Shopping Cart
 

We want to direct you to the right website. Please tell us where you live.

(This is a one-time message unless you reset your location.)

Available in Print and Digital (eBook) formats.
Choose the format you need.

Paperback
$17.95 USD
PDF
$11.65 USD
EPUB
$11.65 USD
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2014-05-01
ISBN: 9780865717589
Format: Paperback - 240 pages
Size: 6" x 9" (w x h)
BISAC: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good

Commoning was a way of life for most of our ancestors. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, author Heather Menzies journeys to her roots in the Scottish Highlands, where her family lived in direct relation with the land since before recorded time.

Beginning with an intimate account of unearthing the heritage of the commons and the real tragedy of its loss, Menzies offers a detailed description of the self-organizing, self-governing and self-informing principles of this nearly forgotten way of life, including its spiritual practices and traditions. She then identifies pivotal commons practices that could be usefully revived today. A final 'manifesto' section pulls these facets together into a unified vision for reclaiming the commons, drawing a number of current popular initiatives into the commons and commoning frame-such as local food security, permaculture and the Occupy Movement.

An engaging memoir of personal and political discovery, Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good combines moving reflections on our common heritage with a contemporary call to action, individually and collectively, locally and globally. Readers will be inspired by the book's vision of reviving the commons ethos of empathy and mutual respect, and energized by her practical suggestions for connecting people and place for the common good.

About the Author

Heather Menzies is an award-winning writer and scholar and the author of nine books, including Whose Brave New World? and No Time. She has been awarded an honourary doctorate and the Order of Canada for her "contributions to public discourse." A mother and grandmother, a gardener and social-justice activist, Heather regularly contributes to journals and newspapers, and is in high demand as a speaker, offering a thoughtful critique of our disintegrating social fabric.



Better

The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living

by Nicole Caldwell


Free, Fair, and Alive

The Insurgent Power of the Commons

by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich


Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents

Dissimulating the Sustainable City

by Andrés Duany and Emily Talen


Culture Gap

Towards a New World in the Yalakom Valley

by Judith Plant


Creating a Life Together

Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

by Diana Leafe Christian and Patch Adams