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
Bank of the South, International Context, and Alternatives
Giving Africa Voice within Global Governance: Oral History, Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council
Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
Theories of Global Governance
The Global Marshall Plan
Building Consensus on Food Safety Programs among Consumer and Public Health Organizations
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action For The Advancement Of The Right Of Access To Information
Can We Close the Education Gap?
The World Governance Index (WGI)
Dictionary of World Power
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
How to break out the system trap. A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism.
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
Governance of the World Banana Trade
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
Foundations for Biocivilization
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
Forging a World of Liberty under Law: US National Security in the Twenty-first Century
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
World Protests 2006-2013
Participate in the Drafting and Circulation of the Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
Take Back the Land!
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
Governance for Sustainability
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
An Ecological Act: A Backgrounder to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
World Governance Index (WGI)
New York summit is last chance to get consensus on climate before 2015 talks
Choosing between Two Evils or Rethinking Armed Interventionism
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
From the Forum for a new World Governance (FnWG) to the World Democratic Forum (WDF)
Conceptualising Global Democracy
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Another Future Is Possible
A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
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.