The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change: America’s coastal cities are preparing for legal battles over real estate that slips into the ocean

Houses along the flood zone in Dauphin Island, Ala. PHOTOGRAPHER: NICOLE CRAINE/BLOOMBERG By Christopher Flavelle, April 25, 2018, Bloomberg One April morning in 2016, Daryl Carpenter, a charter boat captain out of Grand Isle, La., took some clients to catch redfish on a marsh pond that didn’t use to exist. Coastal erosion and rising seas are submerging a football field’s worth of Louisiana land …

An interview on progressive governments and post-neoliberalism in Latin America

From the P2P Foundation blog, March 2018 When asked toward the end of the interview what the solutions are, the interviewees stress the importance of self-organised, bottom-up initiatives, alternative currencies and other topics familiar to readers of this blog. They also mention Cecosesola, the forward-thinking network of Venezuelan cooperatives, which we’ve featured as part of the Patterns of Commoning series. This English translation …

Previously undocumented language has rich vocabulary to describe sharing and cooperation and no words for buy or sell

By Ruby Irene Pratka February 21, 2018 on Shareable Linguists from Sweden’s Lund University have discovered a previously undocumented language with an unexpectedly rich vocabulary of words to describe sharing and cooperation. The research conducted by Niclas Burenhult and Joanne Yager, published in “Linguistic Typology” and summarized on the popular science website IFL Science, explores the Jedek language, spoken by a community of about …

Free access to locally grown food for everyone – movement has turned all the public spaces, from the front yard of a police station to railway stations, into farms filled with edible herbs and vegetables for all

By Khushboo Balwani February 6, 2018 on Shareable Here’s the problem: The rapid expansion of cities is breaking the relationship that people have with the food ecosystem. Although the problem is receiving attention by some city officials, and they are adopting new sustainability programs and policies, it is a time-consuming, top-down process with an uncertain impact. What if with a bottom-up approach of …

Rights of Nature and Community Rights movement in corporate crosshairs

Excerpt from Inside Climate News Since the dawn of the environmental movement, polluters have faced resistance from local residents and environmental advocates. But as industry encroached deeper into the natural world, a new legal movement emerged to end the centuries-old American legal tradition that defined nature as property. Most community activism has focused on trying to influence environmental agency decision-making, and …

A Populism of Hope Begins When People Feel Their Own Power: At work behind almost any great social movement is an engine of counter-economy

Published on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in YES! Magazine and Common Dreams, by Nathan Schneider At the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, attended by an estimated 200,000 people, a group heads down a street carrying protest signs. Dr. Martin Luther King can be seen on the left side at the head of the group. August 28, 1963 (Photo: © CORBIS/Corbis via …

Commons Transition Primer – short version

You are not likely to encounter a more welcoming set of texts and infographics to introduce the commons and peer production than the Commons Transition Primer website! The new site features four types of materials suited different levels of interest: short Q&A-style articles with illustrations; longer, in-depth articles for the more serious reader; a library of downloaded PDF versions of research …

“Being the Change”: daily practices of a happy, good community

In his new book, NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus explores the daily practices that build healthy, happy, and resilient communities. Peter Kalmus posted Jan 09, 2018 It can be hard to find hope in climate change mitigation. But that’s exactly what NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus does in Being the Change. While he’s not your typical government scientist—he commutes by bicycle, …

Minimum Viable Structure: Organisational Scaffolding to Get Out of Emergency Mode. For activists, startups, and NGOs: 8 lightweight interventions to get a working team to shift from sprint to marathon.

By Richard Bartlett, 2017 I had a phone call last night with a friend in Houston. They’re doing emergency relief work in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. In their words, West Street Recovery is: “a grassroots organization of people from diverse backgrounds, collaborating to leverage our skills and personal networks toward immediate disaster relief. We’re now transitioning to long term …