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‘Reclaiming the Commons: Why, What and How?’

School of Commoning

Monday, October 22, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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The Great Lakes Bioregional Trust: James B. Quilligan

 Community Land Trusts for access to housing and farms : Martin Large

This session will show the why, what and how of securing common pool resources such as capital and land into trusteeship bodies such as the Great Lakes Bioregional Trust, community land, property and capital trusts-for enduring community benefit and enterprise.

Examples will be given of the mutualisation and neutralisation of land and capital into commons bodies for community benefit and individual enterprise at the international, national and local levels. We will explore what communities, government and social business can do to reclaim and steward the commons of land and capital.

James Quilligan has served as policy advisor and writer for many international politicians and leaders, including Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterand, Julius Nyerere, Olof Palme, Willy Brandt, Jimmy Carter and His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan. Quilligan is a co-founder of Global Commons Trust and has also launched a lobbying effort, Commons Action for the United Nations (CAUN), which has been successful in introducing the concepts of the commons into UN discussions and documents. He is helping to launch a trust for the Great Lakes ecosystem in Canada and the United States. 

Martin Large advised the community buy out of Fordhall Farm, chaired the  Community Land Trust National Demonstration Project 2007-9, founded Gloucestershire Land for People CLT, chairs Stroud Common Wealth , is a visiting lecturer at the University of Kent and directs the Biodynamic Land Trust Ltd, a charitable community benefit society. His book,  Common Wealth (2010) has relevant chapters on Transforming Capitalism, and Land for People

Donations of  £5- 10 to cover the moderators (James Quilligan) expenses and filming of the event are welcome. Please use the green donate button on www.schoolofcommoning.com and send your name to anna@schoolofcommoning.com or ring Anna on 07731 584358






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Grimond Room, Portcullis House
SW1A 2LW London
United Kingdom

Monday, October 22, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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School of Commoning

The purpose of the School of Commoning, as a Community Interest Company, is to benefit society, by enhancing individual and collective competences in the creation, protection, and governance of commons.

The Commons is at its best when autonomy and solidarity, creativity and community, are honoured, along with the deeply human urge to reach for improved lives lived in a just and caring world. It is why we believe, the Commons has the potential to reach the hearts and minds of millions in the years to come, just like the environmental movement did in the 80s.

We’re committed to turn that potential into reality.  We contribute to that by enabling people, organisations and social systems to develop better practices for strengthening and governing the Commons, as an autonomous partner to the private and public sectors.

We support the international commons movement and people who want to learn about the Commons, with well-organized knowledge resources and educational programs. We partner and build synergy with other organisations that have the Commons at their heart, and "strengthen the linkages between commons practitioners, scholars, and activists, so that we can learn from each other and support each other’s work." (David Bollier). 

We promote and support the collaboration of commons-related groups and organisations, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.

We do all that by 1. developing and delivering educational, media, networking, "serious game," and mobile apps projects that promote the Commons, and 2. inspire others to do the same.

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