After more than ten years of thinking and writing about the commons, I decided that it was time to strike off in some new directions, with some new partners, projects and ways of engaging the world. I plan for my new blog, Bollier.org, to be the place where I can share my adventures and insights from my work on the commons. A lot is going on that needs to be brought into focus, interpreted, shared and debated. I hope that this site can serve that function.
Never before has there been so much diverse leadership and innovation in developing the commons paradigm. The recent International Commons Conference in Berlin, Germany, on November 1-2 was a landmark convergence of many different approaches to the commons, from efforts to fortify traditional natural resource commons and pioneer "peer to peer urbanism" to new digital commons that aspire to develop a privacy-friendly alternative to Facebook, reinvent money and relocalize the economy.