The global commons movement is on the verge of rapid expansion. There are many citizens already engaged in commons-related activities who are beginning to recognize their shared identity as commoners. Essential to this process is education. Education provides a framework for understanding both historical and contemporary commons issues. More importantly, it offers a methodology within which commoners can reframe their context.
An increasingly popular mode of education is e-learning. E-learning offers a variety of hybrid formats including synchronous and asynchronous, self-paced and instructor-led, content-rich and process-rich. The next course is described below.
The Common Course:
An Introduction to the Global Commons
Dates: July 9th - August 6th
Sponsors: Anthroposphere Institute, Commons Learning Alliance
1. Self-study; materials available on-line
2. Regular participation in on-line discussion group (minimum of 3x/week)
3. Participation in weekly conference call
Academic Director: Leo Burke
Online Discussion Facilitators: Mary Beth Steisslinger, Jan Inglis, and Robin Temple
Webmaster: Robin Temple
Tuition: Free - for a short period of time while an international online payment system is being developed for the Commons Campus.
Websites: The Commons Campus
Materials: All text materials will be posted on the website in PDF format; audio materials in MP3 format; videos in YouTube format (.flv)
Common Course orientation conference call: Saturday July 9th 2011
This orientation conference call will be the official start of the Common Course.
The orientation call will give you a chance to be introduced to your instructors on the Common Course, hear from others who are also participating, and ask any technical questions you may have about using this online learning platform for the course.
Week I—Introduction to the Commons (July 10-16)
Overview of the commons, including history, current usage and definitions. Major issues facing the commons today.
Conference call Week I: July 16
Week II: The Enclosure of the Commons (July 17-23)
History of the enclosure process. Current attempts at enclosure, privatization, monetization of the commons.
Conference call Week II: July 23
Week III: The Commons and Climate Change (July 24-30)
The impact of climate change on the commons and the use of commons trusts to protect the climate.
Conference call Week III: July 30
Week IV: The Depth and Breath of the Global Commons: From Philosophy to Acton (July 31-Aug 6)
Examining the philosophical underpinnings of the global commons and looking at ways of taking effective action to create a sustainable future.
Conference call Week IV: Aug 6
Review the following websites as potential resources on the commons: