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  • From: Jessica Coates <j2.coates AT>
  • To: "cc-au AT" <cc-au AT>, "cc-nz AT" <cc-nz AT>
  • Subject: [cc-au] FW: Invitation to Join a New Commons
  • Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 15:15:50 +1000

Hey all - people on these lists might be interested in the post below.

> Come Visit the New, Expanded website!
> For more than three years has been a pioneering
source of news,
> information and commentary about anything having to do with the
commons. Now,
> after a lengthy retooling process, we are thrilled to launch a
greatly improved
> version of the website. Starting today 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
and profiles
> of fellow commoners. Upload information about yourself in a Facebook-like
> profile. Submit ideas and entries of your own. And help us make
> a truly participatory commons.
> Logging In
> As a returning user from the previous 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
old password
> in the next box. If you have forgotten your password, enter your
email address,
> 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
any problem,
> reply to this email and explain the issue. We will help you right away.
> We are hoping that 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
include Commons
> 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
> Tomales Bay Institute is changing its name to On
the Commons.
> 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 Jay has a rich and varied background in magazines,
> including Utne Reader, where he was Editor for 15 years, and Ode
magazine, where
> is currently a Senior Editor. On the Commons coordinator Kathleen
Maloney joins
> 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
> become a place for conversation and community. We
consider you,
> 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
social connection
> and political reconstruction. So we encourage you to offer ideas
about material
> 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
Renda Morton
> 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,
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> is a project of On the Commons

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  • [cc-au] FW: Invitation to Join a New Commons, Jessica Coates, 05/12/2008

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