Cultural commons for a culture of commons?
Briget, to add to your answer to Nadia, this article describes quite well the relationship between the ethos or culture of commons and the cultural commons that enable the former to develop… so if we look at the broader sense of culture as the means to diffuse and strengthen an ethos of the commons (cultural commons -the means- for a culture of commons -the ethos- ) and the ethos itself then could we make ourselves better understood?
In particular, the article provides the following definition:
“The commons describes a social practice that unleashes people’s capacity to create things together and take their lives and livelihood into their own hands. It is a social form that has long lived in the shadows of our market culture, but which is now on the rise.”
This is one aspect of the commons, creation in the wide sense, which provides the ‘energy’ to hold the whole social fabric together.
Quilligan defines the commons as the collective heritage of humanity, the shared – natural, genetic, material, intellectual, digital, social and cultural – resources that we inherit or create, vital for our sustenance and livelihood, our individual expression and purpose, our social cohesion, quality of life and well-being, commons also embody the relationships between people, communities and these shared resources.
So the commons come under the form of
- 'objects' or 'assets' inherited or created that are shared in common and serve a livelihood (natural & cultural resources, genetic and biologic diversity, knowledge, etc) theat people can take care of, nurture, replenish
- ways of being and doing in common (caring, sharing, in connection with others with empathy, equity, justice, mindfulness...)
- outcomes (well being, health, instruction, quality of life, prosperity, abundance) these become 'inputs' for the next generation, so it's a cycle...
So the two streams you suggest could be formulated as a sequence:
- How can a culture of commons in a wider sense help communities and policy makers weather the effects of the crisis, overcome the effects of austerity and build resilience etc, by by helping communities take part of their livelihood in their own hands... How can policy serve the commons and commons serve polity? What would this require from policy makers and existing institutions? (this one a bit wider than your suggestion culture can be an 'live' example?)
- How can existing institutions (including cultural and knowledge ones) be further encouraged in order to develop a culture of the commons and capacities for community livelihood.
The breakout session could focus on deepening these two questions.
The practical outcome that we should seek is more clarity from policy makers of what they can do in concrete terms.
What does it involve/take from policy makers to help the emergence of a Commons ethos/culture and the adoption of commons based policy?