Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth
Global Environmental Governance: Elements of a Reform Agenda
Earth System Governance - The Challenge for Social Science
Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth
What Amazonia Does the World Need?
The Challenge of Environmental Governance
On the Road to Rio+20 - Proposals for a Citizen Project
"Biocivilization" for the Sustainability of Life and of the Planet. Video on the Workshop
Biocivilization for the Sustainability of Life and of the Planet - Workshop
Proposals for a New World Governance
Rethinking and Changing World Governance
Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
Rio+20 and Beyond. No Future without Justice
A new historical moment?
Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development
Rio+20: Failed Diplomacy, Feeble Democracy
Dialog of Chinese, European, and South American Civil Societies at Rio+20
Call to Multiply the Village of Alternatives
3rd Dialogue Meeting between civil societies from China, Europe and South America
Could the COP 21 be our next Westphalian Moment?
Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
Hearing on Neo-liberal Politics and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean
Inventing a New World Governance Now
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
Can Democracy Survive Interdependence?
The World March of Women Third International Action
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
Decent Work as a Goal for the Global Economy
How to break out the system trap. A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism.
Territories and Globalization: The Stakes of Development
A Global Pension Plan
Alternative World Water Forum
The State of the Right to Education Worldwide: Free or Fee
Cities for All
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
Migrants spearhead an unprecedented political-cultural battle: to open new routes to the world
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
Global Calling-for-help Center
Take Back the Land!
An Ecological Act: A Backgrounder to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
New Rules for New Radicals ? *
On the Road to a Citizens Assembly
Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
Bringing the Violence of War under Control in a Globalized World
Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
World Governance of Ressentiment*
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
Choosing between Two Evils or Rethinking Armed Interventionism
Dictionary of World Power
Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
Foundations for Biocivilization
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
New York summit is last chance to get consensus on climate before 2015 talks
World Governance of Civilian and Military Nuclear Energy
What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?
From the Forum for a new World Governance (FnWG) to the World Democratic Forum (WDF)
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
Conceptualising Global Democracy
Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
Swords into Plowshares
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
It is only by moving from the idea of individual protection to the idea of protection of all that we can start to envisage the possibility of a global social contract. In other words, it is our global freedom, that is, our freedom to enjoy, thus to protect, what is common to all of us as a world community that will entice us to, and determine our will to extract ourselves from what is essentially becoming a global war on our planet, on our “commons,” and on ourselves.
But what does this “all” entail? For all the talk of a universal or pluri-versal culture or civilization, of a common destiny, of global ethical principles that might bind humankind together, these noteworthy concepts have not, at least not yet, withstood the test against the dark forces of nationalism, greed, and resentment that seem to rule the day despite grandiloquent discourses to the contrary. To fight these forces resolutely, relentlessly and effectively, one needs something more tangible and more palpable than what are often perceived as soft principles with few means of being altogether enforced. The concept of common goods, or simply “commons,” on the other hand, may have the potential of serving as this bond for humankind.
The concept of “commons” does not just entail a physical (or, in some cases “digital”) matter but rather a new manner of envisioning ourselves and others, our environment, and our relationship to this environment. Through the concepts of “commons” and “commoning,” one radically transforms the traditional equation of freedom and property by reasserting freedom in a global—and not just individual—fashion while also extracting from this concept its traditional tie to private property. Such a reversal has potential and profound long-term consequences in that it alters our social commitment and allegiance from what was exclusively a national “contract” that most of us—with the exclusion of those changing nationalities—inherited, to what would amount to a global and voluntary contract. As such, to our traditional bi-dimensional identity as individuals and national citizens (in strictly juridical terms, as all of us identify also with communities other than national) is added a third dimension, a global citizenry of sorts.