Reclaiming the Commons conservation forum

Here’s some information that we received and are passing along about an upcoming public forum in Bloomington on conservation and sustainability:

They hang the man and flog the woman
That steal the goose from off the common
But let the greater villain loose
That steals the common from the goose.

–Folk poem, circa 1764

Reclaiming the Commons – A Public Forum

We are pleased to announce a free and public forum on the commons—everything that we inherit or create together, and must pass along undiminished to future generations. It includes a wide range of inherited wealth, from public lands to the internet. We seek local steps toward solutions for global problems of natural resources, sustainability, and climate change.

The conference will convene on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, 2120 N. Fee Lane. Scott Russell Sanders will introduce our principal speaker, David Bollier, Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center, U.S.C. Annenberg School for Communication. Author of Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth, Bollier’s latest book is Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (2008). For a preview of his work, visit http://www.viralspiral.cc/reviews-interviews. Bollier edits OntheCommons.org.

In the same place, the evening before, we will show a free film, Ancient Futures, that documents an historic precedent of the commons in practice. Before the film Scott Russell Sanders will read from his new book, A Conservationist Manifesto. Among his honors are both the Lannan Literary Award and the 2009 Mark Twain Award.

Program Details:
Friday, October 9, 2009

7:00 p.m. Scott Russell Sanders, A Conservationist Manifesto
7:30 p.m. Film, Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh (60 min.)

Saturday, October 10, 2009
1:00 p.m. Introduction: Scott Russell Sanders (Distinguished Professor of English, Indiana University)
1:15 p.m. David Bollier
2:30 p.m. Voces Novae, Susan Swaney, Director: “Great Trees” and “Peace of Wild Things” from “Hymnody to the Earth,” music by Malcolm Dalglish and text by Wendell Berry. Refreshments.
3:00 p.m. Panel discussion on sustainable polycentric solutions to local problems of water, energy, forests and food. I.U. Professor Elinor Ostrom will moderate. She is Senior Research Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, and the preeminent academic expert on the commons. Panelists will be David Bollier; Kerwin Olson (Citizens Action Coalition); Rhonda Baird (Indiana Forest Alliance); Professor Robert Fischman (I.U. School of Law; an expert on water law); and Jean Kautt (Bloomingfoods)
4:30-4:40 p.m. Wrap-up. James Allison (Professor Emeritus of Psychology, I.U.)

Sponsors: Bloomington Branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Unitarian Universalist Adult Religious Education and Green Sanctuary Task Force; Center for Sustainable Living; Bloomingfoods (Bloomington Cooperative Services); Monroe County NAACP; Monroe County Religious Leaders; Earth Care Bloomington; Sycamore Land Trust; Indiana Forest Alliance; Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network; Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center; Transition Town Bloomington; Permaculture Guild; Citizens Action Coalition; 350.org; Soka Gakkai International-USA; Beth Shalom; I.U. Sustainability Commission; Campaign for Sustainable Economics; Friends Meeting; SPEA; City of Bloomington Environmental Commission

“Conservation means the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time.” – Gifford Pinchot, The Fight for Conservation (1910)

For more information contact WILPF members jimtomi@earthlink.net.


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