Commoning - The resurgent power of the commons

We adopt a model of commoning as a collective, transformative, activist practice, presented by respected commons researchers David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, in Free, fair and alive - The resurgent power of the commons.

Bollier & Helfrich 2019, Free, Fair and Alive - The resurgent power of the commons, Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.

They offer a pattern language of commoning that frames practices of commoning under three interweaving aspects, referred to as ‘the triad of commoning’:

  • Provisioning through commons
  • Peer governance through commoning
  • The social life of commoning

We translate these three elements of commoning in this way . .

  • Provisioning/curating/cultivating of commoned means of subsistence and wellbeing
  • Stewarding of commoned means, and of practice in the commons
  • Mobilising/enjoying/celebrating of the commons, by members, in everyday life and work

. . and we represent this visually in this way, as a constellation of practices that constitute a community around shared means of subsistence and wellbeing (‘a commons’):

See: The coop-commons and the handbook
See also: Use convivial tools