Common Ends

Fostering creative culture in the commons.

Free Culture Dundee (and Scotland)

The Common Ends project is proud to announce that we’re now a member of Free Culture UK. Free Culture Uk is an established grassroots movement promoting an open, participatory culture. This vision is shared by the Common Ends project, so rather than attempt to do what has already been done, we plan to follow their lead by adopting the Free Culture Uk constitution and following their objectives, as a local group. In addition to our already stated aims we now plan to work in accordance with the following objectives:

  • Draw on the resources, skills and experiences of Free Culture (Uk) members, to document the problems faced by free culture as well as their solutions.
  • Make and facilitate projects being made on free culture issues.
  • Acquire and pass on the skills required by free culture activists.
  • To create access to a skills and equipment pool for the projects the group makes.
  • Present interesting, thought-provoking free culture projects and exhibitions in pubs, clubs, community centres, cinemas and muddy fields across the country
  • Promote the distribution of free culture made by or in connection with Free Culture UK
  • Act as a point of contact and reference for campaigners and like-minded individuals
  • Collaborate with community groups in furtherance of our purpose and other objectivies
  • Develop and maintain an archive of grassroots political free culture activity.

August 7, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, free culture, mission, Organisation | Leave a comment

Commons Culture Is Coming to Scotland…

This Blog is the beginnings of a much bigger project to advocate the Creative Commons and open participatory culture.

We are based in Dundee, Scotland, but our plans are global in scope. Our initial aims are broadly:

  1. To support individuals and communities; assisting them in collaborating freely with others in open, democratic ways.
  2. To support individuals and communities wishing to allow others to share and build upon their works (artistic or otherwise)
  3. To support cultures of openness, participation and transparency for the betterment of humanity.
  4. To better articulate our goals and refine our organisational aims.

To get things off the ground we plan to collaborate, join and support other initiatives that aim to democratise media, further enable commons based peer production and change the world for the better. We do not believe in reinventing the wheel unless it means developing a better wheel, so we view collaboration as a key principle in fullfilling our mission.

We have strong sympathies with the philosophies behind participatory and free culture, Creative Commons, and the Free and Libre Open Source Software movement. Technology and the Internet in particular will play a significant part in freeing people and empowering them to change culture and the world for the better. It is our belief however that to influence significant change technology is only part of the solution. True change can only come if people understand the array of tools they can use, of which technology is just one.

One of our initial plans is to assist in establishing a locally based community in Dundee & Scotland based around the transparent sharing of information and artistic works through Creative Commons and FLOSS licenses.

As you can no doubt see we are at the start of our journey, we have lots of ideas and plans and are in need of assistance. If you’re interested in what we’re trying to do and want to help then you can contact us at common.ends [at] We plan to assemble some online community forums and mailing lists in the near future to help get our ideas off the ground. Stay tuned to this blog for more details.

July 24, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, Creative Commons, free culture, Free Software, mission, Organisation | Leave a comment