Commons-based Approaches

Interested in learning more about working within a commons framework? This content explores practices that encourage sharing and collaboration, and examples of commons in action.

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Meanwhile: Becoming Porous
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Meanwhile: Becoming Porous

Mientras Tanto: Hacia La Porosidad

by Una Chaudhuri, Robert Duffley, Georgina Escobar, Eli Nixon, Adilson Siqueira, brontë velez
21 November 2019
Center for Cultural Innovation's inaugural AmbitioUS convening
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Center for Cultural Innovation's inaugural AmbitioUS convening

Encouraging alternative economies and a fresh social contract for artists and cultural anchors

Wednesday 23 October 2019
Oakland, California
The Promise of the Commons
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The Promise of the Commons

by Javiera Benavente, Liza Bielby, David Bollier, Jamie Gahlon, Jax Gil, Matthew Glassman, Richard Newman, Gina Reichert, Jennie Rose Halperin, JD Stokely, Carlos Uriona
10 October 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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Meanwhile: Becoming Porous
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Meanwhile: Becoming Porous

Mientras Tanto: Hacia La Porosidad

21 November 2019

Robert Duffley, Una Chaudhuri, Georgina Escobar, Eli Nixon, Adilson Siqueira, and Brontë Velez reflect on the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics convening that took place in Mexico City in June 2019.

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Center for Cultural Innovation's inaugural AmbitioUS convening
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Center for Cultural Innovation's inaugural AmbitioUS convening

Encouraging alternative economies and a fresh social contract for artists and cultural anchors

Wednesday 23 October 2019
Oakland, California

Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) presented the inaugural AmbitioUS convening encouraging the development of burgeoning alternative economies and a fresh social contract in ways that artists and cultural anchors can achieve financial freedom. Livestreamed from Oakland, California on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 8:30 a.m. PDT (Oakland, UTC -7) / 10:30 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 11:30 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 15:30 UTC +0 / 4:30 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 17:30 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

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The Promise of the Commons
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The Promise of the Commons

10 October 2019

In honor of World Commons Week 2019, a working group of eleven US-based arts and cultural makers share their vision on how adopting a commons-based approach can help transform the arts into a more equitable and just field.

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Power of the Commons with David Bollier
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Power of the Commons with David Bollier

at Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts

Monday 30 September 2019
Boston, Massachusetts

HowlRound Theatre Commons and Emerson College's Engagement Lab presented The Power of the Commons with author David Bollier livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Monday 30 September at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-5) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Radical Disruptions
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Radical Disruptions

How Intergenerational Exchange Builds Community

22 September 2019
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Drawing a Line
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Drawing a Line

Addressing Sexual Harassment in our Theatre Communities

17 July 2019

Dawn M. Simmons, John Meredith, and Jen Lewis, from New England’s StageSource, discuss where progress needs to happen to address harassment in the theatre industry.

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Happy New Year from HowlRound
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Happy New Year from HowlRound

Reflections on 2018

31 December 2018

HowlRound Director Jamie Gahlon reflects on 2018 and looks forward to 2019.

What If
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What If

The JUBILEE’s Vision of Unity and Action

24 October 2018

Rachel Grossman and Kirk Lynn announce the JUBILEE, a year-long nationwide festival in 2020/20201 that asks companies to commit to producing a season of work by artists who have been traditionally excluded from the American theatre.

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The Birth of a Theatre Commons
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The Birth of a Theatre Commons

HowlRound from 2009-2017

3 October 2018

Alexis Frasz and Holly Sidford of Helicon Collaborative share the case study they wrote on HowlRound. Alexis and Holly believe HowlRound’s story is particularly resonant for this moment in time, and has potential to influence thinking and shift practice in the theatre sector and beyond. This essay shares a few thoughts on why they think HowlRound’s story matters in today’s political and economic context.

