Music, art, science, free software, media and journalism are included in the wide range of “Commons of the Mind” those commons which originate from human creativity and which are fundamental to the development of culture and progress.

Content, transported via codes or through creative works, can never be generated without the use of (natural, social and cultural) common resources. Be it energy, the investments and institutions of the public education system, knowledge or cultural techniques: what appears to be the result of individual creativity is always a societal product as well.

The worldwide controversies regarding the regulation of access to, and the handling of, knowledge, culture and information constantly provide for headlines. Be it the opposition to the constant expansion of copyright law, the fight against software patents or the energy which digitally connected communities invest into the creation of open encyclopaedias, free software, and various other free cultural, educational and research projects, the issue is omnipresent.

This evening’s discussion will present examples of the controversies concerning the societal availability of “Commons of the Mind”, and will examine creative solutions from around the world.

On the panel:

DJ Spooky a.k.a. Paul D. Miller (US), Kaitlin Thaney (US), Ronaldo Lemos (BR), David Bollier (US), Michael Tuck (US)

moderators: Petra Buhr (DE) & Daniel Erlacher (Elevate)

+ in the audience:Paul Keller Henrik Moltke (DK), ...

panel discussion - language: english; duration: 2h