Land & Community: Creating a 21st Century Commons
Thursday, 5 December 2013 from 10:30 to 17:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Can land be managed as a ‘21st century commons’ that delivers mutual benefits to landowners and communities?
As public finances continue to tighten, local authorities, public agencies and other landowners are reviewing how they manage their land – including parks, woodlands, waterways and open green spaces. Handing responsibility for management to local volunteers, social enterprises or private sector contractors are all options, but each has their drawbacks. Reframing land as a ‘commons’, and developing shared approaches to its management and governance could unlock a wider range of social, economic and environmental benefits.
Shared Assets, New Start and Co-operatives UK invite you to join us for a day of discussion and knowledge sharing. We will explore the idea of places as ‘commons’, hear from organisations already involved in the shared management of land, and pinpoint the practical and policy measures needed to make this a reality.
We will also launch two new reports:
"Making Land Work: case studies in collaboration" by Mark Walton and,
“Commons Sense: the capturing of land value to build commonwealth” edited by Pat Conaty, Martin Large and Co-operatives UK.
If you are interested in a finding solutions to local land management that go beyond a simple choice between the market and the state, then join us for a stimulating and challenging event exploring this important new agenda.
This will be an informal and partcipative event and we invite partcipants to join us afterwards in a nearby pub to continue the debate!
Julian Dobson, founder, Urban Pollinators
Pat Conaty, Fellow, New Economics Foundation, Research Associate, Co-operatives UK and Research Associate, Community Finance Solutions, University of Salford
Gavin Saunders, Project Manager, Forestry Commission and co-founder and Director, Neroche Woodlanders
Kate Swade, Development Manager, Shared Assets
Mark Walton, Director and co-founder, Shared Assets
Lord Glasman, Blue Labour thinker
Robin Murray, LSE
Catherine Harrington, National Community Land Trusts Network
David Ames, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation
10.30 Arrivals and registration
11.00 Welcome and introduction
11.10 Who’s in the room?
11.25 21st century commons - Julian Dobson
From economic tragedy to reclaiming the streets
11.40 Making land work - Mark Walton
Successful collaboration between landowners and community enterprises
11.55 Case study: Neroche Woodlanders - Gavin Saunders
12.05 From ‘friends groups’ to social enterprise land management - Kate Swade
12.40 Open mic case studies
13:45 New commons and cooperative approaches – Pat Conaty
14:00 Facilitated workshop:
What needs to change to enable greater community management of our environment?
15.00 Next steps – what can we collectively do to take this agenda forward?
15.30 Wrap up
16.00 “Commons Sense” report launch and panel discussion
We have reserved a private room at the nearby Mulberry Bush Pub from 17.30 - 19.30
We invite all delegates to join us for drinks and informal networking and discussion after the event.
There will be a cash bar, food will be provided.
When & Where
Shared Assets supports community management of woodlands, waterways, parks and green spaces. Our vision is the creation of a 21st century commons.