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?
Swords into Plowshares
Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
The Global Marshall Plan
The Armed Forces and World Governance
Dictionary of World Power
For Global Reform, a Social Democratic Approach to Globalization
Governance for Sustainability
Decent Work as a Goal for the Global Economy
Choosing between Two Evils or Rethinking Armed Interventionism
The World Governance Index (WGI)
Greenhouse-gas Emissions and Global Mitigation Efforts
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
A Global Pension Plan
The State of the Right to Education Worldwide: Free or Fee
Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
Can We Close the Education Gap?
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
The Five WGI Indicators
Final Declaration "Linking Alternatives 2"
From the Forum for a new World Governance (FnWG) to the World Democratic Forum (WDF)
Moving Toward a New World Governance
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Bringing the Violence of War under Control in a Globalized World
Foundations for Biocivilization
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
Forging a World of Liberty under Law: US National Security in the Twenty-first Century
World Protests 2006-2013
Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
Theories of Global Governance
Take Back the Land!
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
China: Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2009
The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
World Governance. A Personal European View
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
New Rules for New Radicals ? *
A War Hiding Another War
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Conceptualising Global Democracy
The Future of the Commons
Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
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.