A new german book called “Commons – Für eine neue Politik jenseits von Markt und Staat” was published recently. It includes articles from members of the P2P Foundation.
An english version of this same book will appear later this year, in September. This version is edited by David Bollier:
An English version of the book, which I have co-edited with Helfrich, will be coming soon. Levellers Press, a small publisher in Massachusetts with a deep commitment to the commons and innovative publishing, will release The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State, in September. The English version of the book will be about 90% the same as the German version, with a handful of additional essays and a few of the German ones omitted. Both books are being published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
This is a brief presentation:
The commons live a renaissance given the current climate, financial and food crisis. This is the conclusion of the 500-page anthology “Commons – Für eine neue Politik jenseits von Markt und Staat” which is published by the commons expert Silke Helfrich and the Heinrich Boell Foundation. More than 90 authors from 30 countries make their contributions in front of a modern concept of the commons, the traditional assumptions of economic theory and goods into question and may be a guide for a new policy.
Commons are more important than ever. They are not based on the idea of scarcity, but draw from the wealth. They are productive without producing primarily for the market. They exist for and by the people to solve concrete problems.
The book is published under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA) and may be reproduced, and modify without restriction. The download of the book is free.