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Welcome

Welcome to the Commons Transition Wiki! Please read through the sections below to get acquainted with the structure of the wiki and our working methods. If you haven't done so already, please join our Commons Transition Wiki Loomio Group to meet other wiki contributors and discuss the evolution of the project.

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 welcome on any of the entries found on our wiki. Other ways to get involved include suggesting related projects for consideration, or sharing and discussing the proposals and ideas for action depicted here with your local policymakers, media and communities.

To contribute to this wiki, you will need to familiarize yourself with the Wiki's structure and goals, as well as 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 project was initially conceived as a wiki to house modified policy proposals from the FLOK society project, adapted to be more generally useful (non-nation specific). The Commons Transition team rethought the project and developed a broader set of tools with an eye towards expansion in both communications and advocacy.

It now acts as an indexed repository of material on transitioning communities at all levels towards a commons orientation, both in the field of shared knowledge pools and material production. Our aim is to catalog, discuss and improve upon these proposals and to connect the social movements promoting them. These tools, ideas and communities are detailed in the following "portals", which are the entryways into the Commons Transition Wiki.

Portals in the Commons Transition Wiki

The wiki showcases the following areas, which are explained in more detail in the sections below. IMPORTANT: This needs to be updated with concrete hyperlinks to the final page name

This wiki is, therefore, a specialized 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.

Commons Transition Wiki 101

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Our wiki entry on "Commons Transition 101" lays out the structure and working methods of the Commons Transition Wiki in detail and it provides diagrams for quick reference. Please make sure to read it and bookmark it as a guide/resource for organizing your contributions.

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; your contact information address; 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.

Collaborator Policy

Criteria

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:

  1. our wiki is a 'perspectival' wiki, meaning that although 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, and we may disagree on how to achieve 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).
  2. 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

Additional Resources

If this is your first time working with a wiki, we recommend the following links:

The Commons Transition Wiki Wiki help page is an excellent place to start. We then suggest you follow this 5 minute wikitext tutorial in our Sandbox, with our cheat sheet