What is a Resource?



What do we mean when we talk about resources in the context of commoning?

How do commoning practices imply a reframing of the notion of resources that moves beyond the narrow limits of reductive economism?

Can thinking in terms of resources distort commoning practices through the lens of capitalistic economic efficiency?

You are all invited to join us on Saturday 28th November 2015 at 3:30pm to think about some of these questions and more. The session will take place in the Common Company Cafe at The Field, 385 Queens Road


The session will discuss how we can think about resources in the context of commoning. The aim will be to explore how commoning practices problematize, expand and move beyond more traditional conceptions of resources and their efficient management and organization.

We will examine on Gustavo Esteva’s text ‘Commoning in the new society’ in which he argues that commons are not resources and to treat them as such remains trapped within the capitalist paradigm of effective resource management.

The sections we will focus on are: “Is it the economy, stupid?” (p. i147-9), the list of the different forms of ‘social commons’ (p. i155-56), and the conclusion (i156-8).

The text is available here: http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/content/49/suppl_1/i144.full.pdf+html

The session will take place during the Common Company Café at The Field, 385 Queen’s Road, New Cross, SE14 5HD.

You can join the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522635934725420/


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