Join us on the 17th September for an evening with commons experts David Bollier and Silke Helfrich.
6.30pm: drinks at 18 Well Walk, Hampstead, NW3 1LD Gaia House
7.30pm – 9pm: talk and discussion at The Friends Meeting House, 120 Heath Street, Hampstead NW3 1DR
Join us for an evening with American author, activist and commons experts David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, for the UK launch of their latest book Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons. The book is an ambitious attempt to build a deeper understanding of the commons as a living social organism.
Around the world, commons are (re)emerging as a paradigm and set of practices that emphasise collective stewardship of shared wealth and the interconnectedness that makes life on Earth possible.
Commons take many forms, ranging from community land trusts for eco-friendly farming and “platform cooperatives” as alternatives to Uber and Airbnb, to indigenous governance systems and open-source design and manufacturing. These and countless other commons point to post-capitalist possibilities that will be essential as current market/state systems spiral into deeper dysfunction.
Drawing on their new book, David and Silke will describe how the commons invite us to enter into new sorts of relationships than those recognized by standard economics. Instead of seeing people as isolated individuals transacting in the market, commoners recognize that people are in fact “nested-I’s” interdependent on the living world and each other. When structured through commons, social collaboration can be highly generative, fair, and inclusive – the seed-form for a new society. Climate activist Bill McKibben has hailed Free, Fair and Alive as “a truly exciting glimpse into what the world after this one might look like.”
David and Silke’s talk will be followed with a Question and Answer session. Copies of Free, Fair and Alive will be available to purchase.
About David and Silke
Silke Helfrich is an author and independent activist of the commons. She is founding member of Commons Strategies Group. She was regional representative of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Mexico/Central America for several years, and was the editor of Wem gehört die Welt, and translator and editor of Elinor Ostrom: Was mehr wird, wenn wir teilen. She blogs at commonsblog.de.
David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and consultant who has devoted himself to exploring the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture. He is Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts – www.centerforneweconomics.org — and Cofounder of the Commons Strategies Group. He blogs at bollier.org.