Stories

Platform Capitalism and the Case for Platform Cooperativism

About the rise of platforms and why this bad case of capitalism shows the true potential of coops. November 30, 2022

Conference in Chile brings together social movements worldwide to strategize about an agenda for change

Our Future is Public conference in Santiago, Chili from the 29th of November till the 1st of December 2022 brings together social movements across the world to strategize about progressive politics and reclaiming public services.

Commons Network participates in International Convention Cities Overcoming Neoliberalism in Genova, Italy

On Saturday the 19th of November, our partner Genova Che Osa (Italian for Daring Genua), organized an International Convention on […] November 21, 2022

Talking to liberals about growth

On Saturday the 19th of November, the annual congress of the Dutch political party Democrats 66 (ALDE) took place at […]

Commons Network participates in The Big Capitalism Debate in Pakhuis de Zwijger 

This Tuesday, November 15, ‘The Big Capitalism Debate’ will take place at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. During this evening […] November 14, 2022

Commons Network participates in conference ‘Growing thanks to Limits’ in Dutch Parliament

On Friday the 11th of November, the political think tanks of GroenLinks (Green Lefts) and PvdA (Social Democrats) are hosting […] November 9, 2022

Getting to know municipalist actors from across Europe

Last year, Commons Network became a coordinating partner of the European Municipalist Network (EMN). In a series of blogs, our […] November 7, 2022

‘We need growth to fund a strong welfare state’ and other myths 

Time to dismantle the growth narrative. In our article series Responding to Degrowth Critics, Winne van Woerden, lead of our […] October 31, 2022

-UPDATED- Degrowth in The Hague: Prof. Jason Hickel to Address Dutch Parliament

– – – UPDATE: Professor Hickel tested positive for Covid and will not be able to travel to The Netherlands […] October 17, 2022

Take Back the City! Skill sharing in Berlin

Last year, Commons Network became a coordinating partner of the European Municipalist Network (EMN). In a series of blogs, our new […]

Commons Network partners with EMN to explore practices of care and municipalism

Last year, Commons Network became a coordinating partner of the European Municipalist Network (EMN). In a series of blogs, our […] September 20, 2022

New colleague: Carolyn

Hello visitor! My name is Carolyn, and I am happily writing an introduction post as a new member of the […] September 19, 2022

New collaegue: Bea

Hi there! My name is Bea, I am a queer 22-year-old Philosophy, Politics, and Economics student from the Canary Islands […] September 12, 2022

Launching the Incubator for the Community Economy

Today’s major societal challenges requires us to unite and connect. Sustainability, social inequality, diversity and digitalization require self-organization and a […] September 9, 2022

Finale Common In – 25 juni: The Art of the Frontline

Come to the spectacular closing party of Common In! Register here What is the role of art for systemic change? […] June 1, 2022

We need growth because otherwise our economies will collapse, and other myths

Time to dismantle the growth narrative. In this article series, lead author of our degrowth book Living Well on a […]

Happening 11 mei: Stop de Groei!

Het is alweer tijd voor de derde en laatste aflevering van onze serie happenings bij De Nieuwe Anita in Amsterdam. […]

Share your story about digital transformation

We’d like to ask you: How does the digital transformation affect your life? For our project Human Stories of Digital […]

Happening op 30 maart: Weg met Werk!

2 maart trapten we af met een serie happenings bij De Nieuwe Anita, als onderdeel van ons kunstproject Common In. […]

Digital Public Space and Interoperability: New report and live event

Commons Network and Open Future published a new research report about interoperability, in which we demonstrate why we need generative […]

We can decouple economic growth from ecological impact, and other myths

Time to dismantle the growth narrative. In the upcoming weeks, lead author of our degrowth book Living Well on a […]

Gedeelde Grond: een collectieve happening met onder andere Willem Schinkel

Op woensdag 2 maart organiseren wij Gedeelde Grond, een collectieve happening in De Nieuwe Anita, met onder andere professor Willem […]

Launching our new series: Responding to Degrowth Critics

‘We need growth to eradicate extreme poverty.’ ‘We need growth to fund the welfare state and an energy transition’. ‘We […]

Can Food Commons Change The World?

What does food have to do with urban commons? Can food practices change the world? This post is written by […] May 31, 2022

Jan-Hendrik Passoth: “If you want to give people a seat, you need a table first”

The Internet is busted. Huge corporations are calling the shots, extractive business models prevail. And safe and privacy-friendly online spaces […] May 30, 2022

Community Wealth Building: Toolkit + essay + video

Deze week publiceert Stichting Commons Network twee boekjes over Community Wealth Building: een gids voor iedereen die zelf aan de […]

Will you swarm the city with us?

