Circulation of the Commons

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Saturday, 16th March 2013
Lockwood Building, Goldsmiths College
10.30am to 6.00pm

Speaker: Andre Pusey
Workshop led by: New Cross Commoners

Everybody welcome – Bring along a mug, a bowl and a spoon!

“The more we depend on money and markets to satisfy our needs and follow our desire, the more we are exposed to a vicious circle of dependency that pits livelihoods against each other.” (Massimo De Angelis)

10.30 am to 12.30pm – a talk by Andre Pusey on the Circulation of the Commons.
How are the urban commons produced, and what are the opportunities and threats to deepening and extending these processes of urban commoning? In this session we will attempt to uncover some of the ways we might think about circulating our common projects, as well as some of the potential obstacles to the long-term sustainability of urban commoning.

12.30pm to 2.00pm – communal cooking and lunch (vegan and gluten free)

2.00pm to 6.00pm – workshop session.

How to construct new modes of co-production and access to means of existence? A hands-on workshop to gather, explore and expand ideas of how the creation of social commons can reduce our dependency of the markets.

Together we will generate and develop ideas of how our everyday activities and resources could contribute to value-practices that differ from those of capital. To explore our ideas, we will improvise small-scale models to see what forms our creation of commons could take.

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Notes from the workshop day

Andre preparing to speak in the morning

Outline for the workshop in the afternoon

Commoning models constructed during the workshop


Mobile devices carrying and distributing water, cooking food that local shops would throw away, hosting people to have a rest or a chat, sheltering from rain… for a literal circulation of the commons in New Cross. Get locals involved in the construction of these devices in order to get them on board and to learn practical skills.


Commons, permaculture, post-industrial areas.


Images as commons


Commons and time


Commoning as produced in different parts of the world


Commons and sustainability


Commoning skills


Commons and the contemporary

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Commons and the boating community in Creekside. To use the storage space of the boats to store and exchange food and make the community stronger developing solidarity.


Commons and the cracks in architecture: to build communal spaces.


Commons and the relationship between metropolis and villages.

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Commoning in Telegraph Hill


Commons and the university: to grow food in the college campus, to have students halls where locals live together with students…


Bringing ideas together: to travel to different countries with little money and learn different ways of commoning, to use a camper to stay in different places we have connections with to develop a culture of commoning, to build a mobile brewery…


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