An epoch in modern history has ended. The growth imperative of capitalism is evidently endangering the ecosystem. There are problems of sharing and using the limited resources of the earth. The international rules which are regulating the use and sharing of these resources are either not efficient or not respected by all. The negotiation process to stop global climate change has many examples to refer to. Confidence in governments as reliable stewards of people’s interests has been shaken. Therefore the need for finding a new path for a solution is stronger than ever. Many experts in the fields of economy and ecology elieve this new path: The commons!
The notion of commons is about reclaiming, sharing and self-governing resources that belong to everyone. Can we build a new system for managing our resources – water, land, knowledge, seeds, genes, the atmosphere and the public spaces in urban areas – based on the principles of equity and sustainability? Can the idea of commons, commonpublic goods lead us towards a new economic system? Heinrich Böll Stiftung brings Green Economy and Commons issue up for discussion. We will start by trying to answer the question of “what the commons are” and search for the solutions to the problem of sharing and governing our commons in all spheres; from cultural and environmental values to food, from water to air and knowledge.
We will discuss the role of commons in the Green Economy as well. We invite everybody who is interested in green economics and commons to join the Green Economics Conference and contribute in the discussions.
Heinrich Böll Stiftung Turkey Representation
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4th Green Economy Conference - Green Economy and Commons
16-17 November 2013
Cezayir Assembly Hall, Hayriye Caddesi 12, Galatasaray, Beyoglu-Istanbul
16 November 2013, Saturday
09:30 Opening Address
Ulrike Dufner - Heinrich Böll Stiftung Turkey Representation
SESSION 1 – What the commons are?
09:40 Key note speaker: David Bollier (video conference)
The Role of Commons in a New Economic System
11:00 Essential commons (Moderator: Nafiz Güder )
Global, Public and Private Goods
Market Pressure on Commons (Food, Water and Agriculture)
Design of the commons, critical points and problems
Ali Kerem Saysel/Boğaziçi University, Institute of Environmental Sciences
12:15 Break for lunch
13:30 New wave of commons (Moderator: Fikret Adaman)
Open/Free Knowledge/Access: Participative Commons in Digital world
Serhat Koç, LL.M./Pirate Party Initiative
Amateur Theatre and Copyright
Elif Karaman/Boğaziçi University Players
SESSION 2 – Siege of the Commons and Resistance
15:15 Local problems, global pursuits (Moderator: Umud Dalgıç)
Reclaiming the Credit Commons
Thomas H. Greco, Jr.
Asst. Prof. Begüm Özden Fırat/Mimar Sinan Fine Art University, Division of Sociology
'Greece 2013 | Commons-Ground Zero: An overview of the present and beyond'
Nicholas Anastasopoulos/National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture
17:15 End of the first day
17 November 2013, Sunday
How to reclaim and protect our commons?
10:30 - 12:30
LCV: 14 November 2013
Contact person: Banu Yayla
Tel: 0212 249 15 54
Simultaneous translation in to Turkish and English will be provided during the first day of the conference.