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2018-09-20 14:00:00 2018-09-20 14:00:00 Australia/Melbourne Enlightened Development II Thought leaders Michel Bauwens, Gilbert Rochecouste and Dominique Hes explored the future of the Commons. How will we create cities... Australia Zachary Tangey

Enlightened Development II

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Thought leaders Michel Bauwens, Gilbert Rochecouste and Dominique Hes explored the future of the Commons. How will we create cities and places that are affordable, connected and meaningful? How will collaboration with the private sector and stakeholders play a role?

Event Description

Village Well and Municipal Association of Victoria proudly presents:

ENLIGHTENED DEVELOPMENT II - Stewards of the Commons. It’s time for a new story

Special Guest and Keynote Speaker:


Michel Bauwens is the founder and president of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He travels extensively lecturing on P2P and the Commons as emergent paradigms and the opportunities they present to move towards a post-capitalist world. Michel is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, who have organised major global conferences on the commons and economics.

As research director of the he produced the first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador, in order to create policies for a ‘social knowledge economy’. In 2015 was launched. Commons Transition builds on the work of the FLOK Society and features newly revised and updated, non-region specific versions of these policy documents. It aims toward a society of the Commons that would enable a more egalitarian, just, and environmentally stable world.


Dr Dominique Hes

Director, Thrive Research Hub
Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Gilbert Rochecouste

Managing Director and Founder, Village Well

21st Century Vision

The 21st Century will be a battle to protect and nourish the commons. How can we create cities and places for all; places that are affordable, connected, meaningful and life nourishing. How will governments and the private sector collaborate and partner with stakeholders in creating new community led governance systems to revitalise and activate places? Join thought leaders Michel Bauwens, Gilbert Rochecouste and Dominique Hes as we explore:

  • Regenerative systems of development being used by enlightened developers creating the new cities.
  • The new 21st Century governance systems
  • How to empower community to be part of the conversation
  • How entrepreneurs are building the new economy for all
  • Global case studies of the commons and shareable cities.

Who Should attend?

Property Developers, Architects, Designers, Councils, community leaders and those interested in new collaborative community structures and governance.