Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good
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Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good


122 Pages

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  • Commoning was a way of life for most of our ancestors. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, author Heather Menzies journeys to her roots in the Scottish Highlands, where her family lived in direct relation with the land since before recorded time.

    Beginning with an intimate account of unearthing the heritage of the commons and the real tragedy of its loss, Menzies offers a detailed description of the self-organizing, self-governing, and self-informing principles of this nearly forgotten way of life, including its spiritual practices and traditions. She then identifies pivotal commons practices that could be usefully revived today. A final "manifesto" section pulls these facets together into a unified vision for reclaiming the commons, drawing a number of current popular initiatives into the commoning frame, such as local food security, permaculture, and the Occupy Movement.

    An engaging memoir of personal and political discovery, Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good combines moving reflections on our common heritage with a contemporary call to action, individually and collectively; locally and globally. Readers will be inspired by the book's vision of reviving the commons ethos of empathy and mutual respect, and energized by her practical suggestions for connection people and place for the common good.

    Heather Menzies is an award-winning writer and scholar and member of the Order of Canada. She is the author of nine books, including Whose Brave New World? and No Time.

    Table of Contents:

    A. Relations with the land:
  • The commoning ethos
  • ‘A field in good heart’ & ‘Right Relations’?
  • Engaging with the earth: green therapy; healing the nature deficit
  • Where ‘property’ came from
  • The changing meaning of ‘commodity’
  • Moral Economy and Mixed Economy
  • Community gardens, food security
  • The ‘box’ of the status quo

    B. Commoning as self-organization & self-governance:
  • The Gabriola Community Commons
  • Self-governance in community development.
  • Sustainabilty (continuity and adaptability) as capacity building
  • Self-regulation: ‘stinting’ revisited to regulate the energy commons (
  • Co-ops and the common good
  • Poly-centric governance

    C. Commoning Knowledge:
  • Insider’s / ‘in-dwelling’ perspective
  • When head and hands work together
  • Experiential & expert knowledge: My knowledge, my life
  • Peer/participatory knowledge
  • Toward a knowledge/learners’ common
  • The ‘box’ of expert knowledge

    D. Relations with Creation:
  • Presence to Presence, alive in all Creation
  • A common spiritual language
  • Anam Caras & First Nations elders
  • The common good as felt reality

    E. Relations with Ourselves:
  • Coming home to yourself: the ‘box’ of addiction, distraction & disconnection
  • Reclaiming the power of naming
  • Healing hands, healing pathways
  • The power of participation & sustainable people
  • Ongoing circles/cycles of capacity building

    F. A Commoning Manifesto:
  • Whistle blowing on job, in community
  • Casserole, sharivari, rough music & lex loci
  • Stinting applied locally and to commons of energy reserves
  • Occupy opportunities & ‘reverse strike’
  • Scaling up and deepening in time as continuity
  • Subjects


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    Published 28 April 2014
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    EAN13 9781550925586
    Language English

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