Category Archives: International Association for the Study of the Commons

Where drains have names

The Valais canton is the driest part of Switzerland and the inhabitants depend on an irrigation system gathering water from the glaciers. Continue reading

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Alpine commoning

I learnt about commoning in the Alps on a walk from Blatten in Switzerland’s Valais region. Continue reading

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An airport in three nations

I am in Switzerland for the European conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons Continue reading

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Tragedy of errors

I have signed up for email alerts from parliament when the words ‘common land’ are mentioned in Hansard.  And so I learnt of a reference to common land which was buried deep in a costive debate in the House of Lords on … Continue reading

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A visit to the First Nations in their own land

The banausic cry of the red-winged blackbird serenaded us as we stood on the shores of Lake Wakamne, 72 kilometres north-west of Edmonton, and learnt how the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation had settled here.  It was the day of the … Continue reading

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Prize for a plucky pressure-group

Two weeks ago in Edmonton I was thrilled to present the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Award to a most impressive organisation.  AMAN, the Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago, won the award for practitioners.  It works across Indonesia to defend community rights to the commons.   … Continue reading

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Promoting practitioners on the commons

Our commons need both practitioners and academics.  I am keen that the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) should embrace both.  Up to now it has been more of an academic organisation than a practical one.  The commons (in the … Continue reading

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