enclosed project: A World on the Web that Works for All. This initiative is an expansion of the UN Secretary General’s Online Global Platform for Technology Transfer. Both IPS and the Commons Cluster are dedicated to supporting UN Member States in their search to develop communities and economies at all levels, dedicated to the well being of all people and nature.

This proposed World on the Web can be implemented gradually by schools, cities, UN Member States as they are ready. Until all have joined they can use the Internet itself to locate necessary resources. But if all nations are to be able to make use of this opportunity, it will be essential to ensure universal access to the Internet for all—rich and poor. Some developing countries like Rwanda where there is already universal access to the Internet are demonstrating that it is possible.

We should be extremely grateful if you could pass on this email and attached file to any persons in your Government who will be involved in the Conferences and stress how important it is to all Nations that we have an Internet with universal access to encourage multi-stakeholder participation in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Yours respectfully,

Representatives of the Institute for Planetary Synthesis:

Dr. Lisinka Ulatowska, Coordinator Commons Cluster of the UN NGO Major Group