Making Worlds: a Commons Coalition is a collaborative effort by Occupy Wall St and other groups and individuals to explore the utility of the commons in creating a better world. It brings projects working to reclaim the commons to the fore of the Occupy movement. Commons can be defined as resources managed and sustained by the communities that make use of them. The commons belong to the 99% yet are endangered by privatization and commodification. Making Worlds grows out of an understanding that Occupy itself is a form of commoning, a process in which everyone can participate, every voice can contribute, an open movement that belongs to no one and to everyone. Through holding conversations in communities around the city among organizations, activists and others, we aim to create links between the Occupy movement, the Commons movement, activist organizations and people who may not consider themselves activists. This way we can become visible to each other and work together on our common problems.
We organized our second Making Worlds Forum, “BUILDING THE COMMONS”, (March 29-30, 2013), a 2 day conversation on how to build spaces and projects for a politics, technology, culture, and an economy of, by and for the 99%. We are currently working on a common document on Building the Commons in NYC – A toolbox.
Come join the conversation. Welcome to the Paradigm Shift! Everyone’s invited!
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We usually meet on Saturdays from 4pm-7pm every 2 weeks. Updated information on the upcoming meetings are posted on the website days before (look at the bar located on the right).
“Making Worlds: a Commons Coalition” was formed during the occupation of Zuccotti Park in order to bring projects working to reclaim the commons to the fore of the Occupy movement.
Initially Occupy Wall St (OWS) focused on protests against corporate greed and income inequality. However, many OWS supporters understand the movement as a way of creating solutions to inequality and envisioning a future inspired by the concept of the “commons.” Commons can be defined as resources managed and sustained by the communities that make use of them. The commons belong to the 99% yet are endangered by privatization and commodification.
We invite you to participate in a conversation to explore, strengthen, and connect our efforts, projects, and lives through practices of commoning. A core of commoning practices has always sustained human life. This is a call to envision new ways of organizing our lives and our activism through the lens of the commons.
WHAT WE DO
We have been working on different lines of research and actions:
b) Collective History Mapping: Making worlds, making histories
d) Forum on the commons
e) A commons manual
d) Participate in OWS events
More information on each of this can be found on our Facebook page
THE 2n FORUM ON THE COMMONS