A Dialogue on the Commons

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A Dialogue on the Commons,

Text 15 Nov 2015-13 Mar 2016

What do you mean when you say “the commons”? Or by “commoning”—it seems just as abstract?!

Think of a piece of land (anywhere!) before individuals, corporate bodies, or governments owned it. The land was once shared. It was a commons.

Think also of knowledge! We all have knowledge. We share it with those around us, and learn both on our own and from each other. Knowledge is a commons too.

Further, there are no commons without community: commons are always maintained and managed by a community.

I don’t like managers.

What if management didn’t mean being told what you do?  

Self-management is demanding.

The commons are about taking time to do things together, relate to each other, and care for each other (however different we are) too!

Commoning! It’s the act, the practice of building commons and keeping them alive (in the looooonnnnnnng term).

We must assert “No commons without economy” too!

What economy?

The capitalist economy aims only to maximize private interests!

Doesn’t the government seem to support capitalist economy?

Let’s start commoning economy! Commoning the government! Commoning our daily lives!

How about art, and the art organization? Why are we discussing the commons here?

We also operate in this capitalist economy, within its relations and mode of production.

Can we also help to unlearn these, and build the commons?   



15 Nov 2015-13 Mar 2016

Special Dates

14 Nov 2015

15:00: Opening to public


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Casco’s programma wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt met financiële steun van de Gemeente Utrecht, het Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting DOEN en het Cultuurprogramma van de Europese Unie. We Are the Time Machines: Time and Tools for Commoning wordt tevens ondersteund door het K.F. Hein Fonds.