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Commons-based Approaches

HowlRound defines commons-based approaches as practices that promote relationality, cooperation, horizontal and decentralized decision-making and networks, bottom-up activity, and peer-to-peer sharing of infrastructure, material goods, knowledge, and ideas. Content in this section directly addresses practices of commoning from around the field. Dive in with essays on the promise of the commons, the birth of a climate commons, and how a commons becomes a selection committee.

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The Corpo Quebrada and Ecopoetics of the Commons / O Corpo Quebrada e as Ecopoéticas dos Comuns
Essay
The Corpo Quebrada and Ecopoetics of the Commons / O Corpo Quebrada e as Ecopoéticas dos Comuns
by Adilson Siqueira
22 April 2022
IETM Focus Brussels 2022: "Beyond Fairness: Stories of Solidarity"
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IETM Focus Brussels 2022: "Beyond Fairness: Stories of Solidarity"
Brussels-based artist Anna Rispoli talks about the Common Wallet project.
Thursday 7 April 2022
Brussels, Belgium
There’s No Such Thing as an Original Play
Essay
There’s No Such Thing as an Original Play
by Ezra Brain
22 March 2022
Commons Projects
Essay

Commons Projects

14 December 2011
Five people stand on a stage with two large black squares on the floor.
Theater as a Collective Experience
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Theater as a Collective Experience

6 October 2011

The Workhaus Playwrights Collectivewhich disbanded in 2016 — came from a desire to create a playwright-driven theatre company, where no administrative infrastructure chooses the plays or plans the seasons.

A logo that reads "TCG at 50: What if..."
Getting Over Ourselves
Essay

Getting Over Ourselves

27 June 2011

Reflecting on the 2011 TCG Conference, P. Carl asks “What if we could get over ourselves?” at both the individual and institutional level.

My Body, My Words
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My Body, My Words

6 June 2011

Tracing the family she's created artistically and socially, Virginia Grise writes about art-making as a process of survival, self-actualization, and community building.

Civic Theater
Essay

Civic Theater

29 May 2011

Part one of Michael Rohd's look at "How does the work we do impact, intersect with and contribute to a healthy, functional democracy?"

A book entitled "The Gift: How the creative spirit transforms the world."
Notes on Generosity in the Theater
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Notes on Generosity in the Theater

10 April 2011

Thoughts on maintaining a sense of abundance and gratitude as a theatre artist.

The Theatre of the Future
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The Theatre of the Future

9 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, Meiyin Wang hypothesizes on the future of theatre and the impact it can have on the world.

Cuban woman with headphones talking in a video conference.
How to Produce a Livestream Event
Series

How to Produce a Livestream Event

Guides to the tools and embedded values.

A series of guides on how to produce your livestream events which prioritize accessibility, inclusion, low carbon practices, and the commons.

Political Ideology and Art
Series

Political Ideology and Art

A series in which each writer was invited to respond based upon the intersection of political ideology and art in their work.

Rural Theatre
Series

Rural Theatre

A series featuring voices from the United States' rural arts communities.

Emerson College
Series

Emerson College

A series on HowlRound's partner, Emerson College.