silke helfrich

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[jena, germany]


she’s ref’d on dif pages..[re imagining value report.. andreas weber..commons..commons transition ] ..adding page as Michel shares this 8 min video (2017) on fb:

work w/commons institute in germany which is large group of people who think about a commons and think about how the idea of the commons transforms our way of being.. of living together

and i’m also w/commons strategies group

in a way we need to stop looking for definitions of the commons

as a notion/concept.. because.. in fact.. it’s not about the thing.. it’s another way of being in the world.. of thinking about the world.. of constantly reshaping and reconstructing the world..

1 min – we should better talk about commoning


commoning means.. being aware that plenty of resources.. we need to make a living.. don’t belong to individuals.. need to be shared with other people..

and that need.. to share resources.. requires skills of sharing.. of knowing how to do it.. of *managing sharing resources.. so commoning is about taking responsibility for common stewardship of **resources.. processes.. spaces.. and the time we have available together.. it’s a practice

*how about this: hlb that io dance

**as jumpstart (back to what i think is something already written on each heart.. how to common).. ibp ness

2 min – social practices that enable us to build a free .. fair.. and sustainable future..

merging 3 core ideas of political tradition: 1\ *freedom.. in relatedness to ourselves and in relation to others 2\ **equity.. we all need a fair share in this world.. at same time.. fair share is building a safer world..  3\ ***sustainability.. because we only borrowed this world from our grandchildren..

*free\dom – what will you do w/your free dom

**equity – everyone getting a go everyday


3 min – i think the political approach of the commons is to bring these three notions.. of usually diff political traditions .. together.. fairness (very socialist idea).. freedom (very liberal idea).. sustainability (very green idea)

4 min – empowering to see so many people all over europe working.. perhaps w/diff words/action/locations.. on a common agenda..

5 min – if we really want to challenge the political agenda.. which today is an agenda of .. enclosing the commons.. denying access to common resources to people.. of market funded mentalism.. w a consequence of raising nationalism.. i think that the dimension of the challenge that we have ahead is..

we need to flip the whole narrative..

indeed.. ie: a nother way..

so it’s not about doing an amendment of concrete laws *here and there.. it’s not about making another **policy proposal.. which will have tough times to get channeled thru to political institutions…

*as the day.. [aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]

**policy change..

it is about commonizing the way we do politics.. about rethinking politics/democracy

decision making.. et al because public consensus always oppresses someone..

disengage from irrelevants..

6 min – if it is rep democracy.. tied/locked into *extremely structured and unfree political processes..  then it’s pretty clear that what the commons needs the most… which is **conversation.. deliberation..  ***time/space for people to figure out how they can ****resolve their own problems.. in their very concrete contexts…

B.. et al

** 2 convos


****or not create them in first place.. ie: gershenfeld sel

so perhaps the most important thing *decision/policy makers can do for us is provide the support.. recognize.. our right of organization.. provide support/space/financing for opening spaces for a kind of liberative democracy.. where **people solve their own problems because they are the ones who know the situation best..

*why..  let’s not wait for permission ness..

**again.. think we can get past.. solving problems as our goal.. to.. doing our art.. as our day..

7 min – rethinking the fundamentals of policy making.. challenging the notion of rep democracy

whole idea of commons is..

raising awareness that uncommon people usually do uncommon things..  a sound message around the commons will be a *simple message around the commons.. **plain language that really ***speaks to people’s hearts

*deep/simple/open enough.. for all of us.. a simple message..

**a nother way book.. but not even a req.. rather.. graeber model law.. because.. idio begs to be our plain language..

***if deep enough.. don’t need to speak to heart.. already on each heart.. ie: maté basic needs ness..

8 min – sometimes it seems to me that we as commoners.. who try to theorize/conceptionalize.. and make sense of the complexity out there.. *aren’t able to speak that plain/simple language

again.. more about listening.. which tech can now do for us.. (eagle and condor ness) listen to all the voices.. everyday.. holmgren indigenous law..

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