David Bollier

Commons Scholar | Activist

David Bollier is an American activist and scholar dedicated to advancing the commons as a new/old paradigm for re-imagining the political economy and culture. As Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics [www.centerforneweconomics.org], Bollier works with an international network of commoners to developing commons strategies, policies, and co-learning initiatives.

In Bollier’s reckoning, the commons holds vital answers to addressing climate change because it challenges the pathologies of the market/state system (constant growth, ecological destruction, social inequities) while developing constructive alternatives: an ethic of sufficiency, practical institutions for provisioning, peer governance of shared wealth, and a vision of cultural renewal.

Bollier’s blog, Bollier.org and his monthly podcast Frontiers of Commoning, are popular sources of news and commentary about the commons, along with his ten books on various aspects of the commons. These include The Commoner’s Catalog for Changemaking (2021), Free, Fair and Alive (2019), and Think Like a Commoner (2014). Bollier lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the US.