Types of Goods and Producers
Final Declaration "Linking Alternatives 2"
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
Dialog of Chinese, European, and South American Civil Societies at Rio+20
Hearing on Neo-liberal Politics and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean
What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?
Rio+20 and Beyond. No Future without Justice
People-centered Global Governance: Making It Happen!
Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
Forging a World of Liberty under Law: US National Security in the Twenty-first Century
The Challenge of Environmental Governance
What Amazonia Does the World Need?
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
On the Road to Rio+20 - Proposals for a Citizen Project
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
The World March of Women Third International Action
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
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.