Traprock Peace Education Center at GCC invites you to hear David Bollier on:
Think Like a Commoner
October 17 from 12-1:30
GCC Main Building C208
At a time when our representative democracy has become a gaudy charade driven by big money and remote bureaucracies, the commons is arising in countless places around the world as a visionary, practical alternative to the market and state. Commons can be seen in traditional social systems for managing forests, farmland and water; in open source software, Wikipedia, open access publishing and other digital communities; and in movements such as the Transition Towns, Occupy, local food and the right to the city. Bollier will talk about the commons as a new vision of human and local development, on-the-ground participation and responsibility, and innovative forms of production, governance and ways of living.
David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and independent scholar who has studied the transformative potential of the commons paradigm since the late 1990s. He is cofounder of Public Knowledge, a Washington policy advocacy group that defends the information commons, especially on the Internet, and cofounder of the Commons Strategies Group, an international project of commons activism. Based in Amherst, Mass., Bollier is an author or editor of seven books on the commons, including Think Like a Commoner, The Wealth of the Commons, Green Governance, and Viral Spiral.