[cc-au] FW: Invitation to Join a New Commons
j2.coates at qut.edu.au
Mon May 12 01:15:50 EDT 2008
Hey all - people on these lists might be interested in the post below.
> Come Visit the New, Expanded OntheCommons.org website!
> For more than three years OntheCommons.org has been a pioneering
source of news,
> information and commentary about anything having to do with the
> after a lengthy retooling process, we are thrilled to launch a
> version of the website. Starting today OntheCommons.org has a dramatic look,
> many new editorial features and plentiful opportunities for your
> Since you are a registered user we would like to invite you to be among the
> first to check out the new site. Read the blog posts, essays, news
> of fellow commoners. Upload information about yourself in a Facebook-like
> profile. Submit ideas and entries of your own. And help us make
> OntheCommons.org a truly participatory commons.
> Logging In
> As a returning user from the previous OntheCommons.org website, you should be
> able to immediately log in using the green Participate menu at the top right
> corner of any page. Enter your email address in the first box and
> in the next box. If you have forgotten your password, enter your
> request a new password, and follow the instructions. If you have a different
> email address since you first registered, or can't remember ever registering
> simply follow the instructions for new registration. If there is
> reply to this email and explain the issue. We will help you right away.
> We are hoping that OntheCommons.org will be not only a source of useful
> information, but also an irresistible place for commoners to hang
out with each
> other, instigate new initiatives and advance the commons on many fronts.
> However, first we need to get to know each other better. We hope you will be
> more than a guest. We hope you will register, contribute content and return
> again and again. The new site lets you create your own profile-a key function
> for other commoners who share a particular interest to locate you and your
> contributions. Our new "topic and tag system" will help everyone navigate,
> search and find highly specialized subjects.
> We are also proud to offer several new editorial features. They
> Champions, profiles of people doing important work on commons; Commons in
> Action, that focuses on local commons work around the country and
the world; and
> Commons in the News, highlights of commons issues in both mainstream and
> independent media. You'll continue to find blogs and essays
exploring new ideas
> and important developments related to the commons.
> Another major change is a new name for the organization that launched
> OntheCommons.org. Tomales Bay Institute is changing its name to On
> We hope that our new name will better communicate our mission and attract new
> partners and friends to help in this work.
> To expand our coverage of the commons, Jay Walljasper is joining me
as an editor
> of OntheCommons.org. Jay has a rich and varied background in magazines,
> including Utne Reader, where he was Editor for 15 years, and Ode
> is currently a Senior Editor. On the Commons coordinator Kathleen
> the site as Managing Editor. On the Commons Managing Fellow Julie Ristau,
> former publisher of Utne Reader, played a critical role in shepherding the
> website redesign to completion and also joins the editorial team.
> We also think of you as part of the team. It is our fervent desire that
> OntheCommons.org become a place for conversation and community. We
> our current readers, to be at the forefront of new thinking on cultural and
> economic ideas. You are the leading players in a movement for
> and political reconstruction. So we encourage you to offer ideas
> on the site and get involved. If you have any questions, suggestions or
> criticisms, please send them along to us.
> We want to thank Andrew Sloat of Drainage Ditch and his colleague
> for their fantastic design and programming of the website. They have put
> together a tremendously versatile and stylish site that will allow us to grow
> and advance the cause of the commons.
> David Bollier
> Editor, OntheCommons.org
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> OnTheCommons.org is a project of On the Commons
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