A Commons is always more than just the resources which make it up. Chaos-Roller is more than a few scooters standing around or being used at #36c3 - it is a shared cultural experience, a shared learning process.
This process didn't start with our Crowdfunding for #36c3. It started years ago at earlier Chaos events.
Not everyone reads twitter or chaos.social, so the word didn't spread quickly enough. (This thread is an attempt to spread it further.) So we knew, for #36c3 we had to have a solution for this - a color code for public scooters.
I hope one thing is clear - this is again a #Commons, so it is not made up of the actual green-orange scooters. It is made up by the *shared knowledge*, that green-orange scooters, and only them, are public goods.
In #Commons theory, there is the term "Tragedy of the Commons": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons#Tragedy_of_the_commons
Such tragedies happen when there is a lack of community and communication, so you end up with over-use and depleted resources. When you start a Commons, you need to talk about this.
There are several patterns to counter a Tragedy of the Commons. Communication is important: you can try find a way of including communication into the way the #Commons are used.
Because we have the advantage of resilience. Our #Commons isn't threatened by over-use anyway. Scooters are not a depletable resource like water, cattle, or a forest.
The pattern which affects Chaos-Roller the most, is not the danger of Tragedy of the #Commons, but rather the tragedy of private property.
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