Festival of Ideas: David Bollier (Free)

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Watershed

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David Bollier
Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons

Thu 6 September 2018, 19:00-20:00
Watershed
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The market/state system is failing to deal with many of our most urgent crises – from a collapsing ecosystem to economic inequality to attacks on democracy. Taking on these challenges are a number of creative social movements, on a quest to reinvent the political economy and culture.

Activist and scholar David Bollier (Schumacher Center for a New Economics, US) explains how a movement around the idea of the commons is developing alternative ways of meeting people’s needs, allowing them to enjoy freedom without repressing others, fairness without bureaucratic control, togetherness without compulsion, and sovereignty without nationalism. Commons are already a pervasive if unnamed reality of life, as seen in land trusts and community-supported agriculture, open source software and Wikipedia, traditional forestry and urban commons, and countless other forms. As it moves beyond predatory markets and state bureaucracies, the emerging commons movement is demonstrating that self-organised communities can meet needs themselves and advance a more hopeful future.

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Watershed

1 Canons Road

Harbourside

BS1 5TX

United Kingdom

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