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?
People’s Food Sovereignty Statement
Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
Final Declaration "Linking Alternatives 2"
First Proposals for Building a New World-governance Architecture
Political Parties and Global Democracy
After Copenhagen, Some Light on the Horizon
Henceforth, the Keys to the Future are Responsibility, Solidarity, and Courage
Statement No. 1
A European Way of Security. The Madrid Report on the Human Security Study Group
World Charter of Free Media
A Global Pension Plan
Building Consensus on Food Safety Programs among Consumer and Public Health Organizations
Giving Africa Voice within Global Governance: Oral History, Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
World Protests 2006-2013
WGI: World Governance Index (2009 Report)
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
Take Back the Land!
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
How to break out the system trap. A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism.
Hearing on Neo-liberal Politics and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
Rural Areas and World Governance
Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
World Governance of Ressentiment*
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Participate in the Drafting and Circulation of the Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Allende Hoy (English version)
The Future of the Commons
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
The One Party Planet
China: Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2009
Raising International Climate Finance
2015 : A turning point to face the climate challenge, exorcise fear and counter the logic of war.
Choosing between Two Evils or Rethinking Armed Interventionism
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
Foundations for Biocivilization
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
Conceptualising Global Democracy
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
Swords into Plowshares
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.