Silke Helfrich (Germany) is an author and independent activist of the commons. She is founding member of Commons Strategies Group. She was regional representative of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Mexico/Central America for several years, and was the editor of Wem gehört die Welt, and translator and editor of Elinor Ostrom: Was mehr wird, wenn wir teilen. She blogs at http://commonsblog.de.
By Silke Helfrich, Patterns of Commoning
We try to conceive of Cecosesola as a personal process of development, not as work. Work! Just thinking about it makes you tired! It isn’t always successful, and it isn’t for everybody.
By Silke Helfrich, Van Bo Le-Mentzel, P2P Foundation
Van Bo Le-Mentzel has invented all kinds of useful things, among others, do-it-yourself blueprints for furniture and tiny houses. He has become known for social DIY projects such as “Hartz IV1 Möbel,” the Unreal Estate House,2 and the One-Square-Meter House.3 He is now transferring the concept of these projects – unconditional freedom to use something for one’s own purposes – to his own life and that of his family with a campaign called #dScholarship that he started in 2014.
By Silke Helfrich, David Bollier, P2P Foundation Blog
As the idea of patterns of commoning suggests, commons are not objects, but actions.
By Silke Helfrich, P2P Foundation Blog
Just like farmers, we cannot really know how big and copious the harvest will be, or when exactly it will come. But we keep seeding to help make the commons visible at different levels...
By Ann Marie Utratel, Silke Helfrich, P2P Foundation Blog
You cannot think about the commons if you don’t ask yourself at the same time who creates them, who cares for them, who protects them and who reproduces them.
By Silke Helfrich, STIR
In such a context, the minimum wage – which is supposed to create a minimum level of equality in formal terms – can never create a feeling of social justice.
By Silke Helfrich, CommonsBlog
Commoning is beyond the just "being together". In fact, it may be the only way in which we can systemically confront the dysfunctions and corruptions of the market/state system that now govern us.
By David Bollier, Silke Helfrich, Patterns of Commoning website
Commoning may be a hardy social phenomenon with an ancient pedigree, but in modern industrial societies, it enjoys only modest understanding and respect.