Dossier: Patterns of Commoning
After The Wealth of the Commons the second volume of a planned series of three books is out now. In Patterns of Commoning a special series of essays explores the inner dynamics of commoning - its ethics, social practices and worldview. Here you can find a selection of nine texts across chapters to stimulate your appetite for more.
An epoch in modern history has ended. The growth imperative of market capitalism is evidently endangering the ecosystem. Confidence in governments as reliable steward of people's interests has been shaken. Therefore, a new path forward is coming into focus: The commons! The commons is about reclaiming, sharing and self-governing resources that belong to everyone. As a form of governance it is defending traditional or building new social and institutional systems for managing our resources – water and land, knowledge and seeds, genes and the atmosphere – based on the principles of equity and sustainability. 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!