Kosmos on the Commons
October 9, 2014 Kosmos Community News

Rebuilding the Commons

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?

Kosmos and Omega Team Up on the Commons


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.

The Commons as a New | Old Paradigm for Governance, Economics and Policy – Part One

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

Book Review: The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market & State

“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

The New Story Summit: A tale of knowing and unknowing

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.