Preface Notes

# Note to David: please don't write here, send me your ideas via mail and I will add it and start structuring the panel. Just wanna make sure we don't loose ideas on our way through carless back and forth forks.


- differentiate the commons from Institutional Politics - Ontological Layer !

- be realistic and acknowledge limit (might be a sub-panel)

- Hesse: Üben Sie doch die Fragen lieb zu haben. Vielleicht wachsen sie dann eines Tages ohne es zu merken in die Antworten hinein.

- our insights about the commons have been like a huge mountain of knowledge and value obscured by a dense shroud of foggy, technical, academic, insider communication. This book is written to help clearing that fog.

- remember: A book is a sequential, linear argument -- but a wiki is a more open collection of materials. Book and wiki are different experiences and educational vehicles.

- remember also: we can try but certainly not resolve the problem that in a n-dimensional reality (a multi-dimensional reality with n>3), human beings only dispose of a three "dimensional perception"

- A few interesting numbers. José Luis Vivero Pol found ut, that there are Less than 10 papers mentioning food could/should or actually works as a commons since 1900 til 2016, compared to 50K on food as commodity.

- David in e-mail to Ward; May 22 "A chorus of voices is far superior to a faux-neutrality, and more appropriate to our networked world. Indeed, this is also the essence of the commons, as Silke and I see it -- a pluriverse rather than a One-World World, in which individual points of view should be honored, not forcibly assimilated into a putative mainstream.

- we cannot have an identitarian, essentialist view of community! (that's what intentional communities, even ecovillages often have) -> expanded notion of community

commons is more than resource pooling and community building! At least in the 21st century

- the Gadamer quote about the idea, that it is not necessary to speak about politics to change poltics + this: we do not need to "win" the discussion in the moment - we only need to plant a seed.

- have a look at the pragmatic imagination features, esp. 3. We could say: In this book we pro-actively imagine provisioning through commons and a commons friendly society in light of meaningful and purposeful (i.e commons-building/stewarding) practices and (self-)governance-experiences. We see opportunities for making the commons a pilar of a post-capitalist society in everything :-).

- “The most important message taught by the history of science is the subtle and inevitable hold that theory exerts upon data and observations." + "The greatest impediment to scientific innovation is usually a conceptual lack, not a factual lack.” by: Stephen Jay Gould (1989) Wonderful Life: the Burgher;s Shale and the Nature of History. WW Norton & Co., New York, p. 276. epigraph of a book "Grazing Ecology and Forest History," by Frans WM Vera, a Dutch ecologist.