More and more people are bringing the concept of the commons into the social discussion in search of alternatives to our economic model. As a contribution to this discussion, the Heinrich Böll Foundation has published two anthologies.
Last published: "Free, fair, and alive: the insurgent power of the commons" from Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, published with the support of the Foundation.
Commoning is at bottom a process by which we enter into a participatory culture and can sketch an idea of how we want to live together as a society.Silke Helfrich & David Bollier
Video: What are Commons?
What are Commons? (english) - Heinrich-Böll-StiftungWatch on YouTube
Commons is about reclaiming, sharing and self-governing resources that belong to everyone. The commons is a practical means for re-inventing society in ways that markets and governments are unable or unwilling to entertain. Commons does not mean resources alone are centre stage, of higher importance are the relationships among us, the commoners, our ways of commoning!
For 200 years we've been building a gigantic worldwide machine for permanent economic growth. But it is not fulfilling its promise of prosperity, and exceeding the planet’s ecological limits. Together with Attac Germany we have made this film about the permanent economic growth, which breaks the ecological limits of the earth and makes it uninhabitable. A fundamental change is not only necessary, but possible.