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Michel Bauwens
Help us build a dictionary on commons economics!
Stream 4: Money, Markets and Values

As part of the ongoing post-conference documentation and with the aim of sustaining a new týpe of commons-oriented “economics” (“ecommonics?), we started with a dictionary of common economics terms, which you can find here at:

* ABC of Commons Economics,

Here is what we have until now, please do contribute, by adding items yourself or sending them to: michel at p2pfoundation dot net !

All the following are already available from the above link:

Abundance ; Abundance-Based Money
Artificial Scarcity
Assurance Commons
Atmosphere Commons
Bioregional Trusts
Chamber of the Commons
Citizen’s Economy
Civic Design
Commonification of Public Services
Commons Rights
Commons Trusts
Commons-Based Business Models ; Business Models for the Commons
Commons-Based Multilateralism
Commons-Based Needs
Commons-Based Resources
Commons-Based Organizational Forms
Commons Reserve Currency
Communal Economics
Communal Theory
Contributory Resource Use
Global Common Goods
Dissociate Economics of Property
Economic Transition Income
Egalitarian Property Modalities: Egalitarian Collectivism ; Egalitarian Commonwealth ; Egalitarian Communalism
Equitable Exchange Relationships
Equity-Based Money System
Gift Commons
Global Commons ; Global Commons Trust
Labor Commons . Labor Commons Union
Market State
Network Forms of Economic Organization;
Network State
Oppressive Scarcities
Ownership Control Matrix
Participatory Coordination
Political Spiritual Matrix
Property Liberty
Public Credit
Reliability vs Efficiency
Risk Mimimizers
Social Accounting
Social Charters
Spiritual Economic Matrix
Tragedy of Enclosures
Types of Goods
World Transition Organization

  1. We might consider referring to some existing top-level vocabularies (data dictionaries, ontologies, etc.) and perhaps building the commons-based economics vocabulary as an extension (specialized domain) of one or more of these. Examples include:


    Other UN data and metadata dictionaries, vocabularies, data sets, etc.

    The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), which is XML-based, has a variety of schemas (vocabularies) used to facilitate information exchange among partners in various disciplines, government-wide. It’s about achieving interoperability. Think of the NIEM data model as a mature and stable data dictionary of agreed-upon terms, definitions, and formats, independent of how information is stored in individual agency systems.

    GoodRelations ( is a standardized vocabulary (also known as “schema”, “data dictionary”, or “ontology”) for product, price, store, company data, etc. GoodRelations is now fully compatible with the HTML5 microdata specification and can be used as an extension for the vocabulary. Graphic of vocabulary: The schemas are a set of ‘types’, each associated with a set of properties. The types are arranged in a hierarchy.

    The geopolitical ontology, developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), provides names in seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, English, Spanish, Russian and Italian) and identifiers in various international coding systems (ISO2, ISO3, AGROVOC, FAOSTAT, FAOTERM, GAUL, UN, UNDP and DBPediaID codes) for territories and groups and tracks historical changes from 1985 up until today;[2] provides geolocation (geographical coordinates); implements relationships among countries and countries, or countries and groups, including properties such as has border with, is predecessor of, is successor of, is administered by, has members, and is in group; and disseminates country statistics including country area, land area, agricultural area, GDP or population.

    Lists of other ontologies:

  2. suggested commons economic terms:

    In my opinion this may be the single most important concept in modern society. definition: “Subsidiarity is an organising principle of decentralisation, stating that a matter ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest, or least centralised authority capable of addressing that matter effectively. The Oxford English Dictionary defines subsidiarity as the idea that a central authority should have a subsidiary function, performing only those tasks which cannot be performed effectively at a more immediate or local level. The concept is applicable in the fields of government, political science, cybernetics, management, military, and, … In political theory, subsidiarity is sometimes viewed as a principle entailed by the idea of federalism.”

    conditional ownership

    equity (in finance and in law)

    more terms:

    absentee ownership
    doctrine of laches
    doctrine of perpetuity
    community land trust
    community property
    joint tenancy
    tenancy in common
    conservation easement
    public easement
    public interest
    beneficial interest
    deed restriction

  3. The list of commons economic terms in the original article has a very notable omission:


    I suggest that we avoid coining new words, phrases and jargon for terms that already exist and have reasonably well understood meanings in the public mind.

  4. thanks, I have kept track of your suggestions here,, and will work on it later!


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