[A2k] Publication: A Commons Approach to European Knowledge Policy
sophie at commonsnetwork.eu
Wed Jul 8 01:38:01 PDT 2015
Dear All, I would like to share our paper on a Commons approach to
European knowledge policy with you. Sorry for cross posting.
The Commons is a space between private wealth and the political state in
which humanity can democratically govern its most precious wealth: our
planet, our communities and our health.This paper describes how the
commons perspective can contribute to long-overdue EU policy
discussions. It outlines the compelling logic, benefits and ethics of a
commons approach to knowledge, with an emphasis on how that could
improve policy in certain areas such as health, the environment, science
and culture, and the Internet.
A commons approach embraces knowledge as a shared resource and its
management a joint responsibility. Rather than a narrow focus on
intellectual property or economic value alone, this perspective requires
us to attempt a more comprehensive understanding of value and policies
that serve the common good.
Commons thinking takes a community and ecosystem perspective, placing
issues of stewardship, social equity and long-term sustainability at the
forefront of policy. The approach allows us to go beyond a purely
individual rights- and market-oriented worldview: the very perspective
that many consider to be at the root of current economic and
environmental crises. Instead of conceiving of society as a mere
collection of atomized individuals principally living as consumers,
commons thinking points to the reality of people’s lives as deeply
embedded in communities, social relationships and their natural
As such a commons approach embraces the new opportunities for civic
participation, nonmarket self-provisioning and reduced inequality as
well as greater de-centralized innovation. The perspective points
towards policies that favor open sharing of knowledge and alternative
incentive models that could make medicines far more affordable; generate
more useful, localized environmental technologies; and facilitate more
knowledge transfers to a Global South struggling to meet basic human needs.
/'Europe & the Commons: A Commons Approach to European Knowledge Policy'
is a publication by Commons Network and the Heinrich Böll Foundation./
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