eco-commons

a down-to-earth way-of-life

imagining an eco-commons

The eco-commons offers a new way to tell an old story of people cooperating in their living, working relations and in their respectful interconnection with their habitat. This way of life was called the commons. It was local, self-governing, and relatively equitable. To this, we’ve added the eco to accentuate our 21st century need to rebalance our intrinsic relationship with the earth.

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How might my abundance contribute to my neighbour’s well-being? How might my neighbour’s talents contribute to my well-being. How might we translate this kind of coinage systemically? Surely with our advanced communication systems where funds are redistributed at lightning speed, we can figure out how to redistribute abundance?

The social gospel emerged in the early 20th century as a response to the abuses of capitalism and the need to understand how the church, and state, could be part of building God’s Kin(g)dom on earth. A hundred years later, we continue this struggle but with the added need to ensure the earth’s wellbeing as well. This article details some of the social gospel’s influence back then so that we might be inspired to carry it on now.

At a more grass-roots level, some of us have found the old idea of the commons to have relevance in the 21st century. The idea of being commoners and engaged in commoning gives fresh expression to a way-of-life that is down-to-earth, practical, cooperative, participatory, local and yet with global understanding.

This pre-modern concept of the commons – people working and sharing together – has new relevance in the 21st century. We have come to articulate this life choice as seeking a common GOOD.  Join us in exploring what this means.

Our latest resources

PowerPoint slide deck by Ted Reeve

How a group on Gabriola Island is living into a commoning way of life.

The principle of the commons, the sharing of resources, and the integrity of community life, is the foundation on which western Canada was built. Yet abundance has turned out to have its own dangers. The role of co-ops as the alternative to agri-business and its destructive effect on communities. Video by Tom Radford.

This film by eco-commons collaborator Tom Radford explores how the system of unfettered capitalism in Canada has allowed the Tar Sands in Fort McMurray Alberta to generate a billion dollars a day for investors while destroying the way of life for First Nations people.

Kate Raworth has developed over the last decade or more a helpful way to measure our ecological, economic, and social wellbeing so that we might work together to live within the donut — a place of equilibrium and sustainability. Her website and videos explain this helpful “index of wellbeing.”

Vandana Shiva summarizes the need for a global commons movement to replace the earth-destroying capitalist system that we now have.

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