The emergence of commons, open seminar talk by Mette Løvschal

On 3 May, dr. Mette Løvschal (Aarhus University) was the speaker in our Open Seminar series. In the ANTHEA project, she and her colleagues look at the sustenance of man-made heathlands, which existence spans over millennia. Løvschal went into the ancestral commons and grazing commons that went hand in hand with these heathlands. During the subsequent discussion, some similarities with developments in Europe and North America were considered.

Open seminar talk on credit cooperatives by Lakshmi A.J.

On 29 February, 11AM (CET) the guest speaker of our Open seminar talks series was Lakshmi A.J., who is Assistant Professor at Kerala University, department of Commerce. In her work she focuses on professionalism in co-operatives and the legal framework of credit cooperatives in India, looking at long-term developments.

Opinion article: Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen: herkansing voor de erkenning van de actieve burger?

In een opinieartikel in de Volkskrant riepen Tine De Moor en Ton Duffhues (Rotterdam School of Management) lokale overheden op om in gesprek te gaan met actieve burgers die in hun eigen omgeving uitdagingen op het gebied van wonen, zorg, energie, voedsel en natuur aanpakken. Lees het hele artikel, inclusief de voorbeelden van Herenboerderij Wenumseveld, Austerlitz Zorgt en energiecoöperatie Sterk op Stroom op de website van De Volkskrant.

Article: The feasibility of platform cooperatives in the gig economy

Are platform cooperatives feasible alternatives to investor-owned gig economy platforms, such as Uber and Deliveroo? In which sectors does the cooperative model work – and for which kind of gig workers is a platform co-op more challenging? Read the analysis by Damion Bunders, Martijn Arets, Koen Frenken and Tine De Moor, ‘The feasibility of platform cooperatives in the gig economy’, which is freely available here.

Rules and sanctions in long-lasting fishery cooperatives, Double open seminar talk by Florian Grisel and Grant Halliday

On 9 March, research team Institutions for Collective Action had a double open seminar. Grant Halliday, historian and research intern at RSM Erasmus University, gave an insight into the development of rules and sanctions in medieval and early-modern fishery cooperatives in Spain. Dr. Florian Grisel, associate professor at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, complemented Halliday’s findings with a presentation about another fishery cooperative, the Prud’homie de Pêche of Marseille. In the subsequent discussion, the attendants considered the existence of norms versus formal legal structures, as well as the continuation of such organizations over centuries.

Organizing the enterprise as a common, open seminar talk by Kristel Maasen (ULB)

On 15 February Kristel Maasen, sociologist at Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) presented a summary of her PhD dissertation in our Open Seminar. Drawing from the theory of the commons and commoning, Maasen shows how worker-organized cooperatives are organized in commons. Workers invest in creating and maintaining a we-relation through task selection, sharing of organisational power, commitment to the project and a focus on direct communication. Distinct from a managerial logic, the principles used by workers correspond to the logic of commons organising in that they produce and reproduce community.