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Bristol School of Commoning

Practical tools for managing shared resources

6 week course

When: Tuesdays, 7pm to 8.30pm (13th September – 18th October)

Where: St Paul’s Learning Centre

This course is for anyone who is working together with others in your community, whether you are running a community centre, sharing tools, or providing care, food distribution or other activities.

We invite you to bring your experience and knowledge of community support networks.  The tutor will bring a course structure that explores your experience in the context of tried and tested frameworks for successful community collaboration.

The framework we will use is ‘commons’ – meaning the parts of the economy which aren’t delivered by the state or market, and which are beyond the household scale – everything we do together informally within our communities, for the benefit of each other.  Commoning activities are typically organised by groups of people who share some form of interdependence – whether because they live near each other, are in a religious community together, or share access to a resource. 

You are all teachers in this school as well as students. We’ll all learn together and hopefully build lasting, mutually supportive relationships with each other through the process.

Tea and biscuits provided.

About the tutor

Emilia is passionate about the importance of commons. She believes that we can’t meet all of our needs within the household, and that the state and market don’t provide everything we need. They also don’t give most of us the opportunity to express all that we have to offer to the world, to each other, and to the non-human world. Commons, the fourth section of the economy (thanks Kate Raworth for this framework) are invisible, but essential.

Emilia has also spent much of her working life on climate change, and over that time has seen scientific predictions get worse and worse. Out of her deep grief for what is happening to the natural world and ecosystems, and the huge loss of biodiversity, she sees the building of community relationships of support and interdependence as one of the most meaningful things we can do.

Kate Raworth’s image of the economy – with the earth we are all dependent on on the outside, and the economy in the centre, divided into four segments: household; market; state and commons

 Fees (for the full course of 6 sessions):

  • £75 full contribution
  • £55 basic costs
  • £35 concession
  • Full bursaries available by application


Please apply using this form or by emailing Emilia at . If you want more information please email with your telephone number and I will give you a call back.