Common Ends

Fostering creative culture in the commons.

Free Culture Recruitment Poster

Most groups when they’re starting up need to recruit new members to their cause. Free Culture Dundee are no different, and are hoping to recruit artists, writers, musicians, film makers, technologists and anyone who’s interested in Free Culture or creating things.  If you’re interested in helping then you can email us at common[.]ends[@]gmail[.]com

Lawrence Lessig as the Statue of Liberty [Bound By Law - [BY-NC-SA]]

To help us out in recruiting volunteers to our cause, I mashed up a quick poster, with an cartoon picture of Lawrence Lessig as the Statue of Liberty from the excellent Bound By Law comic book. A comic introduction to Creative Commons licenses. The A4 poster was created in the great free software (GPL) desktop publishing application Scribus.

You can help us out by downloading a copy of the PDF, printing it and posting it all over Dundee, alternatively feel free to remix the poster as you see fit. The picture used in the poster (and shown above) is licensed by Bound By Law under a non commercial license, but feel free to alter the rest of the poster as if it were public domain.

September 24, 2006 Posted by | Creative Commons, free culture, Materials | 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] gmail.com. 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