FW: International Commons Conference, SAVE THE DATE, Nov. 1st and 2nd 2010
This may be of some interest to you....
> Save The Date for the International Commons Conference (ICC)
> "Constructing a Commons-Based Policy Platform"
> November, 1st and 2nd, 2010
> in Berlin/Germany
> For information please contact:
> Silke Helfrich, firstname.lastname@example.org ; phone: 0049-3641-509536
> Berlin, April 23, 2010
> Dear all,
> Greetings from the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs),
> http://www.boell.de/service/home.html (English) and http://www.boell.de/
> The Foundation is a publicly financed non-profit organization affiliated
> with the German Greens, but working independently with partners of our
> choice. We are represented with 25 offices worldwide.
> The International Politics Department within the Divison of
> International Cooperation, has initiated plans for an International
> Commons Conference to take place in November in our Headquarters in
> With this announcement we seek your interest, active support and
> We are happy to inform you that a number of well-known commoners such as
> Peter Linebaugh (University of Toledo, US), Leticia Merino
> (International Association for the Study of Commons; Mexico); Wolfgang
> Sachs (Wuppertal Institut; Germany); Alberto Acosta (economist and
> politician, Ecuador) James Quilligan (international analyst, USA),
> Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation, Thailand/Belgium), David Bollier
> (Onthecommons.org; USA) and many others already confirmed their
> The conference will be held November 1st and 2nd, 2010 in Berlin at
> Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.
> Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin
> Fon: (030) 285 34-0
> Fax: (030) 285 34-109
> International arrivals will be on Sunday, October 31 at the latest, and
> departures may be planned for Wednesday, November 03.
> SAVE THE DATE!
> The conference seeks to bring together a diverse group of about 150
> international and Germany/European based commoners, intellectuals,
> activists and policy makers. Over the course of two days, the
> conference will:
> Assess the range of existing and potential commons-based policy
> approaches and their respective strengths, limitations and potential for
> wider application.
> Develop the fundamentals of a policy framework that supports the
> commons. The framework should be able to serve as a template for
> policymaking and political action as well as for providing ways for
> people to earn a livelihood.
> Identify and explore specific strategic opportunities to advance
> commons-based approaches. These opportunities should address the various
> interlinked political, economic, ecological and social challenges at
> regional, national and international levels.
> The conference will provide excellent opportunities for the community of
> international commoners to share ideas, expand their networks, and find
> common ground.
> The simple yet powerful and complex question to be explored throughout
> the conference is: What does a commons-based policy framework look
> like? What already exists and what do we still need to develop to
> nurture and protect diverse sorts of commons?
> We are currently working on a draft program that we wish to share with
> you as soon as possible.
> We hope you can join us! We will be sending a formal invitation later,
> but for our planning purposes, it would be very useful if you could
> inform us of your actual or potential interest in participating in the
> Languages: Conference language is English.
> Translation English/Spanish Spanish/English is provided throughout the
> Translation English/German German/English is provided only during the
> public evening event on November 1st and in case of individual need
> Principles: The conference is designed to enhance:
> Participation and self-organization
> Stewardship, cooperation and networking
> Open, non-linear ways to search for solutions
> The organisers are planning:
> a limited number of keynotes and kickoff speakers
> sufficient space for creative work in small groups
> ³speed presentations² about projects (let us know if you are interested
> in a speed presentation of your project or network towards a commons
> based policy platform!)
> Open space for self-organized networking
> Please let us know by May 20th at email@example.com whether you are
> interested in participating in the conference and contributing your
> ideas and projects.
> The first program draft will follow asap along with information on
> We furthermore welcome your recommendations of more experts and
> activists who in your opinion would add important flavour to our
> conference and should thus also be invited.
> We enthusiastically encourage your participation and look forward to
> receiving your feed-back.
> PS: I apologize for having sent multiple mails to some people due to
> technical problems.
> Best regards
> Silke Helfrich
> for the ICC Team
> Heinrich Böll Stiftung
> 07745 Jena
> Tel: +49 3641 / 509536
> handy: +49 157 / 73980187
> e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org