It's been more a year and a half in the making, but I'm pleased to announce the release of my new book, The Commoner's Catalog for Changemaking: Tools for the Transitions Ahead !
Inspired by the format and sensibility of The Whole Earth Catalog of the early 1970s (subtitle: "access to tools"), this Catalog has a similar goal: to help people can build a new world, on their own terms, against the grain of a dominant culture that cannot yet see or understand the rising world of commoning.
The Commoner’s Catalog for Changemaking was born of a simple realization: The world we have inherited is no longer working. But the good news is….Commoners are building a new world of possibilities right now. There are scores of system-change projects a-borning, but mainstream politics and media regards most of them as too small, local, and trivial to matter....and commoners themselves often do not have a larger sense of the whole of which they are a part. The Commoner’s Catalog seeks to remedy this problem.
The Catalog explains the grand, transformational power of social collaboration – in agricultural commons and digital spaces, in care collectives and gift economies, in urban settings and finance, among many other realms.
The Catalog's many profiles and stories are loosely grouped in 25 thematic sections spanning 114 artfully designed pages. There are sections on water, land, rethinking economics, law and the commons, the more-than-human world, urban commons, peer production, artistic commons, and many others.
I was thrilled when a French commoner-friend received an advance copy and exclaimed, "This is super-cool!" He was responding to the great cover art that illustrator Hugh Dunford Wood made to show the joy and excitement of commoning.
But he also loved the beautiful book design by Angela Lorenzo and the vivid diversity of projects described (great research support from Cameron Conner). I share my friend's reaction. The Commonsverse is a surprising, hopeful world and, and -- when seen in its eclectic glory -- amazingly cool.
The Schumacher Center for a New Economics is the publisher of The Commoner's Catalog, and Chelsea Green Publishing is the distributor. The book was released this week in the US. Copies should be available in the United Kingdom and Europe by mid-February.
To help maximize its reach and impact -- and ensure open access -- I have posted The Commoner's Catalog online as a free "flipbook," licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. You can read it, and find weblinks for buying it, at commonerscatalog.org.