This Saturday we organize Swarming the City, an outdoor experimental walk prefiguring alternative ways to come together in public space. […]

Aik van Eemeren: “Don’t call it alternative, call it normal”

The Internet is busted. Huge corporations are calling the shots, extractive business models prevail. And safe and privacy-friendly online spaces […]

Digital Courage: How Communities can Benefit

Datafication, algorithms and AI are shaping how we live, reside, and work – and profoundly affect power relations in the […] January 19, 2022

Jaromil: ‘Interoperability gives the potential of freedom’

The Internet is busted. Huge corporations are calling the shots, extractive business models prevail. And safe and privacy-friendly online spaces […] December 7, 2021

Launch of our new book: Living Well on a Finite Planet – Building a Caring World Beyond Growth

Today, Commons Network is proud to publish Living Well on a Finite Planet: Building a Caring World Beyond Growth. This […] November 19, 2021

Remembering Silke Helfrich

The calm restlessness of this tireless advocate of the common, of free, fair and lively togetherness, this great visionary, she […] November 17, 2021

Manifesto for a Caring Economy

Today, Commons Network publishes the Manifesto for a Caring Economy. It is a plea for caring as an antidote to […] November 10, 2021

natacha roussel: “Interoperable to whose benefit?”

The Internet is busted. Huge corporations are calling the shots, extractive business models prevail. And safe and privacy-friendly online spaces […] November 6, 2021

Common In is officially open!

Common In is officially open. Last Wednesday we kicked off at Sexyland, where the manifestation’s journey started. Common In’s art […] October 25, 2021

Mai Sutton: “If you want an interoperable Internet, start with how organizations work”

The Internet is busted. Huge corporations are calling the shots, extractive business models prevail. And safe and privacy-friendly online spaces […] October 21, 2021

Geert-Jan Bogaerts: “It’s not the technology, it’s the players”

The Internet is busted. Huge corporations are calling the shots, extractive business models prevail. And safe and privacy-friendly online spaces […] October 11, 2021

Aik van Eemeren: “Don’t call it alternative, call it normal”

The Internet is busted. Huge corporations are calling the shots, extractive business models prevail. And safe and privacy-friendly online spaces […] October 10, 2021

Launching Common In: about commons and art

What does commoning feel like? How can we make the story of the commons a livable experience instead of a […] October 4, 2021

Deep Dives with experts on Interoperable Digital Ecosystems

The Internet is busted. Huge corporations are calling the shots, extractive business models prevail. And safe and privacy-friendly online spaces […] September 27, 2021

Public Horizons: transforming the public sector

How could the public sector transform in such a way that it has a better chance of addressing current social, […] August 2, 2021

The cooperative economy as a manifestation of a new ethics of care

In search of the Amsterdam caring economy: Why is the practice of caring the backbone of the city of the future? [VIDEO] June 17, 2021

Towards Online Public-Civic Spaces

How do we create public-civic spaces online? What role can ‘interoperability’ play? How could we transform the internet into something […] June 7, 2021

A good life for all beyond growth: Fruitful post-growth discussions at the Cities For Change Forum

Can we transition to a post-growth economy, that can deliver a high quality of life in the city of Amsterdam? June 6, 2021

New Publication: How Can Amsterdam Municipalism Endure?

For Amsterdam’s municipalism to strengthen and endure, it must be rooted in collective political knowledges and practices in neighborhoods, according to this new report by Imogen Hamilton-Jones and Thomas de Groot, commissioned by Minim and Commons Network June 3, 2021

Proposals for ‘desmoothening’ the city

—– [SCROLL DOWN FOR ENGLISH] —– *Dit is een samenvatting van het Smooth City event tijdens de Cities for Change […] June 1, 2021

Cities for Change: fruits of collaboration

Cities for Change, first and foremost, is a collaborative process of active citizens, social movements, activist groups working together for […] May 22, 2021

Visit the online expo Digital Courage: Uber Eats

Commons Network is co-organizing the Cities for Change conference, which is going on as we speak and last until 30 […] May 19, 2021

The Smooth City, And How To Turn The Tide

[ S C R O L L D O W N F O R E N G L I S […] May 17, 2021

Exploring the Caring Economy in Amsterdam

Exploring the caring economy in Amsterdam: Billions of hours in unpaid care work keep the economy going, but are not integrated into our current economic model. Even though care is a fundamental need that helps to connect people and ensure reciprocity. May 13, 2021