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What a joy it was to attend the New Story Summit in Findhorn, Scotland! This remarkable gathering planted the seeds for many new stories and initiatives in the hearts of those attending. At the end of this newsletter, there is a thoughtful recap of the Summit by Justine Huxley of St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. We will have more to share about our own inspiring journey to Findhorn in the Fall/Winter edition of Kosmos Journal.
Today, we are focused on another event, an important gathering hosted by Omega Center for Sustainable Living on October 24-26 in Rhinebeck, New York. It’s called Where Do We Go from Here – Building the Collaborative Commons and Kosmos is a full media partner in this endeavor.
The Commons movement captures some of the most pertinent issues of the Shift currently underway in thinking and public policy about our shared resources, especially those jeopardized by market privatization and commodification. Kosmos has been at the forefront of the Commons Movement for nearly a decade. We even have a special section on our website devoted to the Commons. It includes an ongoing original series of Kosmos essays by Commons theorist, James Quilligan.
We have compiled some resources in this newsletter about the Commons and the conference. We are thrilled to partner with Omega Center for Sustainable Living, Where Do We Go from Here!
Much love and gratitude,
The Kosmos Team
from Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
How can we renew and rebuild our collaborative commons? Omega’s Where We Go From Here conference explores this age-old foundation of our society. But first, what exactly does “the commons” mean?
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Kosmos Journal is excited to participate as a media partner with Omega Institute for the upcoming Conference: Where We Go From Here • October 24–26 • Building the Collaborative Commons, in Rhinebeck, New York.
Recently, in Kosmos Journal
“Let me just say upfront that the commons is neither a totalizing political ideology nor a PR re-branding of ‘the public interest.’ It is a general template of governance that has deep roots in human history as a system of self-provisioning, responsible resource management and mutual support. But this states the issue too coldly, too analytically. The commons is at heart an ethic—a way of being human that goes beyond homo economicus, the selfish, rational, utility-maximizing ideal of a human being that economists and politicians say we are.” -David Bollier
“If I were to be marooned on a desert island and could take along only two commons-related books, they would be Elinor Ostrom’s 1990 classic, Governing the Commons, and David Bollier and Silke Helfrich’s The Wealth of the Commons. This remarkable anthology of seventy-two essays by authors from six continents represents a milestone in the commons literature.” – Leo Burke
By Justine Huxley
I’ve just returned from the New Story Summit – a long overdue gathering of those involved in the global grassroots movement for systemic change. We came from all over the world, over 350 people from the fields of peacemaking, new economics, ecology, organisational change, community building, evolutionary biology and the arts.
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