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Commons: Alternatives to Markets and States

"...what is emerging fast is the alternative of a commons based economy. Peer to peer, social sharing, collaborative consumption, commons, economic democracy are all terms that cover economic activity that moves beyond the market and the state, based on cooperation and harnessing human creativity."

 

Excellent analysis by Derek Wall on the need to move to an economy of sharing, an economy of the commons as an alternative to failed socialism (state) and failed capitalism (market).

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The commons: beyond the market vs. state dilemma

"Rather than the vision of competition for scarce resources, the way of the commons is to look for support in what is needed, and not to consumption; to use more than to exchange, in the conviction that there are sufficient resources for all. In its concern for ‘us’ rather than an emphasis on resources; in its ability to share from the standpoint of autonomy as opposed to the idea of an authority that imposes rules when faced with inevitable conflict - this is an anthropocentric vision of cooperation and not a competitive and rational-economic vision. It exercises more concern over access and use than over property. More attention is paid to individual and collective wellbeing in sharing than to competing."

 

Brilliant article by Spanish professor Joan Subirats in Open Democracy on the "commons",  democracy and the internet. Must-read.

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Beyond contemporary economic thinking - John B. Cobb

Beyond contemporary economic thinking - John B. Cobb | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"John B. Cobb, Methodist theologian and longstanding critic of the of the political-economic establishment, talks to Kulturos barai editor Almantas Samalavicius about his communitarian and ecology-based critique of neoliberalism and the potential for world religions to inform an alternative."

 

Cobb wrote in the 1989 with Herman Daly one of the classics for the transition to a new economy. Their book "For the Common Good. Redirecting the Economy towards Community, the Environment and a Sustainable Future" was years ahead of its time.

 

Must-read article from Eurozine.

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Connecting with community through storytelling

Connecting with community through storytelling | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Stories are the glue that holds communities together, by transmitting wisdom and cultural values. Stories that revive and explore our relationship with nature and pass on ecological principles can help us bridge to a simpler, more connected way of living."

 

Brilliant piece by Mary Logan on the need to revive real storytelling.

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