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?
Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy
Transforming Capitalism: the Triple Crisis
Governance for Sustainability
The Cosmopolitan State
The Armed Forces and World Governance
After Copenhagen, Some Light on the Horizon
Henceforth, the Keys to the Future are Responsibility, Solidarity, and Courage
Extreme Poverty and World Governance
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
World Charter of Free Media
The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
Mobilize and organize to Stop and Prevent Planet Fever!
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
How to break out the system trap. A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism.
A Global Pension Plan
Building Consensus on Food Safety Programs among Consumer and Public Health Organizations
Alternative World Water Forum
Beyond 2015: Media as Democracy and Development
Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People
Another Future Is Possible
The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
Raising International Climate Finance
A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
The World March of Women Third International Action
Youth and World Governance
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
Foundations for Biocivilization
Forging a World of Liberty under Law: US National Security in the Twenty-first Century
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
Participate in the Drafting and Circulation of the Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Theories of Global Governance
World Protests 2006-2013
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
Towards a World Citizens Movement
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Moving Toward a New World Governance
The World Governance Index (WGI)
Conceptualising Global Democracy
The Future of the Commons
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
The Global Marshall Plan
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
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.