12 Jun 2011

#SpanishRevolution, and the Commons Here and Now

Its commons or catastrophe, I believe.

Going to take part in this splendid event, hope some of my readers do too....spread the word

24 June · 13:00 - 17:00
SOAS - School of Oriental and African Studies London, Woburn Suite Large Room (B102)
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, United Kingdom

“In the beginning, nobody, not the traditional media, nor the big parties thought that it was a significant event. On May 15, a demonstration was called for in the main Spanish cities under the slogan “Real democracy now!” By Sunday evening, the main Spanish squares were full of people shouting and calling for more democratic participation and more transparency in political decisions. Since then, they have occupied Puerta del Sol, the central square in Madrid and a democratic virus has begun to sweep through the rest of the country.”

What can we learn from them? How can lessons from the Spanish Revolution contribute to the transition to a
post capitalist , commons-based society?

“The Commons is the social and political space where things get done and where people have a sense of belonging and have an element of control over their lives, providing sustenance, security and independence. Commons are organised around resources that are collectively owned or shared between or among populations. It gives voice to civil society and helps us to learn new social practices, imagine a political, economic and social system beyond capitalism or communism. It is beyond party politics or other sectarian beliefs and practices.” (Wikipedia)

What are the self-organisation and self-governance principles of the Commons, present in the practices of the Spanish Revolution?

The School of Commoning invites you to a workshop to explore and experience what commoning is about, and how the evolution of our consciousness and society relate to each other.

The Spanish revolution is beyond any revolution that has come before. Beyond ideology right or left. Beyond Capitalism. Beyond Communism. Stirring from within the hearts of ordinary people far and wide, a deeply human urge to reach for our highest potentials. Thresholds being reached, a yearning for something new. Convergence of social online and offline peer to peer networks as our new operating system.

Events of the present are calling us to co-create the future as it emerges from them.

Donation: £10
email: markjagdev@gmail.com

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