Imagine lush vegetation alternating with well-kept clearings that have benches, shades, and a web of garden paths connecting them all. The paths are well-indexed and lead to knowledge domains of interest to the visitors, domains that can be navigated by multiple methods to match their learning styles. Well, that's the idea and we are not there yet; in fact, we are just putting the first seeds in the ground.
"Knowledge garden" is a metaphor for a dynamic and living system of information, ideas, and inspiration that interact, cross-fertilize, feed and grow on each other. It is a public service of the Commons Learning Alliance and a part of the global knowledge commons, which is seeded with thought-provoking articles, interviews, research papers, etc. Depending on how much attention those seeds will receive from you and other users and members, some of them may turn into fast-growing, robust plants, others will not. Welcome to our participatory collective intelligence!
You will find here:
Workspaces for co-authoring, co-editing, and sharing commons-related documents with other commoners
Movement Sense-Making, a collection of documents reflecting on the strategy and evolution of the commons movement
The next three sections are patterned after the materials in the first three weeks of the Commons course given by Leo Burke:
In addition to that, you will also find in the Knowledge Garden:
Political Economy of the Commons - studying the production, access to, and protection of common goods and their relationship with law and governance
Toward a Commons-based Society - food for thought and action about about the transition to a new society
Commons Glossary of key terms
What you can do in the Knowledge Garden
Stay up to date about the emergent issues and trends in the commons movement, with timely email notifications and/or RSS feeds about subscribed subjects of interest to you and your commons.
Browse, search, and navigate the ever expanding content of the Knowledge Garden, to discover items of interest.
Comment on documents to enhance their usefulness for others.
Co-author and co-edit documents with other commoners in the workspaces.
Blaze new pathways to knowledge, by creating new pages with your selection of links.
Join the team of knowledge gardeners for supporting the development of this patch of the global knowledge commons. If interested, let us know.