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Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good

Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good

Author: Heather Menzies
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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.
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Co-op available Promoted to American Book Review, Fourth Genre, The Yale Review and The WalrusEmail promotion to commons associations such as Sharable.net, Creative Commons, On the Commons, Centre for a New EconomyPromoted to organizations interested in alternative economies such as BeALocalist, Transition USA, Transition Towns, Occupy, Green Party membersTargeted review mailing to magazines, newspapers and bloggersPromotion on New Society Publishers Facebook page, twitter and blogEbook promotion with Kobo and Apple as appropriate Ebook will be available at the same time as print publication to maximize sales and the Ebook ISBN will be included on all press materials, author and publisher websitesElectronic galley on Net Galley
Reviews
It's an admirable, even noble, vision, and expresses very eloquently what will have to be done if humanity is to escape the current race towards disaster. There's not much time, and it's a huge task. I hope what this book has the impact it deserves. ---Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher, political theorist, MITWhen the great Crash, ecologic or economic, comes, Heather Menzies' brilliant critique, provides an understanding of why it came about and a path towards a truly sustainable way for humanity to live on the planet.---David Suzuki, author, Wisdom of the Elders and The Sacred BalanceA book made for today. Menzies marks the trail for deep participation in the healing of soul, community and creation, drawing from ancient wisdom, fine scholarship and contemporary practices of hope. An inspiring and pragmatic contribution toward meeting the greatest spiritual challenges of our time.---Mardi Tindal, former moderator, United Church of CanadaLike most thoughtful post-2008 observers, Menzies is a trenchant critic of the neoliberal version of capitalism for its destruction of community life, degradation of the environment and accelerating inequality. Unlike most, however, she presents a seamlessly argued alternative vision. Drawing on her Scottish roots, Aboriginal history, current movements like Idle No More, environmental and social justice activist practices in many countries, and Google-friendly networks, she calls upon individuals to change the world by engaging locally within this complex matrix. She contends that it's possible, if not easy, to re-establish communities whose prevailing ethic is the common good. This would allow for markets; but instead of continuing to dominate, they would be subordinated to society's local and national priorities. A powerful challenge to the to the still prevailing ideology.---Ed Broadbent, chair, Broadbent Institute, and former leader, New Democratic Party of CanadaThis is a splendid, lyrical book -- exciting, well-written, scholarly and inspirational all at once ... Grounded in practical experience and sound scholarship, this book is a welcome addition to commons literature.---Susan J. Buck, Ph.D., past president, International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), Associate Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina - GreensboroThe constitutional principle of compelling national interest that is invoked by governments to ensure progress and development has invariably been at the expense of local-communities and local environments. As a result, the fabric of reality is damaged and torn. This damage and tearing is known by many names and phrases; climate change, war, genocide, colonization, environmental degradation, and perhaps most appropriately as the tragedy of the commons. Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good represents, for me, a first baby-step toward repairing the breach to wholeness and toward restoring ancient pathways supported both by a scientific theory of common ancestry and indigenous story of creation held-in-common.---Eugene Richard Atleo (Umeek) It's an admirable, even noble, vision, and expresses very eloquently what will have to be done if humanity is to escape the current race towards disaster. There's not much time, and it's a huge task. I hope what this book has the impact it deserves. ---Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher, political theorist, MITWhen the great Crash, ecologic or economic, comes, Heather Menzies' brilliant critique, provides an understanding of why it came about and a path towards a truly sustainable way for humanity to live on the planet.---David Suzuki, author, Wisdom of the Elders and The Sacred BalanceA book made for today. Menzies marks the trail for deep participation in the healing of soul, community and creation, drawing from ancient wisdom, fine scholarship and contemporary practices of hope. An inspiring and pragmatic contribution toward meeting the greatest spiritual challenges of our time.---Mardi Tindal, former moderator, United Church of CanadaLike most thoughtful post-2008 observers, Menzies is a trenchant critic of the neoliberal version of capitalism for its destruction of community life, degradation of the environment and accelerating inequality. Unlike most, however, she presents a seamlessly argued alternative vision. Drawing on her Scottish roots, Aboriginal history, current movements like Idle No More, environmental and social justice activist practices in many countries, and Google-friendly networks, she calls upon individuals to change the world by engaging locally within this complex matrix. She contends that it's possible, if not easy, to re-establish communities whose prevailing ethic is the common good. This would allow for markets; but instead of continuing to dominate, they would be subordinated to society's local and national priorities. A powerful challenge to the to the still prevailing ideology.---Ed Broadbent, chair, Broadbent Institute, and former leader, New Democratic Party of CanadaThis is a splendid, lyrical book -- exciting, well-written, scholarly and inspirational all at once � Grounded in practical experience and sound scholarship, this book is a welcome addition to commons literature.---Susan J. Buck, Ph.D., past president, International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), Associate Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina - GreensboroThe constitutional principle of compelling national interest that is invoked by governments to ensure progress and development has invariably been at the expense of local-communities and local environments. As a result, the fabric of reality is damaged and torn. This damage and tearing is known by many names and phrases; climate change, war, genocide, colonization, environmental degradation, and perhaps most appropriately as the tragedy of the commons. Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good represents, for me, a first baby-step toward repairing the breach to wholeness and toward restoring ancient pathways supported both by a scientific theory of common ancestry and indigenous story of creation held-in-common.---Eugene Richard Atleo (Umeek)
Author description
Heather Menzies is an award-winning writer and scholar and the author of nine books, including Whose Brave New World? and No Time. She has been awarded an honourary doctorate and the Order of Canada for her � contributions to public discourse." A mother and grandmother, a gardener and social-justice activist, Heather regularly contributes to journals and newspapers, and is in high demand as a speaker, offering a thoughtful critique of our disintegrating social fabric.
Table of contents
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 quoB. 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 (350.org.) Co-ops and the common good Poly-centric governanceC. 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 knowledgeD. Relations with Creation: Presence to Presence, alive in all Creation A common spiritual language Anam Caras & First Nations elders The common good as felt realityE. 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 buildingF. 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
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General Fields

  • : 9780865717589
  • : New Society Publishers
  • : New Society Publishers
  • : May 2014
  • : United States
  • : books

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  • : 240
  • : Heather Menzies
  • : Paperback
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