Tag Archives: Commons

Economics As If Future Generations Mattered

Economics As If Future Generations Mattered
Above: By Lieven Soete under a CC license Growing numbers of people are waking up to the reemerging Commons ethic, which holds that human systems must be aligned to match ecological ones. People believe that future generations have the inalienable right to a healthy planet, and many are now seeking ways to withdraw their consent to the politics and policies that lead to a toxic future. A rights-based approach to human systems like the ... Read more

Will Detroit’s Water be Privatized or Recognized as Commons?

Will Detroit’s Water be Privatized or Recognized as Commons?
When it comes to a person’s fundamental needs being met - nothing is more basic and human, than to share. Right now the people of Detroit are being attacked by an unelected regime that represents the interests of the banks and large corporations. Their latest campaign has been to turn residents’ water off. Approximately300,000 people shut off from water, because this makes sense in their corporate model. Detroiters sharing with neighbors ... Read more

Why We Need a New Kind of Open Cooperatives for the P2P Age

Why We Need a New Kind of Open Cooperatives for the P2P Age
The cooperative movement and cooperative enterprises are in the midst of a revival, even as some of their long-standing entities are failing. This revival is part of an ebb and flow of cooperativism, that is strongly linked to the ebb and flow of the mainstream capitalist economy. After systemic crisis such as the one in 2008, many people look at alternatives. Yet, we can’t simply look at the older models and revive them, we have to take ... Read more

The Commons as a Rising Alternative to State and Market

The Commons as a Rising Alternative to State and Market
Jeremy Rifkin's new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, brings welcome new attention to the commons just as it begins to explode in countless new directions. His book focuses on one of the most significant vectors of commons-based innovation -- the Internet and digital technologies -- and documents how the incremental costs of nearly everything is rapidly diminishing, often to zero. Rifkin explored the sweeping implications of this trend ... Read more