The Global Commons is Creeping onto Centre Stage


By Inka Stafrace

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Our commons are the collective heritage of humanity — the shared resources of nature and society that we inherit, create and use. People across the world are now rediscovering these common goods and choosing to protect them for future generations – Global Commons Trust

global commons3Privatisation tends to reach the edge of political debate and dive into the realm of a more primate understanding of  right and wrong for most people when it tries to commodify elements on our planet that have always, from time immemorial belonged to the global commons due to being natures gift or if you are more religiously inclined – god-given . The proposal of privatising water in Italy for example had 95% of  Italian people voting against it in a referendum.  Monsanto’s attempts and increased success in patenting seeds for crops that do not yield seeds for farmers to freely use strikes an uneasy chord in many a believing capitalist.

global commons4It is when these somewhat sacred boundaries are crossed that the notion of change starts to brew into something more tangible.

The compilation of this article is mainly to share with you all a BBC podcast from Start of The Week (28th April 2014) that spoke of a collaborative economy emerging from the success of the content shared with zero marginal cost through the internet. and will , according to Rikin expand into something more physical that bypasses the market together in matters such as, but not limited to, energy consumption and production. In a nutshell, The Global Commons is emerging more and more in the public domain discourse as paving the way to a treasure chest of solutions to the problems that have arisen from our current debt based economic system that has reached, many opine, to the end of its rope. In many ways the Global Commons based theories are merely turning the clock back to a time before the enclosures, (1800s) when land itself was not commodified and wedding these theories with a transparent democracies instead of a feudal system.


global commonsThe Future of Capitalism – from the BBC 4 site

Anne McElvoy talks to the social theorist Jeremy Rifkin who foresees the gradual decline of capitalism and the rise of a collaborative economy. As new technology enables greater sharing of goods and services, Rifkin argues that it provides a challenge to the market economy. The sociologist Saskia Sassen warns that the majority of people may not enjoy the fruits of this new world as increasing inequality, land evictions and complex financial systems lead to their expulsion from the economy. The Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng looks back at the history of international finance and how gold and war have shaped the economic order of today.


43 minutes
First broadcast:

 Monday 28 April 2014


Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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