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Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy That Makes Everything Else Work (BK Currents)

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Why We Need the Commons

A huge part of our economy is invisible, invaluable, and under siege. This is “the commons,” a term that denotes everything we share. Some parts of the commons are gifts of nature: the air and oceans, the web of species, wilderness, and watersheds. Others are the product of human creativity and endeavor: sidewalks and public spaces, the Internet, our languages, cultures, and technologies. Jonathan Rowe illuminates the scale and value of the commons, its symbiotic relationship with the rest of our economy, its importance to our personal and planetary well-being, and how it is threatened by privatization and neglect. He unifies many seemingly disparate struggles — against pollution, excessive development, corporate marketing to children, and more — with the force of this powerful idea. And he calls for new institutions that create a durable balance between the commons and the profit-seeking side of our economy.

Review:

“This elegant book is a wonderful introduction to the originality of thought, clarity of expression, and humanity of vision that made Jonathan Rowe so respected by those who knew him. It will change the way you think about economic, environmental and social problems and how to solve them. “ James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic

Review:

“Jonathan Rowe describes the emerging movement to protect the vast commonwealth owned by the people. Gird yourself to see nature and human ingenuity in a very different light. Then open these pages and a whole new world will come into focus.” Ralph Nader

Review:

“There is an economics of common wealth. Common wealth can and must be managed. That is Jon Rowe's gift to us.” George Lakoff, Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley and author of Don't Think of an Elephant

Synopsis:

A huge part of our economy is invisible, invaluable, and highly vulnerable. "The Commons" is a generic term that denotes everything we share, our entire life support system, both natural and social. Some parts of the commons are gifts of nature: the air and oceans, the web of species, wilderness and flowing water. Others are the product of human creativity and endeavor: sidewalks and public squares, the stories of childhood, language, customs and traditions. But they all “belong” to all of us, if that is the word. No one has exclusive rights. We inherit them jointly and hold them in trust for those who come after us.

This concise, comprehensive work examines the history and tragic neglect of the commons and offers pragmatic advice for strengthening and protecting it at a time when privatization and control are economic mantras. It is both reflective and practical, exploring the complex but vital relationship of the commons to the market and the state and the importance of the commons in the modern world.

About the Author

Jonathan Rowe was a Naders “Raider,” a US Senate aide, an editor at the Washington Monthly, and cofounder of OntheCommons.org.

Editor Peter Barnes is a cofounder of Working Assets/Credo and the author of Capitalism 3.0.

Foreword Author Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming.

Afterword Author David Bollier is an American activist, writer, and policy strategist. He is co-founder of the Commons Strategy Group, Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, and writes technology-related reports for the Aspen Institute.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bill McKibben   

Introduction by Peter Barnes  

Part One: Theory

1 Our hidden wealth    

2 How tragic is the commons?   

3 A new commons story      

4 A parallel economy    

5 Stop the invasions!    

6 The myopia of money    

7 Human nature and the commons     

8 Common property    

9 Takers and givers    

10 The community of goods   

11 Conservative commoners, once  

Part Two: Practice

12 Accounting for common wealth  

13 Tollbooths of the mind     

14 Subsistence from the commons  

15 Build it and they will sit   

16 Sidewalks of the information age  

17 Reallocating time    

18 Service banking     

19 Who owns the beach?   

20 From alleys to commons   

21 New institutions needed    

22 Seeds of a commons movement   

Afterword by David Bollier      

Acknowledgments      

End notes       

About the author      

About the editor      

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609948337
Author:
Rowe, Jonathan
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Foreword:
McKibben, Bill
Editor:
Barnes, Peter
Author:
Bollier, David
Author:
Barnes, Peter
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Afterword:
Bollier, David
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Commons
Subject:
Wealth
Subject:
bill mckibben
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Subject:
commons, common good, Jonathan Rowe, Bill McKibben, hidden wealth, economics, private, public, community, government, business, environment, nature, policy, essays, political economy
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , “This elegant book is a wonderful introduction to the originality of thought, clarity of expression, and humanity of vision that made Jonathan Rowe so respected by those who knew him. It will change the way you think about economic, environmental and social problems and how to solve them. “
"Review" by , “Jonathan Rowe describes the emerging movement to protect the vast commonwealth owned by the people. Gird yourself to see nature and human ingenuity in a very different light. Then open these pages and a whole new world will come into focus.”
"Review" by , “There is an economics of common wealth. Common wealth can and must be managed. That is Jon Rowe's gift to us.” George Lakoff, Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley and author of Don't Think of an Elephant
"Synopsis" by , A huge part of our economy is invisible, invaluable, and highly vulnerable. "The Commons" is a generic term that denotes everything we share, our entire life support system, both natural and social. Some parts of the commons are gifts of nature: the air and oceans, the web of species, wilderness and flowing water. Others are the product of human creativity and endeavor: sidewalks and public squares, the stories of childhood, language, customs and traditions. But they all “belong” to all of us, if that is the word. No one has exclusive rights. We inherit them jointly and hold them in trust for those who come after us.

This concise, comprehensive work examines the history and tragic neglect of the commons and offers pragmatic advice for strengthening and protecting it at a time when privatization and control are economic mantras. It is both reflective and practical, exploring the complex but vital relationship of the commons to the market and the state and the importance of the commons in the modern world.

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