Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good

Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good


Commoning was once a life-style for many of our ancestors. In Reclaiming the Commons for the typical Good, writer Heather Menzies trips to her roots within the Scottish Highlands, the place her relatives lived in direct relation with the land on the grounds that sooner than recorded time.

Beginning with an intimate account of unearthing the background of the commons and the true tragedy of its loss, Menzies deals a close description of the self-organizing, self-governing, and self-informing ideas of this approximately forgotten lifestyle, together with its non secular practices and traditions. She then identifies pivotal commons practices which may be usefully revived this day. a last "manifesto" part pulls those features jointly right into a unified imaginative and prescient for reclaiming the commons, drawing a few present well known tasks into the commoning body, corresponding to neighborhood nutrition safety, permaculture, and the Occupy Movement.

An attractive memoir of non-public and political discovery, Reclaiming the Commons for the typical Good combines relocating reflections on our universal historical past with a latest name to motion, separately and jointly; in the community and globally. Readers might be encouraged by way of the book's imaginative and prescient of reviving the commons ethos of empathy and mutual admire, and energized by means of her functional feedback for connection humans and position for the typical good.

Heather Menzies is an award-winning author and student and member of the Order of Canada. She is the writer of 9 books, together with Whose courageous New World? and No Time.

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