The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State

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David Bollier, Silke Helfrich
Levellers Press, May 23, 2014 - Political Science - 462 pages
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We are poised between an old world that no longer works and a new one struggling to be born. Surrounded by centralized hierarchies on the one hand and predatory markets on the other, people around the world are searching for alternatives. The Wealth of the Commons explains how millions of commoners have organized to defend their forests and fisheries, reinvent local food systems, organize productive online communities, reclaim public spaces, improve environmental stewardship and re-imagine the very meaning of "progress" and governance. In short, how they've built their commons. In 73 timely essays by a remarkable international roster of activists, academics and project leaders, this book chronicles ongoing struggles against the private com­moditization of shared resources - often known as market enclosures - while docu­menting the immense generative power of the commons. The Wealth of the Commons is about history, political change, public policy and cultural transformation on a global scale - but most of all, it's about individual commoners taking charge of their lives and their endangered resources. "This fine collection makes clear that the idea of the Commons is fully international, and increasingly fully worked-out. If you find yourself wondering what Occupy wants, or if some other world is possible, this pragmatic, down-to-earth, and unsentimental book will provide many of the answers." - Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and The Durable Future
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
We Are Not Born as Egoists
Dealing with Social Dilemmas
Shorthand Comparsion ofTheir Core Beliefs First Thoughts for a Phenomenology of
Rethinking theSocial WelfareStateinLight ofthe Commons
Commons
AShort Sketch The Abundance ofthe Commons? PART
Rights
A NeverEnding Story
Gardening as a Corrective for Homo Economicus
SharingOurCommon
Towards a ButterflySociety Shared SpaceASpace Sharedisa Space Doubled Transition Towns Initiatives of Transformation
A Brazilian Experience withthe Commons andIts Relationship withtheState Capable Leadership Institutional Skills
TheCodeis the Seedof
Linz AustriaBenefited from Committing to
Commons

Realities
The Case
Commons
Innovation Commons
Structure Rights inImmaterial Commons PART FIVE
Kept WithinStrict Boundaries

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About the author (2014)

David Bollier is an American author, activist and independent scholar who has studied the commons for fifteen years and blogs at www.bollier.org.

Silke Helfrich is a German author and independent activist of the commons who blogs at www.com¬mons¬¬blog.de. Bollier and Helfrich co-founded the Commons Strategies Group in 2010 with Michel Bauwens of the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives.

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