Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Reinventing commons governance in modern times: find answers by living the questions

U!REKA Urban Commons lecture #6


‘Urban Commons’- what’s behind the buzzword? From local car-sharing to community gardens, neighbourhood assistance programmes and local currencies – civic initiatives, based on the principle of common ownership, are on the rise. So too are questions about this new form of governance: How are they organised? What’s the impact of urban commons on areas ranging from social life and culture, to mobility, elderly care, climate change and housing? How does this kind of cooperation foster the Sustainable Development Goals?

Join the U!R Commons lecture series to dive into this hot topic during interactive online lectures, hosted by the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA).

27 September

Reinventing Commons Governance in Modern Times: Find Answers by Living the Questions
David Bollier

Introduction by Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences' Rector, Geleyn Meijer

About David Bollier

Bollier is a very renowned American activist, scholar, and blogger who is focused on the commons as a paradigm for re-imagining economics, politics, and culture. At the moment he is Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics (Massachusetts) and cofounder of the Commons Strategies Group. Bollier is the author of many publications among others Think Like a Commoner (2014) and Free, Fair and Alive: The insurgent power of the commons (2019). He blogs at www.bollier.org, which is a very informative website on commons. Finally, he also hosts a podcast, called Frontiers of Commoning.

More information on the lecture series


These free lectures are open to all students and staff at U!REKA partner institutions as well as R&D stakeholders, private and public sector parties and anyone else who is interested in urban commons, co-creation and social innovation.

  • The sessions run from 15:00 – 16:30 pm (CET) on Zoom.
  • Please note that registration for the workshops is required.
  • You’ll receive a link to the Zoom session prior to the event.


The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) is a consortium of eight European universities of applied sciences in Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Ghent, Helsinki, Oslo, Ostrava and Lisbon. The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is one of the founding members. We collaborate in various ways to educate, shape and empower the European professionals of tomorrow.

More information on U!REKA: www.ureka.eu

Published by  Communication 7 September 2021


Start date 27 Sep


15:00 - 16:30