Wednesday, July 29, 2009

No. 2 Common Space - Review

Last Tuesday's session was really lively. Thank you to everyone who attended, and thank you to Alan Mee, Seoidin O'Sullivan, and Donal Hickey for proposing the texts. Our discussion ranged from the obsolete nature of traditional mapping, to the need for a new system of government!

In terms of the ownership of common space in particular, the Swedish example of "All Mans Rule" was suggested as a possible solution, where the default position is that of public ownerhsip rather than private. It is this concept which allows the Swedish people to hike and camp anywhere. Some further information is available here and here.
Alastair McIntosh's book Soil and Soul: People Versus Coporate Power is an account of this concept applied in Scotland.

We also discussed an example of ground up regeneration, again in Sweden. The Natural Step,
a sustainable framework for growth adpoted through consenus of the people. The Natural Step Story by Karl Henrik Robert is available here.

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