Skip to main content
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

More related work

Health innovation policy for the people

Health innovation policy for the people

The US government has long played a central role in innovation, both through the patent system and by directly supporting research and development. read more
Regeneration not gentrification

A “new direction”: Rediscovering community wealth building in an age of gentrification

Gentrification is a sinister contagion spreading through Black communities across America. read more
Nenad Stojkovic via Flickr

Gar Alperovitz on how change happens over “pizza and some beer”

Gar Alperovitz talks about how the democratic economy can come into being much as movements did in the 1960s: “Six friends get together and get some pizza and some beer.” read more