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more info, Commons Action,  Commons Cluster for the United Nations, at http://www.commonsactionfortheunitednations.org/un-rep-training/

The UN Training Part II will take place on Wednesday, April 3rd  9:00-11:00 am PDT; noon-2:00 pm EDT; 6:00-8:00 pm CET. 


The 2-hour training will consist of two equal parts

  1. A slide show on diverse aspects of the commons, as described below. This is open to all. No registration required
  2. A workshop with hands-on training in presenting a commons perspective in a UN context. The number of participants in the workshop is limited to 8 to give each an opportunity to practice . For this registration is required. The deadline for registration is Monday, April 1st noon PDT (3:00 pm EDT and 9:00 CET. (Registration form attached). Those wishing to attend will also be asked to complete an assignment to prepare for participation (See below).


Here is how to connect for all, including the actual workshop participants:


Go to
1. http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=39839403


2. Primary dial in number: (206) 402-0100
Secondary dial in number: (703) 344-2171

3. Guest pin code: 926179#


Please call in at least 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled time because complications with connecting tend to arise and it will be hard to connect you once the slide show has begun. To provide adequate time for practice, only those enrolled in the workshop will be able to participate actively. All others will be on mute.







Training Part II is meant for anyone who is interested in advocating a commons approach to dealing with issues the UN focuses on. This could take two forms: either by joining one of our teams and actually attending a UN conference, or else giving input from your own home where you can remain updated by our Instant Response Network.


Part I of this Training focused on the UN. Part II will focus on diverse aspects of the commons and on how a commons approach can be applied to the resolution of global problems as they emerge from global to local levels. The workshop will provide hands-on experience of presenting your commons approach to delegates and the UN in several steps.


Speakers will be:


Akiwa Gizzel, Director of Human Affect, who will speak on Indigenous Peoples, some special ways in which they make contact with Nature and their particular vulnerabilities and concerns when lobbying at the UN

Rob Wheeler, UN Representative of the Global Eco Villlage Network (GEN) and one of the leaders of the Commons Cluster will describe his personal experience of actually living in a commons community. He will also describe how GEN builds Ecovillages worldwide. For instance, 46000 are planned for Senegal.

Alanna Hartzok, MA, Director of the Earth Rights Institute will discuss the approach of Henry George and a commons approach to financing as a tool to help bring about sustainability.


Facilitator and designer of the Training and workshop: Dr. Lisinka Ulatowska. (Coordinator NGO Major Group Commons Cluster at the UN.)

Technical Director: Myra Jackson


Those wishing to participate in the workshop



1. complete the attached form and send it to  Lisinka.Ulatowska@gmail.com.

2. prepare for participation as follows:


  • download from  http://www.commonsactionfortheunitednations.org/un-rep-training/ the advocacy resource booklet: Growing the Commons Top-Down and Bottom-Up.
  • read Measures to Shift to an All-Win, Sustainable, Commons-Based Economy on page 50. This chapter also deals with measures to alleviate poverty.
  • Prepare a one-minute rationale for using a commons approach to a sustainable economy as if you were talking to a delegate. (You are free to adjust this to a particular country or just to delegates in general).
  • Make a list of measures that seem most important to you to mention to the delegate if s/he agrees to extend the conversation. In this way your prepared presentation will consist of two separate parts.

 We shall both practice our presentations and learn more about the measures you choose to bring up.


3. Please also listen to and watch the slide show section of Part I if you did not attend Training I or if you have not yet attended a UN conference on sustainability. The slide show can be found on: http://www.commonsactionfortheunitednations.org/un-rep-training/ by clicking in the grey section on Part One UN Decision Making/ view the page.


Please note: Part II is being held much later than planned. This made it possible for us to present speakers who would otherwise have been unavailable.


Part III will deal with Strategy and build on the work that the Commons Cluster will be preparing in the coming weeks.

With warmest greetings,

Lisinka Ulatowska
Dr. Lisinka UlatowskaCoordinator Commons Cluster and
Commons Action for the United Nations
UN Rep. Association of World Citizens;
Institute for Planetary Synthesis

All Win Network


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