The "Commons in the House of Commons" event on 8 May points the way out of the economic crisis

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The School of Commoning, a London-based Community Interest Company will launch its 12-seminar educational campaign for a commons-based, fair and thrivable economy and social renewal, with an opening in the House of Commons on 8 May.

THE COMMONS is the gifts of nature and society; the wealth we inherit or create together and must pass on, undiminished or enhanced, to our children; a sector of the economy that complements and counterweights the corporate sector.

Michael Meacher, Member of the Parliament, will host in the House of Commons the launch of a 12-seminar series on The Emergence of a Commons-based Economy, jointly organized by the Christian Council for Monetary Justice and the School of Commoning, on 8th May, 11:00-13:00. The focus of the opening event in HoC is "Political Economy and the Inclusive Commons."

The launch event’s description and link to register can be found here:

The seminars of this programme, using 12 different starting points, will address questions like: What power does the concept of the “commons” have for creating a world that sees wellbeing, social justice and environmental equilibrium central to its values?

The 12 seminars, facilitated by James Quilligan, worldwide renowned commons economist, will explore the commons from various perspectives, reflecting the interest of the organisations convening each event. Their list include the New Economics Foundation, the Finance Innovation Lab, the Institute for Public Policy Research, St. James’s Piccadilly, the Civil Society Forum, and the Westminster Hub.

Each seminar will concentrate on a distinctive question such as.

  •     How would a commons approach shape the future of finance?
  •     Can science of complex systems help us manage the local and global commons better?
  •     How can we adjust our organizational models, systems and ways of working to better

        steward the commons?

The output of the seminars will provide the material for an online toolkit comprised of a film, an e-book and a knowledge map. It will be part of the resources offered by the Convergence for a Commons-Based Economy to be launched at the closure of the seminar series, 18th May, and financed through a crowdfunding campaign. More details are available on the programme’s crowdfunding site:

A full description and infographic is available on the event’s website:

James Bernard Quilligan has served as policy advisor and writer for many international politicians and leaders, including Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterand, Edward Heath, Julius Nyerere, Olof Palme, Willy Brandt, Jimmy Carter and HRH Prince El Hassan of Jordan. He has also been an economic consultant for agencies in more than 30 countries. Quilligan is a co-founder of Global Commons Trust and has launched the Commons Action for the United Nations (CAUN), which has been successful in introducing the concepts of the commons into UN discussions and documents. Quilligan’s articles have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Manchester Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, the Economist, World Press Review, Tikkun, and other books and publications. He is also a musician and composer.

During his visit in London, 7th-20th May, Quilligan will be available for interview by qualified media outlets. To arrange for an interview opportunity or for further information, please contact:

Anna Betz, Co-founder of the School of Commoning
Tel: 0208 9899940
Mob: 07731 584358

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