top of page

R&D for commoning

Nobel prizewinner Elinor Ostrom got her 2009 award for investigating commons as a widely occurring form of economic organisation that runs against conventional liberal, market-economic rationality: The Tragedy of the Commons: How Elinor Ostrom Solved One of Life's Greatest Dilemmas, Wikipedia - Elinor Ostrom.


However, my purpose here is not to present  a gloss on ’theory’ or current research, but rather to move towards a framing of ‘commoning’ practice informed by rigorous conceptualisation - a ‘theory-of-practice’ frame - in the form of a pattern language.

There’s a great deal of practice-oriented R&D for the commons - see for example, P2P Foundation wiki, commons transition wiki, P2Plab, Remix the commons and work by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, see below.

In an obvious way this project hooks up with the FoP RoP project, 1-Making the use value economy. A self-consciously developed, well-governed use-value economy is an economy of commons; a pattern language for commoning is a pattern language for making the use-value economy; the use-value economy is a core element in the pattern language's architecture.


This present 2-Commoning project  stands in a close relationship to that of David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, presented in their significant books: The Wealth of the Commons - A world beyond market & state, Patterns of commoning and their federated wiki of work in progress - more below xxx.

Within the commoning language, the FoP RoP project                   3-Platforming has particular significance, for the sphere of advanced present-day, peer-to-peer literacy in facilitation and the dance of knowing on local and global scales.

bottom of page