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.
Video: Free, Fair and Alive – The Insurgent Power of the Commons
Silke Helfrich and David Bollier give us in their book „Free, Fair and Alive – The Insurgent Power of the Commons“ hope that there is a way aiming to reduce our structural dependency on market and state. Commons are such a way. You can read this book as a guide to unlearning capitalism and a handbook to commoning. Last but not least the book provides a language for what we really need for a good life.
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 und David Bollier