Types of Goods and Producers
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
The Global Marshall Plan
Dictionary of World Power
Call to Multiply the Village of Alternatives
The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
Videos on the Seminar "What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?"
Theories of Global Governance
People-centered Global Governance: Making It Happen!
What Europe does the world need?
World Governance of Civilian and Military Nuclear Energy
Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
Transforming Capitalism: the Triple Crisis
Cities for All
Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy
Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
Foundations for Biocivilization
Towards a World Citizens Movement
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
Another Future Is Possible
Twenty-one thinkers and activists from around the world gathered at Crottorf Castle near Cologne, Germany, on June 25-27, 2009, to discuss their shared interest in the commons as a new paradigm of politics, economics and culture. It was a meeting without an explicit agenda, yet one that yielded extraordinarily rich results: a clearer sense of how a new discourse of the commons might be developed; how it could be used to confront the savage pathologies of neoliberalism; and how it could serve as a proto-political philosophy for building more eco-friendly, humanistic forms of self-governance.
What follows is a selective and partial distillation of the discussions. It
is compiled from my notes and memory, and therefore reflects my
personal perceptions of the event. Quotations below have been
reconstructed from notes, and not a transcript, so they are approximate
and not necessarily verbatim. Because I wanted to keep this report fairly
succinct and focus on the commons paradigm itself, I have given only
brief treatments of many conversations that deserve lengthier treatments
in themselves. These topics include the biotech industry’s enclosure of
seeds, nanotechnology and the privatization of basic elements of matter;
the Google Books project that is digitizing the books of university
libraries; the South African government’s repression of squatters and
other commoners; as well as the hopeful activities of the Solidarity
Economy movement and the Transition Towns movement. I have also
taken liberties in the ordering of topics and themes, which were not
discussed in the same sequence of this text. A list of participants and
suggested readings are included as appendices.