Why do the poor suffer more from almost every health and social problem? Death rates are higher from cardiovascular disease, infections and many cancers among the least well-off; so too are violence, drug abuse, obesity, teenage births and school failure. Some people might think this is caused by the most vulnerable and least healthy people […]
All of us share sources of wealth that are beyond market goods and monetary prices but critical to our survival and quality of life.The global commons consists of these shared resources, as well as the committed people who work for the common good and serve as stewards of our collective resources. Neither today’s problems nor their solutions exist without people. Appreciating the valueof a commons is as old as humanity itself, yet as forward-looking as our most advanced technology.
Kosmos is pleased to announce our Global Ambassador program, a new outreach to educate and empower people to become socially engaged for the global common good. This small but growing group of volunteers—all international travelers in their careers—use our journal to start conversations and inspire others to contribute to the global commons movement. Much more than magazine distribution, this program is about sharing the hopefulness of a new world community. As you will see below, Ambassadors serve in their own unique ways, wherever their paths go.
When we look at world conditions and project current trends into the future we see much that is disturbing—environmental degradation, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, persisting poverty and injustice, violent conflict, the fiscal collapse of democratic governments. The institutions that have the greatest power—nation states, corporations, and organized interest groups—seem locked in patterns of self-interested behavior such that the necessary changes are hard to imagine.
This paper explores the underlying system of thought that has led to our current economic, ecological, social, and spiritual crisis and proposes new ideas and leverage points for a green, inclusive, and intentional ecosystem economy.
There is something paradoxical about crisis. Why is it that at our most dark and despairing moments, some mysterious force enters our psyche to pull us forward, to elevate our consciousness and invite a brand new perspective? This is what I discovered over and over again as I served the role of spiritual guide to hundreds of aspiring individuals for twenty years in the 1970s and early 80s.
The term commons was first used during the enclosure period in Britain when people were removed from their communal lands. Since then, commons have come to represent areas of co-governance and co-production that lie outside of the market and state sectors (or Market State), including food, water, clean air, energy, information, internet, culture, indigenous peoples’ rights and other concerns.
Increasingly, I feel like a passenger on a plane watching a pilot flirting with a flight attendant during a thunderstorm. My surgeon seems more concerned about her tee time on the golf course. Half of the drivers around me incessantly talk on their cell phones.