The Commoner: Free Fair And Alive

Welcome to the first episode of the Voices of the Commons podcast

In this episode, Oliver caught up with Silke Helfrich and David the authors of Free Fair and Alive after their presentation at UCL in London.

From co-housing and agroecology to fisheries and open-source everything, people are increasingly using “commoning” to emancipate themselves from a predatory market-state system.

Free, Fair and Alive is a foundational re-thinking of the commons — the self-organized social system that humans have used for millennia to meet their needs. It offers a compelling vision of a future beyond the dead-end binary of capitalism versus socialism that has almost brought the world to its knees.

Silke Helfrich is an independent activist, author, scholar, and speaker. She co-founded the Commons Strategies Group and Commons-Institute, is the former head of the regional office of Heinrich Böll Foundation for Central America, Cuba, and Mexico, and holds degrees in Romance languages/pedagogy and in social sciences. Helfrich is the editor and co-author of several books on the Commons, and she blogs at www.commons.blog. She lives in Neudenau, Germany.

David Bollier is an activist, scholar, and blogger who is focused on the commons as a new/old paradigm for re-imagining economics, politics, and culture. He pursues his commons scholarship and activism as Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and as the co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, an international advocacy project. Author of Think Like a Commoner and other books, he blogs at www.Bollier.org, and lives in Amherst, MA.


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