Narangkar Glover 
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Re: “Radically Sharing Temescal

Since we have publicly funded commons already - like libraries and parks and Public Education, my questions is: Can Omni Commons serve as an augmentation to the gaping holes in Public services that could, nay, should, be being improved, but are not (Instead they are dwindling). Can it be done without further devaluing what little we have already? Can it be done without becoming entrenched in a sort of self congratulatory echo-chamber, or Social Club if you will, that exists solely to keep itself in business and its participants occupied?

I mean, it's tragic enough that our public spaces and public schools are underused, under-funded and under-appreciated. I for one, would like to see a municipality that puts more value, and therefore more energy and funding into these programs, rather than cutting them - because they are underused, only because they are terrible, only because they aren't funded. I for one, would like to hold our elected people accountable for these failures. Do these privately funded civic operations, in an odd sort of twist, continue to allow government apathy, or can they bring the issues to light?

Thinking optimistically, let's look at Omni Commons as a space that could expose these gaps. Perhaps each person who participates experiences a sort of Social wake-up-call, like "HEY, these things are supposed to be Public!". And maybe the very idea of a private library, and a private "free school" no matter how pure the intentions, should feel wrong, and maybe that will prompt us to consider our values just a little bit more.

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Posted by Narangkar Glover on 01/22/2015 at 10:57 AM

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