Jean Lievens: Open Co-Operativism

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Toward an Open Co-Operativism

Pat Conaty and David Bollier, Commons Transition

“The power of open source principles, now proven beyond a doubt, is rapidly proliferating into many other areas of culture, production and social life.  The prospect of more participatory, socially convivial forms of production – accountable to communities and mindful of the larger common good – has never seemed more achievable.  Still, there are important organizational, legal and financial hurdles to overcome – not to mention cultural and political differences – that must be dealt with if co-operatives are to find common ground with digital commoners and peer producers.  Fortunately, there are emerging models such as multi-stakeholder cooperatives that could be vehicles for such cooperation.” Read full paper.

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Feb 11

Jim Rough: To Facilitate a National Conversation

Jim Rough

Jim Rough

Since 1993 we’ve been experimenting with a strategy for convening this kind of large-­‐system conversation and we are excited at how well our approach is working, and the prospect for how it can work at the national and global levels. Our approach is different than the one described in the Project paper, however. And it’s different from “Deliberative Democracy” approaches in general because it aims for a creative conversation, rather than one that is deliberative. This requires a different set of facilitation skills and understandings about group process.

PDF (7 Pages): To Facilitate a National Conversation

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Jan 16

Electoral Reform Act of 2015 — Our Capital Demand (Includes Graphic & Demand Documents)

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Dec 19

ANSWERS 2014 Robert Steele with Pierre Cloutier on Smart Nations and the Future of Quebec

Pierre Cloutier

Pierre Cloutier

Robert, you are the originator of the concept of a Smart Nation, with your article in 1996 published in the Government Information Quarterly, entitled “Creating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, and Information.” Quebec is a nation, recognized by Canada, with a distinct culture, a distinct geography, and perhaps a distinct future.

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Dec 19