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Centre for Commons Organising, Values Equalities and Resilience (COVER)

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We explore how cooperation, collaboration, and open knowledge sharing can radically transform organisations and society

Our research investigates how principles of cooperation, collaboration, and open knowledge sharing can foster more egalitarian, inclusive, and participative 21st-century economies, communities, technologies, and organisations.

The ‘commons’ refers to the shared or public ownership of goods, resources, services, and knowledge.  Across the world, innovative “commons” ideas ranging from community land trusts to participatory budgeting to worker owned cooperatives are being used to address climate change and global inequality. This centre studies different theories for creating, managing, and promoting the “commons” – asking important questions how the commons can improve goods and services, be sustainably financed, and effectively marketed to populations and policy-makers.

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"The vision of the centre is to explore the theoretical and practical possibilities of how common ownership and organising based on values of cooperation, collaboration, and open knowledge sharing can foster more egalitarian, inclusive and participative 21st-century economies, communities, and organisations."
Professor Bloom Co-director, centre for commons, organising, values equalities and resilience
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Co-Director Centre for Commons Organising, Values Equalities and Resilience (COVER)
Professor Peter Bloom