Commons Sense: A Thinkery on the Commons

11 June 2014, Dublin

Organised jointly by the Community Development Journal and Kimmage Development Studies Centre, the Thinkery on the Commons was a day of exploration and conversation about the commons. The Special Supplement Commons Senses: New thinking about an old idea (which remains freely available) was used to spark discussion.

A Thinkery is an active process where people explore issues in a convivial and critical manner or, as Ivan Illich put it, “a free club for the search of surprise, a place where people go who want to have help redefining their questions rather than completing the answers they have (already) gotten.” It is an approach to learning that reflects the spirit of collective participation that is central to the commons movement.