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Commons: for a new Policy Beyond Market and State

on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 15:01

Below is a message that I've just recieved from Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, editors of new book on the Commons, featuring the School of Commoning. (The launch of the book's English edition in the UK will be hosted by SoC, later this year.)

Dear Contributor,

We are very happy to report that the German and English versions of our commons book anthology will both soon be published!  The German edition of our book, Commons: Für eine neue Politik Jenseits von Markt und Staat (For a new Policy Beyond Market and State), will be published in April by Transcript Publishers.  Please find the cover in attachment, we hope you like it. It will cover 528 pages on the commons (for Euro 24,80 - which is quit exeptionell). You'll find the table of content here (the English version will be similar but not exactly the same) 

We expect to have a workshop to present the book at the McPlanet conference in Berlin on April 21. The official booklaunch will be on Monday, May 7 /7 pm in the very heart of Berlin at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, co-editor of the book which has provided invaluable support to this ambitious project! It would be great to have some of you there. 

The English edition, The Life of the Commons: Another World Is Possible Beyond Market and State (not sure yet if this will be the final title), will be published in September by Levellers Press, a small Massachusetts publisher with a strong commitment to the commons and innovative publishing practices. Both books will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The openess of both publishers to adopt this licence is highly appreciated by all of us. 

With 73 essays on almost everything from commons-based abundance and free software to land enclosures and P2P urbanism, the anthology showcases the remarkable international diversity of commons projects, activism and theoretical thought. We are immensely pleased that we now have a single book that reflects large part of the actual scope and vitality of the commons paradigm today. 

We wish to thank each of you for your special contributions to this book. It has truly been an inspiring exercise in commoning – one that we wish to continue in the months ahead as we try to spread word of the book’s release. If you know of people, organizations, universities, libraries or conferences that should know about the book, please alert them – and send along any ideas to us at or

Thank you again for your essay! Please stay in touch with us and come back to us with whatever request you may have regarding the ongoing process. 


Silke Helfrich David Bollier