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Building a dictionary for an economics of the commons. Lifezones By Peter Halasz [CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons This is a proposal in response to “Help us build a dictionary on commons economics!”

Building a dictionary for an economics of the commons

, an article recently posted at The Economics of the Commons Conference (ECC 2013) Communications Platform website ( I. First, the list of commons economic terms in the original article has a very notable omission: cooperative I suggest that we avoid coining new words, phrases and “commons jargon” for ideas and terms that already exist and have reasonably well-established meanings in public and academic discourse. Suggested terms with utility for commons economics: II. Below is a graphic of the GoodRelations e-comerce vocabulary (click to enlarge in another window). At the most basic level, such a diagram would allow us to hyperlink each term to a standard definition such as those given in the UNITED NATIONS METADATA COMMON VOCABULARY.

(click on the image for an enlarged view) Lists of other ontologies: Now Journal. Ed.

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Note: In the following dialogue, excerpted and edited from the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ recent teleseminar series, “Shifting Paradigms,” IONS Director of Media, Membership, and Marketing Angela Murphy talks with Monica Sharma, former physician and United Nations program director and now international leadership development consultant. In 2009, Sharma received "The Spirit of the United Nations Award,” given to those whose work expresses the core principles, spirit, and vision on which the United Nations was founded. Murphy: How did you come to do this work of transforming communities and their cultures?

Sharma: I trained as a physician, and while I did work in a hospital in the early years, I also worked with communities on large-scale problems, such as tuberculosis in India. I am not a number. This Guest Blog is from Laura Redhead, a Teach First participant who teaches in a secondary school in Liverpool.

I am not a number

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