Welcome to the Commons Transition Wiki! Please read through the sections below to get acquainted with our working methods.
How you can contribute
We like to say that this project is itself a commons, open to contributions and intended for the benefit of those who need it. Feedback is specially welcome on any of the policy documents found on our wiki. Other ways to get involved include suggesting related projects for consideration, or sharing and discussing these proposals with your local policymakers, media and communities.
To contribute to this Wiki, you will need some basic Wikimedia skills. If you're new to Wikis, please read through the recommendations at the end of this page.
What the Commons Transition Wiki is (and isn't)
The Commons Transition Wiki is a directory of Commons-oriented initiatives and policy proposals. It acts as an indexed repository of material on transitioning societies at all levels towards a commons orientation, both in the field of shared knowledge pools and material production. Our aim is to catalogue, discuss and improve upon these proposals and to connect the social movements promoting them.
This wiki is, therefore, a specialised directory with a very precise (albeit inclusive) focus. For contributing and discussing more general P2P-Commons theory and resources, we suggest our "mother" information database: The P2P Foundation Wiki which has a much larger scope.
How to join
Joining is very easy. We simply ask you to write an email to contactATcommonstransition.org answering the questions detailed below. Unless we really are not on the same page, we'll get back to you to provide you with a log in and any guidance you may require. Here are the questions:
Commons Transition survey questions
- Tell us your name, you contact information ad place of residence.
- How did you hear about Commons Transition and, specifically, this Wiki?
- How would you like to contribute to the Commons Transition Wiki?
- How do you see a Commons Transition taking place?
- What attracts you the most about this project?
- Anything else you would like to add.
How to organise your contributions
The following section assumes that you're familiar with Wiki-editing. If not, please scroll to the last section on this for guidelines and help.
We want to keep this wiki as simple as clear and concise as possible so commoners can find whatever info they may require with a minimum of fuss. To that end, we recommend that you catalogue any new entries with the following categories.
- Category: REGION Where is the project located? If it's a "Glocal" initiative, please add it to the Glocal Commons-Oriented Projects category. If the project is transnational in nature and not based in any particular region, please add it to the Transnational Commons-Oriented Projects Category
- Category: SECTOR What field of knowledge are we talking about. Please check whether any new entries fit in with these sectors.
- Category: PEOPLE Please use this category when adding a bio or profile page. Also be sure to mention the organizations that the profiled person may belong to.
- Category: ORGANIZATION Apply this category to policy entries, bios, etc. Many of the organizations listed have their own categories to allow easy indexing of these organizations policy proposals and related materials.
Policy Proposals also merit their own category: POLICY PROPOSALS
Furthermore, any material belonging to the two existing Commons Transition Projects should be first categorised as a CTP and then tagged with its own subcategory. These are:
Lastly, all of the material directly created by the Commons Transition team, should also be labelled any of all of the following categories:
That's the basic lay of the land. When in doubt, refer back to this page to ensure you've categorised your contributions accordingly.
Participation in the Commons Transition Wiki isn't totally open. As a Commons we want to ensure a mutual understanding of what the wiki is about so all contributors can work together comfortably. To collaborate, we will ask you to contact us via email and answer a few short questions about your involvement with Commons Transition. This policy has the added benefit of curtailing possible trolls and spam attacks.
Additional considerations are:
- our wiki is a 'perspectival' wiki: this means that though it is pluralist, it does require an adherence to the a priori proposition that the emergence of a Commons Transition is a good thing. So, we can and do discuss the dark sides, may disagree on how to achieve a broader acceptance of what a Commons Transition means, but we a priori agree that in most cases, it is better than authoritarianism and inequality for example
- we practice the principle of Vouching, this means that at least one existing participant must know you. We practice this very liberally, i.e. I cannot recall ever prohibiting anyone, but it insures that no one is completely anonymous.
Recommended Guidelines and Good Practices
- Please visit our Commons Transition Recommended Guidelines and Good Practices section.
If this is your first time working with a Wiki, we recommend the following links: