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'Commons Futures' at World Commons Week 2020

THESys Graduate Beril Ocaklı co-organised the first global early career keynote at this year’s World Commons Week on October 8th, 2020.

Within this year’s World Commons Week (Sept 30th – Oct 9th), initiative of the International International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), Beril Ocaklı organised a shared keynote entitled 'Commons Futures' with the members of the Early Career Network (ECN). This is first IASC all-early career global keynote to take place within the WCW. The talk will be given on October 8 at 15:00-17:00.

This is the first talk that members of the IASC-Early Career Network gave jointly. While the members come from multiple backgrounds and pursue diverse research interests, they are unified in our passion for commons research and institutional diversity. In this talk, they stressed the ever-growing importance of commons research and work in rethinking collective goals and governing shared resources. For more details on the event can be found here.  

The talk will focus on the different manifestations of the mainstream growth and development paradigm prevail, communities across the globe continue to face a multiplicity of challenges in their efforts to build meaningful, sustainable, more-than-human lives. Interrelated climate, health, and economic crises deepen injustices and inequalities; societal fabrics and sustainability of social-ecological systems are threatened. Through exemplary cases from Wisconsin to Bengaluru, in their collective keynote consisting of five individual yet interrelated talks the speakers take the audience through some of the social-ecological challenges they observe and study in their research. They present how a selection of affected communities responds to these challenges. They thereby focus on the role of commons and institutional approaches in communities’ efforts to navigate equitable social-ecological transformations that are aligned with their lifeworlds.