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Call for (Contributions to) Practicioners' Labs XVI Biennial Conference 'Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation and Institutional Change - deadline March 31, 2017

The organizers of the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference ‘Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change’ (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017), hosted by the Institutions for Collective Action- research team and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University, today have issued a Call for Contributions to Practitioners' Labs. Proposals can be submitted via the Conference Module starting today; final deadline is March 31, 2017.

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Call for Proposals for organizing IASC Biennial Conference 2019

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is now accepting preliminary proposals from individuals/organizations interested in HOSTING our 17th Biennial Conference in 2019.

IASC Biennial Conferences bring together commons scholars and practitioners from around the world. Very soon the organizers of the XVI Biennial Conference of the IASC (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) will be launching their call for papers, but the IASC Secretariat is already looking for enthusiastic organizers for the 2019 Biennial Conference, given the size of these meetings and the preparation it takes.

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New special issue International Journal of the Commons out now

Editors-in-Chief Frank van Laerhoven and Michael Schoon are pleased to announce the publication of Volume 10, Issue 2, of the International Journal of the Commons. This issue contains no less than three special issues of papers, apart from the regular research papers and book reviews.

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Call for papers - 6th EMES International Research Conference 'Social enterprise for sustainable societies' (Louvain-la-Neuve, July 3-6, 2017) - deadline January 9, 2017

The EMES International Research Network, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Research Centre  on  Work,  State  and  Society  (CIRTES,  Université  Catholique  de  Louvain)  and  the  Belgian Interuniversity Attraction Pole on Social Enterprise (IAP‐SOCENT), is pleased to announce the 6th EMES International Research Conference on the theme "Social enterprise for  sustainable  societies", July  3‐6,  2017,  at  the  Université  Catholique de Louvain (Louvain‐la‐Neuve, Belgium).

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Call for Proposals for hosting and organizing Regional and Thematic IASC-Conferences 2017-2018 - deadline 15 March 2017

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is now accepting preliminary proposals from individuals/organizations interested in hosting and organizing Regional and Thematic IASC-Conferences for 2017-2018. Hosting these conferences are an excellent way to put your institution into the spotlights of commons' practitioners and researchers.

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Triodos Foundation new supporting member of IASC

As of June 2016, Triodos Foundation has joined the IASC as supporting member for the period 2016-2020. Triodos Foundation has over 40 years of experience within working with gift money for the purpose of a sustainable society and a greater quality of life. Triodos Foundation's aim is to stimulate national and international initiatives that instigate social renewal, especially in organic farming, development, the environment, sustainable energy, arts and culture, education and health care.

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GOVENPRO Conference on Environmental Commons (Paris, 15-16 Nov. 2016)

IASC-member Fabien Locher is the main organizer of the conference entitled 'The environmental commons: communities, practices and institutions. Historical approaches, France and the French colonial empire, 17th-20th centuries', which will be held in Paris, 15-16 November 2016. This conference, resulting from and supported by the GOVENPRO-project, will be devoted to the history of environmental commons in France and its colonial empire from the17th to the 20th century

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IASC endorses Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

The global call to action is a campaign of the Rights and Resources Initiative and multiple partners to support the communal land rights of indigenous people and communities. The campaign calls for doubling the land area legally recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous people and communities by 2020. On the 8th of march 2016, the International Association for the Commons endorsed and signed the "Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights" in The Hague, together with more than 300 organizations worldwide.

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Managing our Common Resources - Course series

Development of the ‘Commons Management and Governance’ Short Course Series continues with two courses being offered starting in September 2015 lasting 8 weeks. These are low-cost, distance learning short courses aimed at raising awareness and understanding of commons issues around the world.

The course will be delivered through distance- learning approaches making use of video and audio materials, readings, on-line activities, and group discussion forums, enabling participants to learn from one another as well as from the tutors.

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