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
Political and Institutional Governance
Oil slicks: An Ocean of Profits
Second Meeting of the China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group: Civil Societies Moving Forward for Change
An Ecological Act: A Backgrounder to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
Dictionary of World Power
Military Ethics for a Better World
Soldiers and the Latest Trends: Lessons from Yugoslavia?
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
World Governance of Civilian and Military Nuclear Energy
Videos on the Seminar "What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?"
Rural Areas and World Governance
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
Building Consensus on Food Safety Programs among Consumer and Public Health Organizations
Territories and Globalization: The Stakes of Development
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
Can We Close the Education Gap?
Another System of International Relations
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
Allende Hoy (English version)
Barack Obama - Yes we can
Final Declaration "Linking Alternatives 2"
Globalization, Post-materialism and Threefolding
Theories of Global Governance
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
Youth and World Governance
What South Africa Does the World Need?
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Forging a World of Liberty under Law: US National Security in the Twenty-first Century
Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
Foundations for Biocivilization
Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
The World March of Women Third International Action
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
The Future of the Commons
What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?
The World Governance Index (WGI)
Like a Rainbow Nation
Moving Toward a New World Governance
The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
The Global Marshall Plan
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
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.