When:
4th October 2018 – 12th October 2018 all-day Europe/Amsterdam Timezone
2018-10-04T00:00:00+02:00
2018-10-13T00:00:00+02:00
Where:
across the globe; see map at bottom of this page
Contact:
IASC
+31 30 253 63 28

The year 2018 will mark fifty years since Garrett Hardin published his Tragedy of the Commons article in Science. Although Hardin discussed open and unregulated access rather than commons governance, his article helped to launch wide-ranging commons research and practice in many thematic areas, including water, forests, fisheries and marine settings, the global atmosphere, infrastructure, urban and rural areas, technology and software, and in knowledge sharing and co-production.

What has become apparent from this past half-century of scholarship, and what Hardin did not recognize, is that a wide range of shared resources can be sustainably managed through commons governance approaches.  In addition, analysis of large scale regional and global environmental problems through the ‘lens’ of commons governance may offer pathways to alternative solutions to some of the most intractable problems facing society today.

In recognition of the past half-century of commons scholarship, and to raise awareness of the nature,  practice, and potential of commons governance around the globe, the IASC is organizing a global “International Commons Awareness Week,” scheduled for October 4–12, 2018.

The week will have three major components. We invite you to participate in any of the scheduled events. More details about how to participate can be found below; please note this info will be updated in the course of time.

Given the global nature of the proposed events, we also welcome non-English speakers, and local  events held in the local language.  Please contact the IASC organizers directly for more details.


(Part 1) Policy Seminar and Conference (Washington, D.C. , October 4-5, 2018).

October 4: Policy Seminar at IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute)

Main focus of this seminar will be on key developments in policy and practice to secure rural and urban commons.

Organizer

Call for Participation

More info will follow soon.

 

October 5: Conference "Celebrating Commons Scholarship" (Georgetown University)

This conference will draw on the expertise of scholars across disciplines, from both within and beyond Georgetown University, to illustrate the breadth and richness of commons scholarly inquiry.

Organizers

Call for Participation

More information on this event will be available on this page in due time.

If you already want to express your interest in the event, send an email with brief information about your interest to Prof. Foster.


(Part 2) Current commons issues & activities (wide range of events at various locations in the world, October 8-12, 2018)

These globally distributed, locally organized events will vary in topic and function, driven by individual organizer interests and contexts and can take place anytime during the period of October 8–12th, 2018.

Examples of local events might include:

  • teach-ins on commons-related subjects;
  • talks delivered by local scholars or commons practitioners on specific commons-related topics;
  • local mini-conferences, local workshops on commons practice or activism;
  • or simply sessions to participate collectively in one or more of the noon-time webinars (described in Part 3 below).

At the bottom of this page is a list (and a map) of local events we have confirmed so far — and we want many more!

Organizer

Call for Participation

Organize your own Commons Awareness Week event affiliated with this global coordinated event, and let us know by completing this short Google Form, or e-mail the organizer.


(Part 3) 'The commons around the globe'- 24 hours Webinars on Commons Research and Practice (online, October 12, 2018)

We are in the process of identifying up to 24 speakers, each to give a webinar at the noon hour of many (if not all) time zones worldwide during this final day of the week-long event. Webinars will be recorded and later published on the IASC website.

We intend to use this Webinar Marathon as starting point for a series of webinars in the future.

Call for Participation

More info will follow.



Confirmed events


October 4, Policy Seminar, IFPRI, Washington DC (US)

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Contact: Ruth Meinzen-Dick


October 5, Conference "Celebrating Commons Scholarship" (Georgetown University), Washington DC (US)

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Contact: Sheila Foster


October, Local event, PLAAS Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, Cape Town (South-Africa)

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More info will follow.

Contact: Everisto Mapedza


October, Local event, University of Florida, Department of Anthropology

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More info will follow.

Contact: Catherine M. Tucker


October, Local event, School of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (US)

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More info will follow.

Contact: Charles S. Schweik


October, Local event, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham (UK)

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More info will follow.

Contact: John Powell


October, Local event, Institute of Social Sciences - National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIS-UNAM), México City

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More info will follow.

Contact: Leticia Merino

 


IASC Global Commons Awareness Week (October 2018, various locations)