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All That We Share: How to Save the Economy, the Environment, the Internet, Democracy, Our Communities, and Everything Else That Belongs tby Jay Walljasper
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The commons encompasses everything that is jointly owned by all of us, from gifts of nature, such as the airwaves and DNA, to products of human creativity and scientific knowledge, such as dance steps, religious traditions, and open-source software. In this introduction for general readers, Walljasper, a fellow at On the Commons (a commons movement strategy center) explains general concepts of the commons and why it matters, warning that much of the commons is under threat due to private interests. The book consists of short essays illustrated with b&w photos in a lively, reader-friendly layout. Many of the essays are credited to Walljasper and other writers from On the Commons, but others are excerpts from thinkers such as Jeremy Rifkin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Winona LaDuke. Interspersed throughout the book are profiles of contemporary commons champions and boxes on real-life cases from around the country and around the world, such as an indigenous bill of rights, the Pacific Forest Trust, and the great Facebook rebellion. The book closes with advice for what ordinary people can do to restore the commons. Appendices offer a commons dictionary and a list of movies, novels, music, and art that evoke a sprit of sharing. Accessible to high school students and up, the book can be used as a supplemental text or for individual readers. Walljasper is former editor of Utne Reader. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In an accessible field guide format—replete with illustrations, charts, and other visual materials—Things We Share offers an engaging entrée into a broad range of key topics and concepts from the commons movement, which touches everything from natural resources, art, and the environment to technological knowledge, the digital realm, economics, and politics. Veteran progressive journalist Jay Walljasper frames each chapter around a single idea, with additional contributions by other distinguished activists, politicians, and writers.
How you see the world is about to change. All That We Share is a wake-up call that will inspire you to see the world in a new way. As soon as you realize that some things belong to everyone—water, for instance, or the Internet or human knowledge—you become a commoner, part of a movement that's reshaping how we will solve the problems facing us in the twenty-first century.
Edited by award-winning journalist Jay Walljasper, All That We Share is an indispensable introduction to fresh ideas that touch all of us. Filled with practical solutions for today's economic, political, and cultural issues, it's a much-needed and thoroughly accessible field guide to the new world of the commons. Including success stories from communities across the country and around the world, this book is for anyone seeking new ways of thinking about our shared values.
All that we share is all we need to change the world.
About the Author
Jay Walljasper is a fellow and editor of onthecommons.org, editor at large for Ode Magazine, and a contributing writer for National Geographic Traveler. He was also the longtime editor-in-chief of the Utne Reader. Walljaspers articles have been published in National Geographic Traveler, the New Statesman, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, The Nation, Preservation, Huffington Post, Toronto Star, Mother Jones, and the L. A. Weekly. Walljasper is the author of The Great Neighborhood Book and Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer and is a frequent contributor to various magazines including the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, the New York Review of Books, Granta, and Rolling Stone. He lives in Ripton, Vermont, and is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College
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