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
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Rethinking and Changing World Governance
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Rio+20 and Beyond. No Future without Justice
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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
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Does Global Governance Ensure That the Global Public Interest Is Served?
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
Alterglobalization, a Long-term Process Leading to Alternatives
Towards a Global Political-Economic Architecture of Environmental Space
Moving Toward a New World Governance
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
The Future of Democratic Sovereignty and Transnational Law
Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
Letter to our readers and to the Mandela World Liberation Front
Rio + ???
After Copenhagen, Some Light on the Horizon
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China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
Territories and Globalization: The Stakes of Development
"Negative Growth": Rebirth of a Revolutionary Concept
The Five WGI Indicators
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
Thirty years of Habitat I: no more neoliberal model of cities!
Foundations for Biocivilization
WGI: World Governance Index (2009 Report)
Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World
First Proposals for Building a New World-governance Architecture
A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
World Governance Index (WGI)
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Rural Areas and World Governance
World Governance of Ressentiment*
Forging a World of Liberty under Law: US National Security in the Twenty-first Century
From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
Dictionary of World Power
Theories of Global Governance
The World March of Women Third International Action
Take Back the Land!
The Future of the Commons
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
Another Future Is Possible
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People
Choosing between Two Evils or Rethinking Armed Interventionism
Mobilize and organize to Stop and Prevent Planet Fever!
Statement No. 1
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
Conceptualising Global Democracy
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
World Charter of Free Media
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
The Global Marshall Plan
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 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.