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Constructing a Commons-Based Policy Platform" November, 1st and 2nd, 2010 in Berlin/Germany

Via Silke Helfrich:

Save The Date for the International Commons Conference (ICC)
"Constructing a Commons-Based Policy Platform"
November, 1st and 2nd, 2010
in Berlin/Germany

For information please contact:
Silke Helfrich, helfrich@boell.de ; phone: 0049-3641-509536

Berlin, April 23, 2010

Dear all,

Greetings from the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs),
http://www.boell.de/service/home.html (English) and http://www.boell.de/
The Foundation is a publicly financed non-profit organization affiliated
with the German Greens, but working independently with partners of our
choice. We are represented with 25 offices worldwide.
The International Politics Department within the Divison of
International Cooperation, has initiated plans for an International
Commons Conference to take place in November in our Headquarters in
With this announcement we seek your interest, active support and

We are happy to inform you that a number of well-known commoners such as
Peter Linebaugh (University of Toledo, US), Leticia Merino
(International Association for the Study of Commons; Mexico); Wolfgang
Sachs (Wuppertal Institut; Germany); Alberto Acosta (economist and
politician, Ecuador) James Quilligan (international analyst, USA),
Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation, Thailand/Belgium), David Bollier
(Onthecommons.org; USA) and many others already confirmed their

The conference will be held November 1st and 2nd, 2010 in Berlin at
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.
Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin
Fon: (030) 285 34-0
Fax: (030) 285 34-109

International arrivals will be on Sunday, October 31 at the latest, and
departures may be planned for Wednesday, November 03.


The conference seeks to bring together a diverse group of about 150
international and Germany/European based commoners, intellectuals,
activists and policy makers. Over the course of two days, the
conference will:

Assess the range of existing and potential commons-based policy
approaches and their respective strengths, limitations and potential for
wider application.
Develop the fundamentals of a policy framework that supports the
commons. The framework should be able to serve as a template for
policymaking and political action as well as for providing ways for
people to earn a livelihood.
Identify and explore specific strategic opportunities to advance
commons-based approaches. These opportunities should address the various
interlinked political, economic, ecological and social challenges at
regional, national and international levels.
The conference will provide excellent opportunities for the community of
international commoners to share ideas, expand their networks, and find
common ground.

The simple yet powerful and complex question to be explored throughout
the conference is: What does a commons-based policy framework look
like? What already exists and what do we still need to develop to
nurture and protect diverse sorts of commons?

We are currently working on a draft program that we wish to share with
you as soon as possible.
We hope you can join us! We will be sending a formal invitation later,
but for our planning purposes, it would be very useful if you could
inform us of your actual or potential interest in participating in the

Languages: Conference language is English.
Translation English/Spanish – Spanish/English is provided throughout the
Translation English/German – German/English is provided only during the
public evening event on November 1st and in case of individual need

Principles: The conference is designed to enhance:
Participation and self-organization
Stewardship, cooperation and networking
Open, non-linear ways to search for solutions

The organisers are planning:
a limited number of keynotes and kickoff speakers
sufficient space for creative work in small groups
“speed presentations” about projects (let us know if you are interested
in a speed presentation of your project or network towards a commons
based policy platform!)
Open space for self-organized networking

Please let us know by May 20th at helfrich@boell.de whether you are
interested in participating in the conference and contributing your
ideas and projects.

The first program draft will follow asap along with information on
We furthermore welcome your recommendations of more experts and
activists who in your opinion would add important flavour to our
conference and should thus also be invited.
We enthusiastically encourage your participation and look forward to
receiving your feed-back.

PS: I apologize for having sent multiple mails to some people due to
technical problems.

Best regards
Silke Helfrich
for the ICC Team
Heinrich Böll Stiftung

07745 Jena

Tel: +49 3641 / 509536
handy: +49 157 / 73980187
e-mail: helfrich@boell.de

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