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?
Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy
People’s Food Sovereignty Statement
Swords into Plowshares
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
For a World Citizen Movement
A European Way of Security. The Madrid Report on the Human Security Study Group
Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
Theories of Global Governance
The Great Together
The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
Building Consensus on Food Safety Programs among Consumer and Public Health Organizations
Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
Nairobi World Parliamentary Forum Resolution
The Future of Democratic Sovereignty and Transnational Law
Can We Close the Education Gap?
Raising International Climate Finance
Extreme Poverty and World Governance
Letter to our readers and to the Mandela World Liberation Front
Statement No. 1
A Global Pension Plan
Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action For The Advancement Of The Right Of Access To Information
Rural Areas and World Governance
WGI: World Governance Index (2009 Report)
Youth and World Governance
World Governance of Ressentiment*
Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
World Protests 2006-2013
Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
Participate in the Drafting and Circulation of the Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
Towards a World Citizens Movement
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
Europe needs a Grand Strategy
Military Ethics for a Better World
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
2015 : A turning point to face the climate challenge, exorcise fear and counter the logic of war.
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
A War Hiding Another War
Foundations for Biocivilization
Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
The Global Marshall Plan
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.