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Tonight's show I am joined by David Bollier to discuss in a broad sense what we mean by "The Commons" and what might be possible through collectively sharing resources and why here in U.S. this concept has been particularly challenging to bring forth.

For the past twenty-five years, David Bollier has been an American activist, scholar, and blogger focused on the commons as a new paradigm for re-imagining economics, politics, and culture. The Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics [www.centerforneweconomics.org] since 2016, Bollier speaks and frequently collaborates internationally with many commons scholars, activists, policy experts, and brilliant irregulars.

The book Free, Fair and Alive, published by Bollier and his late coauthor Silke Helfrich in 2019, helped reframe the commons as a social system and activity, not primarily as an economic resource. The book emphasizes the relational dimensions of commoning in provisioning, peer governance, personal identity, and cultural reconstruction. Bollier's recent research focuses on legal hacks to support commons; noncapitalist forms of "relationalized finance"; state/commons relations; relocalization; and cross-sectoral collaboration among commoners.

Bollier's blog Bollier.org and his monthly podcast Frontiers of Commoning, are popular sources of news and commentary about the commons. He has written more than ten books on various aspects of the commons, including The Commoner's Catalog for Changemaking (2021) Free, Fair and Alive (2019), and Think Like a Commoner (2014). Bollier lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.