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Theme: Commons

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relations ¤ Human responsibilities ¤ Human rights ¤ Human security ¤ Humanity-biosphere relationship ¤ Humankind ¤ Hunger ¤ Imperialism ¤ Indexes ¤ Indignados ¤ Individual commitment ¤ Information and Communication Technology ¤ Institutional Cooperation ¤ Institutional coordination ¤ Intellectual property ¤ Interdependence ¤ International financial institutions ¤ International institutions ¤ International Law ¤ International trade ¤ Internet Governance ¤ Justice ¤ Knowledge society ¤ Land grabbing ¤ Land management ¤ Land rights ¤ Law ¤ Legal infrastructure ¤ Legitimacy ¤ Living well ¤ Local development ¤ Low-carbon economy ¤ Market economy ¤ Media culture ¤ Media ¤ Media ¤ Meetings ¤ Migrations ¤ Military expenditure ¤ Millennium Development Goals ¤ Minority ¤ Mitigation ¤ Mobilization ¤ Money ¤ Multi-stakeholder processes ¤ Multidimensional crisis ¤ Multilateral agreement ¤ Multilateralism ¤ Natural resources ¤ Negotiation processes ¤ Neoliberalism ¤ New institutions ¤ Newly advanced economies ¤ Non-state actors ¤ North-South relations ¤ Nuclear ¤ Outer space ¤ Pachamama ¤ Pandemy ¤ Peace building ¤ Pensions ¤ Peoples’ assemblies ¤ Perspectives and scenarios ¤ Perspectives and scenarios ¤ Player networking ¤ Political innovation ¤ Polyarchy ¤ Power relations ¤ Precautionary principle ¤ Privatization ¤ Production sectors ¤ Productivism ¤ Property ¤ Psychology of leadership ¤ Public goods ¤ Public services ¤ Publiic policies ¤ Quality education ¤ Racism ¤ Rapid intervention force ¤ Redistribution ¤ Reducing emissions ¤ Reform of the UN ¤ Refugees ¤ Regional institutions ¤ Regional integration ¤ Religions ¤ Relocalization ¤ Responsibility to protect ¤ Responsibility ¤ Responsible science ¤ Ressentiment ¤ Right to food ¤ Right to housing ¤ Right to information ¤ Rights ¤ Rio+20 ¤ Risk management ¤ Role of regions ¤ Role of the armies ¤ Role of the experts ¤ Rural area ¤ Rural world ¤ Science and citizenship ¤ Science ¤ Self-organisation ¤ Sharing economy ¤ Small-scale farming ¤ Social and economic policies ¤ Social contract, charter ¤ Social innovation ¤ Social movements ¤ Social organisation ¤ Sociocultural diversity ¤ Solidarity patterns ¤ Solidarity ¤ Sovereignty ¤ Sovereignty ¤ Spirituality ¤ Sports ¤ Standards ¤ Strategy of chaos ¤ Subsidiarity ¤ Sustainable City ¤ Sustainable society ¤ System’s relevance ¤ Taxes ¤ Territorial management ¤ Territorial scales ¤ Territory ¤ Terrorism ¤ Time Management ¤ Trade unions ¤ Transitions ¤ Transnational Corporations ¤ Transparence, accountability ¤ Treaty, convention ¤ Ubuntu ¤ United Nations ¤ Unity-Diversity ¤ Values and principles ¤ Views on Global Governance ¤ Vulnerable group ¤ War ¤ Water ¤ Welfare society ¤ Westphalian system ¤ Work ¤ World citizenship ¤ World government ¤ World parliament ¤ World state ¤ World-governance building strategies ¤ WTO ¤ Harmony ¤ Constitution, Law ¤ Rights of Mother Earth ¤ Diplomacy ¤ Waste management ¤ Humanism ¤ Leviathan ¤ New educations ¤ Common security ¤ Nation state ¤ Federalism ¤ Geopolitics ¤ Violence management ¤ History ¤ Freedom ¤ Nationalism ¤ Rationalism ¤ Sovereignty ¤ Superpower ¤ Debt ¤ world-modernity ¤ Democratic cosmopolitarian movement ¤

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Articles in English related to this theme:


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

Binding Chaos
¤ Heather Marsh ¤ 10 November 2015
The world is long overdue for a completely new system of governance. Every political system we have tried has proven incapable of protecting human rights and dignity. Every political system we have tried has devolved into oligarchy. To effect the change we require immediately, to give individuals control and responsibility, to bring regional systems under regional governance, allow global collaboration and protect the heritage of future generations, we need a new political model. (...) read more


