David Bollier

David Bollier is an activist, scholar, and blogger who is focused on the commons as a new/old paradigm for re-imagining economics, politics, and culture. He pursues his commons scholarship and activism as Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and as cofounder of the Commons Strategies Group, an international advocacy project. Author of Think Like a Commoner and other books, he blogs at www.bollier.org, and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Cooking Sections’ Singular Stew of Art, Activism, and Local Food

What impresses me about Cooking Sections’ art and activism is their ability to show that climate change is not something distant and abstract, something that politicians and experts will somehow take care of. The CLIMAVORE work shows that climate is utterly personal and local.

May 9, 2024

Syntagma square in Athens as an urban commons

Challenges in Expanding the Commonsverse

Commoning honors wholesome values and different ways of being, knowing, and acting while allowing ordinary people to assert some measure of self-determination in the face of capitalist markets and state power.

May 8, 2024


Nathan Schneider on Building Democratic Governance on the Internet

Schneider invites us to consider a daring idea, that “online spaces could be sites of creative, radical and democratic renaissance.”

April 2, 2024

Ina City Library alternative currency

Will Ruddick on “Commitment Pooling” to Build Economic Commons

A key lesson from the projects is that a community can control its means of exchange to advance its own interests without relying on banks, the mainstream economy, or the national currency.

March 5, 2024

CSA crops

Commons and Commoning: A Progressive Vision of a Good Society

By developing the commons paradigm and discourse, its practices and ethical values will have many valuable impacts, not just in the agriculture and food sectors, but more universally.

February 8, 2024

Solar Commons mural

Using Solar Commons to Decentralize and Share Solar Energy

Energy from the sun is sure one of the most pervasive forms of common wealth. So why not capture and share that wealth more widely with everyone?

February 6, 2024

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