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P2P: Commons Councils

In this video Michel Bauwens of P2P Foundations outlines an array of models for Cities and Commons Councils to create and manage many kinds of Commons. The presentation includes varieties of commons organizations and governance, policies, finance, equity and social justice considerations, the role the municipal governments and the market, and ecology. Michel provides examples of Commons Councils that are successfully operating around Europe and North America.

On 20 September 2018, Michel Bauwens (Global Founder of Peer to Peer Foundation), was invited to conduct this workshop in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Attended by citizens, elected representatives, public servants, coop workers, ngo’s and Municipal Association of Victoria staff, the workshop was co-hosted and co-presented by facilitator and place-maker, Gilbert Rouchecoute from Village Well.

Video filmed by Paul Bishop (a councillor from Redland City, Queensland) and shared with permission.
15 Minute Interview with Michel Bauwens here:

This event was linked to the
National Sustainable Communities Summit 2018
as part of MAV’s #FOLG (Future of Local Government Project) mav.asn.au/what-we-do/sector-development/future-of-local-government

In 2017, #FOLG delegates adopted a Declaration/Manifesto (Search above link for more)

“We can’t continue with a system that creates wealth, but that’s also destroying the planet and creating so much social inequality. I think that after 400 years of this, we know it doesn’t work. We need a new system to reclaim all these communal values.”

Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property.

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