A commons arises whenever a given community decides that it wishes to manage a resource in a collective manner, with a special regard for equitable access, use and sustainability.--David Bollier
That genuine moment, that “real” connection, is no small thing.... It is hard to find those moments in our culture because we think we know so much about each other.
No começo é a relação. -- Martin Buber
On the one hand are such great sweeps of time that individual human events seem insignificant; on the other is such a brief present that it is gone before we know it. Between these extremes there lies a medium range of time which is neither too long nor too short for immediate comprehension, and which has an organic quality that gives it relevance for the present moment. This medium range is the 200-year present. That present begins 100 years ago today, on the day of birth of those among us who are centenarians. It's other boundary is the hundredth birthday of the babies born today. We are linked with both boundaries of this moment by the people among us whose life began or will end five generations each way in time. It is our space, one that we can move around in directly in our own lives and indirectly by touching the lives of the young and old around us. — Elise Boulding, Building a Global Civic Culture, 1990.
“We’re more and more into communications and less and less into communication.”