Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons

Category: Book
By (author): Bollier, David
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
  PHILOSOPHY / Social
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Published: April 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 0.38in
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The biggest "tragedy of the commons" is the misconception that commons are failures - relics from another era rendered unnecessary by the Market and State. Think Like a Commoner dispels such prejudices by explaining the rich history and promising future of the commons - an ageless paradigm of cooperation and fairness that is re-making our world.

With graceful prose and dozens of fascinating stories, Bollier describes the quiet revolution that is pioneering practical forms of self-governance and production controlled by people themselves. Think Like a Commoner explains how the commons:

  • Is an exploding field of DIY innovation ranging from Wikipedia and seed-sharing to community forests and collaborative consumption, and beyond
  • Challenges the standard narrative of market economics by explaining how cooperation generates significant value and human fulfillment
  • Provides a framework of law and social action that can help us move beyond the pathologies of neoliberal capitalism.

We have a choice: Ignore the commons and suffer the ongoing private plunder of our common wealth. Or Think Like a Commoner and learn how to rebuild our society and reclaim our shared inheritance. This accessible, comprehensive introduction to the commons will surprise and enlighten you, and provoke you to action.