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?
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
The Armed Forces and World Governance
Declaration of the Regions on Their Participation in Governance and Globalization
Political and Institutional Governance
Foundations for Biocivilization
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
The Future of the Commons
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
Governance for Sustainability
Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Swords into Plowshares
Thirty years of Habitat I: no more neoliberal model of cities!
What South Africa Does the World Need?
Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Globalization, Post-materialism and Threefolding
WGI: World Governance Index (2009 Report)
World Governance Index (WGI)
Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
World Governance of Ressentiment*
World Protests 2006-2013
Allende Hoy (English version)
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
Take Back the Land!
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
An Ecological Act: A Backgrounder to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
Conceptualising Global Democracy
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
Dictionary of World Power
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
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.