27 episodes

A monthly conversation with creative activists pioneering new forms of commoning.

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A monthly conversation with creative activists pioneering new forms of commoning.

    Stephan Harding on Gaia Alchemy & the Animate Earth

    Stephan Harding on Gaia Alchemy & the Animate Earth

    Dr. Stephan Harding, a cofounder of Schumacher College (England) and senior lecturer in holistic science, is a pioneering scientist focused on earth sciences, deep ecology, and the theory of Gaia. His work stands on the shoulders of his friend and colleague James Lovelock, the originator of Gaia theory, and microbiologist Lynn Margulis, who bravely championed the idea of symbiosis as a driving force in evolution. In his new book, 'Gaia Alchemy: The Reuniting of Science, Psyche, and Soul,' Harding explores how Gaia manifests itself in human consciousness, feelings, and soul, and how Jungian depth psychology and the history of medieval alchemy can guide us to new insights.

    • 50 min
    Alanna Irving of Open Collective: Distributed Leadership & Infrastructures for Commoning

    Alanna Irving of Open Collective: Distributed Leadership & Infrastructures for Commoning

    It takes a lot of hard work to get small-scale commons started, especially with complications of managing money, budgets, and tax and legal compliance. These challenges have gotten easier since the rise of Open Collective, a nonprofit platform that acts a kind of commons-enabling infrastructure. In this episode, Alanna Irving, Chief Operating Officer of Open Collective, explains the challenge of "hacking organizational structures with our values," the benefits of distributed leadership, and the confidence that comes from managing risk together.

    • 58 min
    Sam Moore of The Radical Open Access Collective

    Sam Moore of The Radical Open Access Collective

    Open access is a term used to describe academic books, journals, and other research that can be freely copied and shared rather than tightly controlled by large commercial publishers as expensive, proprietary product. Over the past 20 years, this vision has fallen far short of its original ambitions, however, as large publishers have developed new regimes to control the circulation of scientific and scholarly knowledge and charge dearly for it. Since 2015, the Radical Open Access Collective has been championing experimental, noncommercial and commons-based alternatives. In this interview, Sam Moore, an organizer of the Collective, takes stock of the state of open access publishing.

    • 40 min
    Ruth Catlow of Furtherfield: Art, Play and the Imagining of New Worlds

    Ruth Catlow of Furtherfield: Art, Play and the Imagining of New Worlds

    Ruth Catlow is an artist, curator, and co-leader of Furtherfield, a London-based arts collective that has been convening playful, participatory art projects for more than 25 years. The group's artistic experiments -- deeply rooted in open source technologies and philosophies -- use digital platforms and its green space and gallery in Finsbury Park to invite people to imagine new shared futures. The aim, in Furtherfield's words, is to "disrupt and democratize existing hegemonies" and "re-landscape the terrain."

    • 47 min
    Sara Arnold & Sandra Niessen on Moving Toward Defashion and Degrowth

    Sara Arnold & Sandra Niessen on Moving Toward Defashion and Degrowth

    British activist Sara Arnold and Dutch fashion scholar/activist Sandra Niessen explain their vision for "a radical defashion future" driven by degrowth, decolonization, and commoning. As two leaders of Fashion Act Now, they are part of a growing network of dissident fashionistas trying to make the global clothing industry more ecologically responsible, relocalized, and responsive to climate change. They argue that the fashion industry needs a serious economic and cultural makeover to curb its colossal waste and energy use, and allow a rich pluriverse of clothing cultures to flourish.

    • 53 min
    Jose Luis Vivero Pol: Treating Food as Commons, Not Commodites

    Jose Luis Vivero Pol: Treating Food as Commons, Not Commodites

    Why is there so much hunger in the world today when the global food system produces, and wastes, amazing quantities of food? Jose Luis Vivero Pol, an anti-hunger activist and PhD Research Fellow at the Universite catholique de Louvain, in Belgium, points to our treatment of food as commodities, as traded in heavily subsidized markets dominated by large corporations. In this podcast, Vivero explains how growing and distributing food through commons (instead of globally consolidated, extractivist markets) can help make food far more accessible, affordable, and nutritious for everyone.

    • 49 min

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