• Bath presentation: introducing the commons

    Bath presentation: introducing the commons

    Dil (Mutual Credit Services), Amrit and I (Stroud Commons) were invited to give a presentation at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, about the budding commons economy, on January 9th this year. Dil talked about the philosophy of commoning, I talked about the basic ideas behind the new ‘commoners movement’, and Amrit talked about…

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  • Explaining the commons economy

    Explaining the commons economy

    The word ‘commons’ can mean different things to different people. We’ve been working with specialists to help build the commons economy, so we’d like to concisely describe what we mean, and how you can join us. What is the commons economy? It’s an economy in which the essentials of life – housing, energy, land, food,…

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  • Growing and Feeding: you’re invited to a meeting about food in Stroud

    Growing and Feeding: you’re invited to a meeting about food in Stroud

    Nick Weir of Stroud Commons land/food/water group and the Open Food Network would like to invite you to a meeting of growers and distributors to create a pathway for increasing demand, funding, land, sharing equipment, labour and expertise. Date and time Sunday, January 21, 2024 · 1 – 4:30pm GMT Location Trinity Rooms, Stroud, UK,…

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  • Helping commons groups form and grow in Stroud and other towns (and countries)

    Helping commons groups form and grow in Stroud and other towns (and countries)

    Commons ideas have gone down well in Stroud and we have thriving groups in various sectors. We’ve been approached by formative groups in several towns in the UK and in other countries.

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  • A model for building an energy commons

    A model for building an energy commons

    This is a draft outline of a design for an energy commons in any town – an energy sector owned by communities, providing affordable, locally-generated, renewable energy.

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  • Restanza and cultural commons

    Restanza and cultural commons

    We’d like to see the commons economy grow to allow people (especially young people) to stay in their communities, rather than having to move to big cities to work in the corporate sector and pay extortionate rents. Here, Paul Jennings (who we’re liaising with about the commons in Llandeilo) talks about the concept of ‘Restanza’…

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  • ‘Bear ye one another’s burdens’: friendly societies for social welfare

    ‘Bear ye one another’s burdens’: friendly societies for social welfare

    I’d heard of friendly societies – small groups of local people who would put some money into a shared pot every week, and use it to look after families when the breadwinner was unable to work, for any reason. I thought that these little local insurance schemes were socially useful, but marginal. I was wrong.…

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  • Free sociocracy training for community activists, Nov 19, Trinity Rooms

    Free sociocracy training for community activists, Nov 19, Trinity Rooms

    This workshop is primarily for people working on various aspects of Stroud Commons, but we’ve opened it up to anyone working to build community resilience – first come, first served.

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  • Decentralising power: the why, what, how and who of growing the commons economy

    Decentralising power: the why, what, how and who of growing the commons economy

    Why we need to replace capitalism with a commons economy; who will do it and how.

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  • Launching a ‘Climbing commons’: a community-owned climbing centre

    Launching a ‘Climbing commons’: a community-owned climbing centre

    We’re following the exploits of Stroud Commons, in trying to build a commons economy for the town, and helping groups to launch in other towns. As well as a core group, there are now groups forming for various sectors of the economy, including housing, energy, land/food/water, community spaces – and now, climbing!

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