Six months after the print edition was published by our good friends at Levellers Press, I’m happy to report that the anthology of essays, The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State, is now available online at http://www.wealthofthecommons.org!
A hearty thanks once again to the commons activists, academics and project leaders from more than 25 countries who contributed the 73 essays in the book. You can review the list of contributors and their essays here.
The volume describes the enormous potential of the commons in conceptualizing and building a better future. My colleague Silke Helfrich edited the German edition with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, which was published in Germany in April 2012. Silke and I then edited a separate English edition published by Levellers last November.
The five sections of the book give a good idea of its themes: “The Commons as a New Paradigm”; “Capitalism, Enclosure and Resistance”; “Commoning – A Social Innovation for Our Times”; “Knowledge Commons for Social Change”; and “Envisioning a Commons-Based Policy and Production Framework.”
The book chronicles many ongoing struggles against the private commoditization of shared resources – while documenting the immense generative power of the commons. It explains how millions of commoners are defending their forests and fisheries, reinventing local food systems, organizing productive online communities, reclaiming public spaces, improving environmental stewardship and re-imagining the very meaning of “progress” and governance.
We’re hoping that the online access to the book will help increase its visibility and readership – along with sales of the printed version. I invite you to spread the word about book in your spheres of influence.