• 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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  • New commons group and public event: Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

    New commons group and public event: Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

    Llandeilo commons: invitation to join a formative group and public event in West Wales.

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  • Building a water commons for Stroud, Part 2

    Building a water commons for Stroud, Part 2

    part 2 of an interview (see video below for more details – well worth it!) with Julian Jones, a water engineer and distinguished fellow of the Schumacher Institute, who has worked and provided consultancy for water companies, NGOs, the Environment Agency, universities and governments.

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  • Building a water commons for Stroud, Part 1

    Building a water commons for Stroud, Part 1

    Here’s a summary of part 1 of an interview (see video below for more details – well worth it!) with Julian Jones, a water engineer and distinguished fellow of the Schumacher Institute

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  • Forming a ‘commoners’ group for every sector of the economy

    Forming a ‘commoners’ group for every sector of the economy

    This is the latest on our group’s attempts to build the commons economy in Stroud, in a way that can be implemented in other towns, and connected together to build the foundations of a new, commons economy. It covers what we’ve done so far, and how people can get involved.

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  • We’re putting our house into the ‘commons’ – Follow our progress

    We’re putting our house into the ‘commons’ – Follow our progress

    Housing is the ‘rock’ on which the commons economy can be built. Everybody needs it, it’s non-technical and it’s in a mess. Last year, my wife and I were selling a house in London and moving to Stroud. We were hearing stories from people in their 30s that we knew in London about the impossibility…

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  • Why we need the commons

    Why we need the commons

    My wife and I recently got chatting to a group of three 19-year olds in the garden of the Golden Fleece. After the initial pleasantries, things got deep quite quickly. One of them said that they’d decided not to have children, because there were horrors on the way that they didn’t think it fair to…

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  • Starting a commons group in Stroud

    Starting a commons group in Stroud

    The commons economy isn’t going to build itself. So a group of us in Stroud have come together to help build commons infrastructure here, and to document what happens so that it can be implemented in other towns too. Software now exists so that commons groups in different towns and regions can be connected to…

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