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Elinor “Lin” Ostrom (born Elinor Claire Awan; August 7, 1933 – June 12, 2012) was an American political economist whose work was associated with the New Institutional Economics and the resurgence of political economy. In 2009, she shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Oliver E. Williamson for “her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons”. To date, she remains the only woman to win The Prize in Economics.

Online in Google+, in forums all over the internet, in Youtube videos, there are people writing and talking about the opposite of the current government/commerce hegemony as defined in Systems of Survival by Jane Jacobs.

There is an expectation of a sudden tipping point in the natural and human systems away from top secret, intellectual property, copyright, capitalism for the 1%, me the consumer, and an evolution of the Commons, Open-Source Everything, We the Community.

The Commons.ca Organizations that thrive in the future will do so because they understand the power of the commons. We see this already, especially online. The shared economy of open source is is winning out over siloed corporations. New social movements are more about networks than organizations. As knowledge becomes our most powerful currency, these scenarios will play out again and again – both off and on line.

References: Systems of Survival by Jane Jacobs basic model for symbiosis between government and commerce.

Open-Source Everything Manifesto by Robert David Steele


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    Full pdf document reference: Governing the Commons - The evolution of institutions for collective action, ELINOR OSTROM Indiana University, 1990, 20th printing 2002

    other links: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2011-11-04/elinor-ostrom-outlines-best-strategies-managing-commons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elinor_Ostrom

    8 Principles for Managing a Commons

    1. Define clear group boundaries.

    2. Match rules governing use of common goods to local needs and conditions.

    3. Ensure that those affected by the rules can participate in modifying the rules.

    4. Make sure the rule-making rights of community members are respected by outside authorities.

    5. Develop a system, carried out by community members, for monitoring members’ behavior.

    6. Use graduated sanctions for rule violators.

    7. Provide accessible, low-cost means for dispute resolution.

    8. Build responsibility for governing the common resource in nested tiers from the lowest level up to the entire interconnected system.


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      We are in the era of networks of committed people sharing values. This is shaping a new form of economy. The XX century dominance of corporations will be declining during XXI century by the emergence of movements working in networked organization of professionals, based on knowledge relationships.

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        is it really going to be based on ‘knowledge relationships’? I am wondering whether it really could be conceived of as ‘learning relationships’ where knowledge is something that is created between people rather than only a ‘resource’. Or did I misinterpret you?

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          tomhitchman, ‘knowledge relationships’ and ‘learning relationships’ Yes, “knowledge” accumulation was the education system up until recently. Maker Spaces, problem based learning (PBL), constructivism, and many other educational terms are being used to shift the education system so that students form learning relationships. Universities have created many small labs for students to use to tinker, invent, create a product, make things, and all the while they are accumulating learning relationships with the people, tools, equipment, materials, sources of information, etc. An Open-Everything is now found at your local University.

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          From Wikipedia: “The sharing economy (sometimes also referred to as the peer-to-peer economy, mesh, collaborative economy, collaborative consumption) is a socio-economic system built around the sharing of human and physical resources.”

          Perfect examples of Red Herring are your references to “a sharing economy” and to the presstv article about Germany. Both are misleading and distractions from the topic referenced above. Words get in the way of a conversation.