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?
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
People’s Food Sovereignty Statement
Bank of the South, International Context, and Alternatives
First Proposals for Building a New World-governance Architecture
Conceptualising Global Democracy
World Governance. A Personal European View
The One Party Planet
"Negative Growth": Rebirth of a Revolutionary Concept
Ressentiment* and the new world governance: a general analysis
The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
Videos on the Seminar "What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?"
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
Migrants spearhead an unprecedented political-cultural battle: to open new routes to the world
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
What South Africa Does the World Need?
Basic Food Income: Option or Obligation?
Foundations for Biocivilization
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
New Rules for New Radicals ? *
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
The UN and World Governance
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Extreme Poverty and World Governance
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
From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
Theories of Global Governance
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
World Protests 2006-2013
Another Future Is Possible
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
An Ecological Act: A Backgrounder to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
Like a Rainbow Nation
The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
Rural Areas and World Governance
Choosing between Two Evils or Rethinking Armed Interventionism
A War Hiding Another War
Dictionary of World Power
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
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.