International commons conference in Canada

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We deal with almost 1000 cases a year assisting communities, groups and individuals in protecting their local spaces and paths in all parts of England and Wales. Can you help us by joining as a member?

Our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, is in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for the biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), 25-29 May.  She has been generously funded by the Elinor Ostrom Award, which the society won in 2013.

The Alberta legislature building in Edmonton

The Alberta legislature building in Edmonton

The society is keen to encourage the IASC to embrace practitioners who are campaigning for the commons, in parallel with academics, since both depend on each other—practitioners need independent, reliable evidence to support their campaigns, and academics need the practitioners to commission their work.

Commons are not just land, as we know them in England and Wales, but include air, water, forests, gene pools, the internet and much else, a common interest being the uniting feature.

Kate is on the organising committee for the Edmonton conference and has helped to ensure that there are a number of sessions about the work of practitioners in defending and promoting our commons.

You can read her blogs about her experiences at the conference in Canada.

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