The Emergence of Law for the Commons

September 29, 2015 CommonSpark Uncategorized

David Bollier recently published a 4-part strategy memorandum outlining 60+ examples of legal innovations in a new frame called “Law for the Commons”. David’s 4-part blog series is a little long but well worth the time to read as the implications are huge. If Buckminster Fuller were alive today, he might say that Law for the Commons is the new operating system that will make the current dysfunctional model obsolete.

Here’s a short list of the contents followed by relevant links:

Part I:  Introduction

Part II:  Legal Innovations in Beating the Bounds:  Nine Promising Fields of Action
1.  Indigenous Commons
2.  Subsistence Commons in the Global South
3.  Digital Commons
4.  Stakeholder Trusts
5.  Co-operative Law
6.  Urban Commons
7.  Localism
8.  New Organizational Forms
9.  Re-imagining State Policy to Empower Commons

Part III:  The Strategic Value of Developing Law for the Commons

Part IV:  Next Steps

Here are links to David’s blog posts, the Law for the Commons wiki, and videos from a recent conference on Law for the Commons in Germany (in English).

Reinventing Law for the Commons Part 1
Legal Innovations: Beating the Bounds Part 2
Legal Innovations: Beating the Bounds Part 3
Strategic Value of Developing Law for the Commons Part 4
Who May Use the King’s Forest? The Meaning of Magna Carta, Commons and Law in Our Time
Law for the Commons Wiki at Commons Transition
800 Jahre Commons: David Bollier
800 Jahre Commons: M. Bauwens
800 Jahre Commons: Discussion

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