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
Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
Political and Institutional Governance
Governance for Sustainability
Citizen participation in the process of state reform
Towards a Global Political-Economic Architecture of Environmental Space
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
A European Way of Security. The Madrid Report on the Human Security Study Group
Dictionary of World Power
Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
The World Governance Index (WGI)
Rural Areas and World Governance
After Rio+20: What New World Governance Does the World Need?
"Negative Growth": Rebirth of a Revolutionary Concept
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
What South Africa Does the World Need?
The Five WGI Indicators
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
WGI: World Governance Index (2009 Report)
Marrakech Process for the Protection and Promotion of All Human Rights of Migrants and Persons in Transnational Mobility
What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?
Take Back the Land!
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action For The Advancement Of The Right Of Access To Information
On the Road to a Citizens Assembly
First Proposals for Building a New World-governance Architecture
Extreme Poverty and World Governance
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
World Governance Index (WGI)
World Governance of Ressentiment*
From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Participate in the Drafting and Circulation of the Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Foundations for Biocivilization
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
The Future of the Commons
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
Another Future Is Possible
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
After Copenhagen, Some Light on the Horizon
Henceforth, the Keys to the Future are Responsibility, Solidarity, and Courage
Moving Toward a New World Governance
New York summit is last chance to get consensus on climate before 2015 talks
2015 : A turning point to face the climate challenge, exorcise fear and counter the logic of war.
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
From the Forum for a new World Governance (FnWG) to the World Democratic Forum (WDF)
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
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
Swords into Plowshares
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
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.