Commons in Action: Building a Future of Sharing in Tunisia

"There is no Commons without Communing ". While the term the " Commons " is often read as a noun referring to things that can be shared such as the sea, the internet, or land it is actually much more helpful to understand the Commons as a verb. The Commons are a set of ongoing practices, not an inert physical resource.
18 May 2023
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“Sans commoning, il ne peut y avoir de communs”. Bien que le terme "Communs" soit souvent associé aux ressources pouvant être partagées – comme la mer, Internet ou la terre –, on gagnerait plus à le considérer comme un "faire", un processus. Les Communs sont bien un ensemble de pratiques continuelles, et non pas une ressource physique inerte.

"لا مشاعات بدون إشاعة". عادة ما يتم اختزال عبارة "المشاعات" في الموارد القابلة للمشاركة من قبيل البحر والانترنت والأرض. لكن من الأجدى اعتبارها كـ "فعل" أو كسيرورة متواصلة، فالمشاعات في حقيقة الأمر هي مجموعة ممارساتٍ مستمرّة وليست مجرد مورد مادي جامد.

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Inkyfada Podcast
Mixing & Sound Design
Oussema Gaidi
Marwen Ben Mustapha

Dive into the heart of the commons concept through an in-depth discussion based on the book "Free, Fair and Alive: The insurgent power of the Commons" by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich.

We are honored to welcome Olfa Chebaane from the Heinrich Böll Foundation as a guest expert for this first episode. Together, we explore in detail the foundations and principles underlying this notion of the commons, which differs from the current system we live in characterized by individualistic tendencies. By drawing on concrete examples in Tunisia, we shed light on the practical implementation of these principles and the engagement of Tunisian communities in commoning initiatives.

From managing natural resources to creating common cultural goods, we discover the possibility of a promising future of sharing and solidarity shaped by these collective efforts. We also analyze how these practices of collective resource management can gradually transform our society by promoting equity and sustainability.

Join us in this captivating episode as we immerse ourselves in the realm of the commons, where collaboration and shared responsibility form the pillars of a thriving communal future.

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The Commons

Communities create rules and negotiate fair and practical ways of allocating benefits, and devising rules to protect their common wealth. These processes of commoning are based on shared purpose and trust within a community.Inkyfada, in partnership with the Heinrich Böll Foundation Tunis, has produced featured stories to shed light on commoning experiences in Tunisia. This podcast is part of the same partnership to promote this concept, including the book "Free, Fair and Alive" by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich serving as an additional avenue for understanding.

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