Commoning and Post-Capitalist Institutional Change






3pm to 5.30pm

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Even though the pandemic has illustrated the structural flaws of the market/state order, post-capitalist alternatives that are fair, more humane, and eco-friendly are often ignored. This webinar addresses the problem by exploring how commons’ projects around the world are pioneering flourishing new social and economic logics.

Peer-organised initiatives for relocalised agriculture, platform co-operatives, cosmo-local production, urban commons, community wealth building, and sustainable care work are showing that people-friendly provisioning is possible.The open question is how to support and expand these promising institutional innovations in an indifferent or hostile policy climate.

  • An introduction to the commons as a new/old form of social provisioning and governance
  • A review of commons-based institutional innovations now underway
  • Discussion of political, economic, and legal barriers impeding key commons sectors
  • A keener sense of specific models for actualising social and economic change
  • Vocabulary and concepts that open up new vistas of possibility
  • A mental map of the leading people, projects, websites, and movements developing new institutional forms
  • Anyone wanting to understand the transformational potential of commons 
  • Activists and policy experts interested in structural change beyond capitalism 
  • Progressive thinkers curious about new organisational forms arising through cultural shifts, digital technologies, and resourceful commoners

David Bollier is an American activist, author, and blogger who is focused on the commons as a new/old paradigm for re-imagining the political economy and culture. He is Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics [] (USA); cofounder of the Commons Strategies Group, [] an international advocacy project; and coauthor with Silke Helfrich of Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons, among other books on the commons.

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