Trade, Money, and Finances

A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
¤ Share The World’s Ressources (STWR) ¤ 19 December 2014
Humanity is in the midst of a global emergency. The policies that drive the world economy have magnified the gap between rich and poor, led to conflict over the planet’s natural resources, and resulted in an ecological crisis that threatens life on earth. We urgently need to move beyond the restrictive political and economic ideologies of the past and embrace solutions that meet the common needs of people in all nations - which will be impossible to achieve without some degree of economic (...) read more


Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth

Call to Multiply the Village of Alternatives
¤ Alternatiba ¤ 25 February 2014
As Stéphane Hessel said, one of the greatest challenges of our time was “climate change and environmental degradation due to the actions of man throughout the last three centuries. The disruption of the climate is worsening faster than ever, and threatening the poorest populations of the planet and conditions for civilized life on Earth.” All the warning signs are here. Climate disruptions are multiplying, affecting the poorest populations of the global South, but also in the global North: (...) read more

The Commons and World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 2 August 2012
It is only by moving from the idea of individual protection to the idea of protection of all that we can start to envisage the possibility of a global social contract. In other words, it is our global freedom, that is, our freedom to enjoy, thus to protect, what is common to all of us as a world community that will entice us to, and determine our will to extract ourselves from what is essentially becoming a global war on our planet, on our “commons,” and on ourselves. But what does this (...) read more


Universal, Plural and Quality Education, and Citizen Education

Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
¤ Education International ¤ 16 February 2014
Education International (EI) has decided, after eighteen years of policy making through its Congresses and Conferences at the international and regional levels, to develop a comprehensive policy on education. This policy will encapsulate the very essence of what has made EI what it is today and reflect the goals which should underpin an education that is consistent with EI’s traditions. This policy challenges explicitly the narrow, instrumentalist view of education as solely teaching (...) read more


Governance of Science, Education, Information, and Communication

An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
¤ John Restakis, Michel Bauwens ¤ 14 December 2013
Dear Global Co-operators and Commoners, In a speech on Sept. 19, 2012, President Correa of Ecuador appealed to the young people of his country to fight for and realize a vision of “good living” based on a commons-based and open knowledge society. The FLOK Society project (Free/Libre Open Knowledge) has been created to propose a transition plan and a policy framework to achieve this unique vision. In accordance with [Ecuador’s National Planhttp://buenvivir.gob.ec/versiones-plan-nacional], (...) read more


Document Database

Towards a World Citizens Movement
¤ Citizens’ Empowerment for Global Justice (DEEEP), CIVICUS, CONCORD, Global Call to Action Against Poverty ¤ 14 November 2013
Who are we? As citizens, global and local, and participants of the ‘Building a Global Citizens Movement Johannesburg Conference 2013’, we acknowledge our responsibility for the planet and for humanity and we take responsibility for our individual and collective actions. Collectively, we acknowledge that to reach a just and sustainable world which does not maintain the systems of global oppression, but act to create the change we want to see in the world. We have the power and capacity to (...) read more

Dictionary of World Power
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 27 September 2013
Since the end of the last century, the world has been facing a set of challenges that the existing institutions are unable to address and solve. This is a fact that has been confirmed over the last thirty years through a succession of all kinds of crises. Citizens have found that the beautiful ideal of freedom preached by free-market sycophants is just a facade set up to conceal the altar of greed. The Forum for a new World Governance explores these changes in this extensive work, only (...) read more

A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
¤ Heather Marsh ¤ 1 June 2013
Optimism is a political act. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience. - Alex Steffen The world is long overdue for a completely new system of governance. The need for political representation or a paternalistic and opaque authority has been removed by technology. Governance by nation states is now as arbitrary and illogical as city states were earlier found to be. Corporations have the freedom to live in a world without borders or social responsibility, to own property no individual can (...) read more

Theories of Global Governance
¤ Cornelius F. Murphy Jr. ¤ 30 December 2012
Abstract global theories are built upon the assumption that the creation of a world community is reducible to a simple choice between the existing international arrangements and an ideal universal order held together in some predetermined structure. The inhuman quality of such speculation is revealed by the way that they terminate in imperatives addressed to the will. Reducing reason to the comprehension of the universal, they leave no room for any further concrete reflection on the (...) read more

Another Future Is Possible
¤ Dialogue Platform of the Thematic Social Forum ¤ 11 March 2012
Rio+20 will be a strong political moment and a unique opportunity to “reinvent the world” by pointing to alternatives to the dangerous path in which we are currently ensnared. Nevertheless, judging from the actions of the hegemonic actors of the international system and from the mediocrity of international agreements negotiated in previous years, their false solutions, and the non-application of the principle already agreed upon at Rio 92, we understand that although we should not give up on (...) read more

Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
¤ 28 December 2011
Preamble We, Representatives of the Member States of the United Nations, gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the Earth Summit, June 2012 Recognizing 1- that the scope and irreversibility of the interdependences that have been generated among human beings, among societies, and between humankind and the biosphere constitute a radically new situation in the history of humankind, changing it irrevocably into a community of destiny; 2- that indefinite pursuit of current lifestyles and (...) read more

Foundations for Biocivilization
¤ Cândido Grzybowski ¤ 24 December 2011
Contribution to the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in defense of the commons (Rio+20) Rio de Janeiro, June 15-23, 2012 The crisis that we are immersed in, at the beginning of this 21st century, is a historical experience of everyday life, one that is more lived and felt than thought about. To set off a reflection about it is to follow an uncertain path, a path that is still to be laid, but which, nonetheless, points out as an urgent and necessary task. The diagnoses (...) read more

Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 23 December 2011
World Social forums, the first of which was held in January 2001 in Porto Alegre, constitute an international forum where organizations, networks, and civil-society movements meet periodically for mutual reinforcement and cross-fertilization. After 2001, every year until 2005 and every other year after that, World Social Forums have continued to assemble the different actors of global civil society. There are other alliances and networks, of course, that have organized international events, (...) read more


Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace Building

The World March of Women Third International Action
¤ World March of Women ¤ 3 June 2013
The World March of Women (WMW) is an international feminist movement rooted in grassroots organisation. We believe in challenging the root of our poverty and our oppression by building solidarity amongst women and men through action. The year 2010 marked our 3rd International Action. Thousands of women across the globe marched under the slogan…”Women on the March Until we All are Free! The six texts represented here documents our 2010 Action. Starting with the Women’s Manifesto for Peace, (...) read more


Rebuilding the Environmental Balance

Raising International Climate Finance
¤ International Trade Union Confederation ¤ 19 December 2012
The labor movement presented in Doha, in November 2012, a proposal on how to raise the agreed 100 billion dollars to fight against climate change from public contributions, and how to go even further through direct investments from pension funds toward sustainable choices. Finance is a key tool to advance climate policy. As was shown again in Doha, it is one of the key elements in the essential negotiations to seek an agreement. The ITUC, TUAC, and Sustainlabour organized on Friday, (...) read more


Legal Principles of a New World Governance

Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
¤ 3 October 2012
The Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights (UDEHR) is a programmatic instrument of international civil society aimed at state actors and other institutional forums for the crystallization of human rights in the new millennium. The Declaration’s point of departure is the idea that civil society plays a fundamental role in facing the social, political, and technological challenges that contemporary global society presents. For this reason it is provided with the UDEHR, an additional (...) read more


Managing Territories, Cities, and the Rural World

Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 11 March 2012
The following text is a summary of a number of proposals. It addresses only proposals for paradigm shifts, and not for the numerous improvements that could be made to the existing systems. A/ What is at stake for territories 1. The territory, a hub of relations and flows in a globalized system. Territories are objectively called to play a decisive role in designing and conducting the necessary transition. Whatever the subject, we discover that a city and a region are the best scale at (...) read more


Managing Sea, Soil, and Energy Resources

Governance for Sustainability
¤ Klaus Bosselmann, Prue Taylor, Ron Engel ¤ 16 January 2012
Relating the concept of governance to the concept of sustainability requires no less than reformulating the basics of democracy. It is clear that the past 20 years of neo-liberal economic globalization have eroded both the common good and democracy. Reclaiming lost ground, therefore, is paramount for disempowered communities and disenfranchised citizens. But this in itself will not be enough. The real issue is whether the common good, that is the sustainability of life, can be pursued (...) read more


Types of Goods and Producers

The Future of the Commons
¤ David Bollier ¤ 16 December 2011
Twenty-one thinkers and activists from around the world gathered at Crottorf Castle near Cologne, Germany, on June 25-27, 2009, to discuss their shared interest in the commons as a new paradigm of politics, economics and culture. It was a meeting without an explicit agenda, yet one that yielded extraordinarily rich results: a clearer sense of how a new discourse of the commons might be developed; how it could be used to confront the savage pathologies of neoliberalism; and how it could (...) read more


Economic Governance and Globalization

Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 13 May 2011
The concept of leverage points is very well adapted for a coalition wanting to act in favor of the great transition. We need to identify some concrete issues which we think should have a strong leverage effect as it would imply changes in the whole system. And looking at what is the systemic change about, it would not be a surprise that these leverage points relate either to concepts or to actors or to the very tools which are used in present economy. Here are seven proposed leverage (...) read more


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