The Birth of a Climate Commons for Theatre and Performance
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The Birth of a Climate Commons for Theatre and Performance

18 September 2018

Lani Fu introduces the Climate Commons, an initiative that emerged from the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change convening in June 2018. 

Radical Ideas Welcome
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Radical Ideas Welcome

What Should the Latinx Theatre Commons Do Next?

13 September 2018

Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Producer Abigail Vega reflects on the last six years of programming, and encourages the community to submit ideas for future LTC programming.

How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists
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How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists

10 September 2018

Dramaturg Sierra Carlson describes her process for hosting a Women in Theatre Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at her university, and encourages others engage in digital dramaturgical activism.

Denver
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Denver

Where Playwrights Love Playwrights (and Actors, Directors, and Producers)

23 August 2018

Leslie C. Lewis looks at how playwrights are working together and building community with Rough Draught Playwrights in Denver, Colorado.

Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion
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Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion

Welcome to the Carnaval of New Latinx Work

19 July 2018

Lisa Portes' remarks from the opening of the Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Latinx Work in Chicago, Illinois. 

Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad
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Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad

Modeling Decolonized Practices/Las Practicas Hacia La Descolonización

31 May 2018

Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian talks with representatives of organizations which are intentionally working towards decolonized practices.

Shifting the Leadership Paradigm
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Shifting the Leadership Paradigm

the Berkshire Leadership Summit and Beyond

9 April 2018

Sara Brookner interviews the steering committee of the Berkshire Leadership Summit, which brought together a hundred present and future US and Canadian women leaders to discuss equity and advancement in the theatre field.

Representation Matters
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Representation Matters

The Monologue Project

8 April 2018

Gab Cody reflects on the birth of The Monologue Project, an initiative that started in Pittsburgh, USA and Dallas, USA to increase the canon of audition-length monologues for women of African Descent.

Opening Space for Collaboration and Change
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Opening Space for Collaboration and Change

5 March 2018

Director Amy Clare Tasker on how the organizing practice of Open Space has revolutionized her work.

Art is Essential to Democracy
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Art is Essential to Democracy

18 January 2018

Tanya Selvaratnam, a  co-founder of The Federation—a coalition of artists and activists—discusses their Art Action Day on 20 January 2018. 

Networks and New Works
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Networks and New Works

NNPN Turns Twenty

16 January 2018

On the twentieth anniversary of its founding, Nan Barnett reflects on the National New Play Network’s growth, and discusses the organization’s impact.

Seven Years in
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Seven Years in

HowlRound Theatre Commons Evolves

9 January 2018

HowlRound staff articulate HowlRound's mission, vision, and values, and discuss how folks can participate in creating the commons. 

#52PlaysbyWomen
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#52PlaysbyWomen

An Advocacy Action Introspection

19 December 2017

Laura Shamas reports on the successes and challenges of launching the year-long social media campaign #52PlaysbyWomen.

Vivir de Teatro en Nuevo León (Making a Life in the Theatre of Nuevo León)
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Vivir de Teatro en Nuevo León (Making a Life in the Theatre of Nuevo León)

Wednesday 6 December 2017
Monterrey, Mexico

Mariela López, a World Theatre Map Ambassador, presented the conversation Vivir de Teatro en Nuevo León (Making a Life in the Theatre of Nuevo León) livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 19:00 CST (Monterrey, UTC -6) / 5 p.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 8 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 22:00 CLST (Santiago, Chile, UTC -3). In Twitter follow @howlround, and use #howlround.

My Gender is Hot Fire
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My Gender is Hot Fire

The Birth of the Non-Binary Monologues Project

30 October 2017

K. Woodzick talks about creating The Non-Binary Monologues Project, and the need for more resources for non-binary theatremakers.

Announcing the HowlRound Challenge Convenings
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Announcing the HowlRound Challenge Convenings

4 October 2017

HowlRound announces the four selected convening proposals for the HowlRound Challenge, a new initiative to incubate ideas and seed action to make a better theatre and a better world.