Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm

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* Article: Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm. David Bollier. Next System Project, 2016


From the second volume of papers in the “New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals” series


"In Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm David Bollier outlines the ways in which the commons provides a critique of neoliberal capitalism and offers critical possibilities for a new system. Bollier argues that a commons-based new system would “integrate production, governance and bottom-up participation into new sorts of institutions.” It would not be an economic system in the traditional sense, but would instead present “a blended hybrid of the social, the economic, and self-governance.” In contrast to the present regime, commoning would be a flexible system, controlled by communities and responsive to their needs. In the commons-based society that Bollier envisions, economics, governance, politics, and culture are blended, and based on de-commodification, mutualization, and the organization and control of resources outside of the market."