Thinking about the Next System: David Bollier on the Commons

 

The Great Sandy Desert (Ngurrara) as viewed by the original Australian inhabitants of northern Western Australia. Bollier included this “map” in his presentation to illustrate the difference between a commons-based interpretation of a place that prioritizes cultural and ethical values and a scientific map that is all about geographic and topographic accuracy. For more on the Ngurrara map. See this page.

At a lunch seminar at the Next System Project last week, David Bollier reviewed some of the  work he has done on the various expressions and formations of “the commons.”  It’s a fascinating area of inquiry that offers a helpful way to think about how a more just and humane economic and social system can counter the hegemony of the market in capitalist societies. This post talks about Bollier’s presentation and also draws from his paper Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm,  published by the Next System Project in 2016.

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Remaking the Message: Blueprint for a Progressive Economic Populism in 2018

First posted at Occupy.com

2018 promises to be a fateful year in the United States. If the Republicans can hold on to their majorities in Congress and maintain power in state legislatures, they will have weathered an intense storm created by the backlash to Donald Trump’s presidency and their own extremely narrow legislative agenda. On the other hand, if current projections of a Democratic wave hold true, there may be a chance for a new beginning and a reversal of the decades-long neoliberal agenda.

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