commoner’s catalog

(2021) – commoner’s catalog to changemaking by david bollier

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I’m thrilled to announce the publication of ‘The Commoner’s Catalog for Changemaking: Tools for the Transitions Ahead’! More at and the book’s website, Transformational models are already here — and flourishing!

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what’s in the catalog:

The commons is rising. Looking beyond the market and state, commoners are applying their social imaginations and collective power to build a new world of possibilities.

The emerging Commonsverse can be seen in relocalized food systems and community land trusts … in racial empowerment through collective action and mutual aid … and in free and open source software, peer production, and platform cooperatives.

Commoning is helping communities to steward scarce water supplies, farmers to develop varied forms of regenerative agriculture, and artists to reclaim control of their creative lives. Ordinary people are becoming more self-reliant through time- banking and collaborative finance, care collectives and gift economies, and alternative local currencies.

In 25 thematic sections, The Commoner’s Catalog for Changemaking explores these and many other transformations through profiles of groundbreaking commons projects, books, websites, organizations, and activist innovations.


 4   Commoning & Changemaking

the cry during the pandemic and blm was ‘i can’t breathe’.. the aspiration of this catalog is to help us breathe more fully and deeply.. to show how ewe can engage constructively w each other.. tools for inevitable transitions ahead..

 6   The Commons Rising

12  Commons Seen as Resources

hardin’s tragedy and ostrom’s coop
15  Commoning

relational – art of hosting.. non violent communication

raworth’s doughnut econ
19  Rethinking Economics

illich’s convivial tools et al..

mauss.. gift econ et al

graeber’s value

suzman’s affluence
25  Life Itself as a Commons

weber’s commons

bregman’s humankind.. and lord of flies as (not) human nature

weber (enlivenment essay notes) – andreas on animismreality as commons

30  Commons in History

34  Relocalizing the Economy

e f schumacher

jane jacobs

murray bookchin

helena norberg-hodge
41  Reclaiming the Land

indigenous peoples
44  Convivial Conservation
46  Food and Agriculture

agri surplus et al.. flood retreat et al
51  Stewardship of Water

standing rock
55  Encountering the More-than-Human

city as commons (policy reader).. re imagining value report..
59  More Livable Cities through Commoning

christian iaione et al.. labgov et al
63 The Powers of Peer Production

yochai benkler

richard stallman

fablabs.. gershenfeld something else law

cosmo local ness.. p2p foundation et al.. michel on p2p & commons.. p2p commons manifesto..
66  Digital Infrastructures for Commoning

loomio.. holochain.. democracy os

decision making is unmooring us law.. we need to org around legit needs.. ie: curiosity over decision making

68 Law & the Commons

ownership – intellectual property et al.. rights.. platform coop ness and cooperatives and free fair & alive et al.. seed freedom et al..
74  Learning as a Commons

gustavo esteva.. ivan illich.. john taylor gatto
77  Money & Finance


need to let go of any form of m\a\p

81  Care Work

silvia federici
86  Racial Justice Through Commoning

92  Cooperatives

nathan schneider.. platform coop ness.. everything for everyone

disco manifesto
97  Arts & Culture

103  Commoning Happens Everywhere
106  System-Change Movements

transition towns..the democracy project..
110  Who Owns the Million Dollar Baseball?

skimmed.. may read later