Some years ago, I co-developed an essay and report with the title Constructing Utopias that presented dreams of young Europeans regarding their direct surroundings: their city. Constructing the commons is of course a more defined topic, relating to the idea of shared resources managed by a community. However, I think commons are a sort of utopia. The Common are not new, rather rediscovered as worthy of protection and as desirable.Utopian in its apparent capacity to provide direction to society pointing to increased wellbeing for people and the planet. Surrendering to the commons appears to tackle some of the pitfalls of modern life were we find ourselves severely individualized, detached from the natural elements and dependent on state and market for every tiny step in one’s life.
2016-03-07 20:12:38 – sophiebloemen