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Canadians in conversation about reclaiming the commons

on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 06:02

"Reclaiming the commons suggests cultural change. The success of the right in the past 30 years is reflected in the destruction of community as well as the diminishing of the role of citizenship. Consumerism is anathema to community, it isolates people, distracts them from aspects of life that are more nurturing and more satisfying. As such, consumerism is a threat not only to the planet and its ecosystems but to the natural functioning of human society. Reclaiming and rebuilding the commons -- that is what we share and do together -- is fundamental to fulfilling the World Social Forums' declaration that 'a better world is possible.'

The series will run in this,'s 10th year, and is curated by journalist Murray Dobbin. We invite writers, thinkers and activists to make their own contributions to the series."