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Author Rowe, Jonathan, 1946-
Title Our common wealth : the hidden economy that makes everything else work / by Jonathan Rowe ; edited by Peter Barnes ; foreword by Bill McKibben ; afterword by David Bollier.
Imprint San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2013]

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Author Rowe, Jonathan, 1946-
Series A BK currents book
BK currents book.
Subject Commons.
Alt Name Barnes, Peter, 1942-
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 123 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword / Bill McKibben -- Introduction / Peter Barnes -- Theory : Our hidden wealth ; How tragic is the commons? ; A new commons story ; A parallel economy ; Stop the invasions! ; The myopia of money ; Human nature and the commons ; Common property ; Takers and givers ; The community of goods ; Conservative commoners, once -- Practice : Accounting for common wealth ; Tollbooths of the mind ; Subsistence from the commons ; Build it and they will sit ; Sidewalks of the Information Age ; Reallocating time ; Time banking ; Who owns the beach? ; From alleys to commons ; New institutions needed ; Seeds of a commons movement -- Afterword / David Bollier.
Summary "A huge part of our economy is invisible, invaluable, and under siege. "The commons" is a term that denotes everything we share as opposed to own privately. Some parts of the commons are gifts of nature: the air and oceans, the web of species, wilderness, and watersheds. Others are the product of human creativity and endeavor: sidewalks and public squares, the Internet, our languages, cultures, technologies, and infrastructure. In graceful and down-to-earth prose, Jonathan Rowe illuminates the scale and value of the commons, its symbiotic relationship with the rest of the economy, its importance to our personal and planetary well-being, and how it is threatened by privatization and neglect. Rowe also describes a growing movement to recognize and defend the commons on many fronts: community initiatives, legal actions, and visionary proposals such as a "sky trust" to charge polluters and distribute the proceeds to all of us. Simple gestures can be powerful too: Rowe relates how he set some benches in a vacant lot and watched a public gathering space take shape. For decades, people have defended the commons and not known it. They've battled pollution, development, corporate marketing assaults on their kids, and many other attacks on common wealth. What's been missing is a story that unifies all these seemingly unrelated battles with the force of a powerful idea. This is what Jonathan Rowe provides in this thought-provoking book."--Publisher's website.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781609948344 (electronic bk.)
1609948343 (electronic bk.)
9781609948351 (electronic bk.)
1609948351 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 830323704
Additional Format Print version: Rowe, Jonathan. Our common wealth. San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2013] 9781609948337 (DLC) 2012039496 (OCoLC)812247466