Powerful and Innovative Approaches for
Commons: Social and Solidarity Economies, Shared Societies,
Cooperatives and the Internet
New York, UN Headquarters, February 10, 2015
Summary report of the outcomes from the side event sponsored by the
Permanent Missions of Brazil and France, the Mont-Blanc Meetings
Association, International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy
Entrepreneurs, the International Cooperative Alliance, and the Commons
Cluster of the United Nations Non Governmental Organizations Major
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.
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.
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.
– 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 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]
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