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Tapestry of the Commons
Reclaiming our Common Wealth
What is or should be Private Property?
What is or should be Common Wealth?
A new interactive rediscovery of the Commons
By weaving ribbons representing different Natural and Cultural Commons the Tapestry emerges that supports all life on the
Satin ribbons representing Natures Gifts to all her
creations Sky, Land, Water, Animals interweave with the gifts of our
ancestors, our Cultural Heritage, to form an interdependent Tapestry of
the Commons. Together we weave the tapestry, together we remember the
gifts of the commons, and together we unweave the ribbons as we assess
the current state of our common wealth.
The Tapestry of the Commons is an interactive, engaging
and beautiful project for groups of all ages and levels. We can use it
to explore the concepts of common, public and private property;
interconnectedness and sustainability; and the threats of
privatization, globalization, commodification and corporatization. With
a narrative grounded in history and through exercises and games we
emerge with ideas for focused action designed to reclaim our common
to view the Tapestry of the Commons project materials, including
instructions for construction the tapestry and to contact someone to
arrange a Tapestry of the Commons presentation, or for other questions.
A Democracy Tool by Jan Edwards
A project of The Alliance for Democracy