Silke Helfrich is an author and independent activist of the Commons. She is founding member of Commons Strategies Group and is the editor of several books on the Commons.
As David Bollier explains in this P2P Foundation discussion, the commons makes sense to Helfrich because it gets beyond the classic division of haves and have-nots, of owners and non-owners, and of public and private. Helfrich says that “The commons is about the missing third element — people as active participants, co-owners and citizens in their communities, people with relationships of responsibility toward each other and the resources that we all share together."
On 23 April 2015, Silke Helfrich will give the keynote speech at ECF's Towards a European 'Mienskip': A Public Debate about the Future of Citizens in Europe where she will discuss the following points:
- What are the most important societal challenges in Europe regarding regional development (urban –city), culture and economy (employment), where communities are taking matters into their own hands?
- What are the most important political challenges: what are the changing roles and relations between government, citizens and market?
- How to react: a real cultural paradigm shift is needed: the 21st century as the co-century of the commons, collaboration, community, communication, co-design, co-management.
In the video interview below she did for the Elevate Festival 2014, Silke Helfrich talks about what the commons mean, the need for it as well as on the challenges and possibilities in creating it.