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Abstract elements surrounding a lobster, a CD, and other signifiers of potential commons.

How does “the commons” work? Animating David Bollier’s next system

David Bollier

David Bollier

Author, activist, blogger, and independent scholar more

Community & Place Democratic Ownership

David Bollier, in his paper for our “New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals” series exploring viable political-economic alternatives to the present order, suggests that a commons-based framework could provide a critical template for de-commodification, mutualization, and the organization and control of resources outside of the market.

We’re excited to share with you our latest animation that illustrates some of the principal features of David Bollier’s vision for how we can manage the commons cooperatively and fairly—through “commoning,” a process of social self-organization that creates new and innovative ways to equitably and sustainably manage shared resources.

Read David Bollier’s essay “Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm” from Volume 2 of our New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals series.

David Bollier

David Bollier

Author, activist, blogger, and independent scholar more

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