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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (May 1 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865717583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865717589
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
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Commoning was a way of life for most of our ancestors. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, author Heather Menzies journeys to her roots in the Scottish Highlands, where her family lived in direct relation with the land since before recorded time.

Beginning with an intimate account of unearthing the heritage of the commons and the real tragedy of its loss, Menzies offers a detailed description of the self-organizing, self-governing and self-informing principles of this nearly forgotten way of life, including its spiritual practices and traditions. She then identifies pivotal commons practices that could be usefully revived today. A final 'manifesto' section pulls these facets together into a unified vision for reclaiming the commons, drawing a number of current popular initiatives into the commons and commoning frame-such as local food security, permaculture and the Occupy Movement.

An engaging memoir of personal and political discovery, Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good combines moving reflections on our common heritage with a contemporary call to action, individually and collectively, locally and globally. Readers will be inspired by the book's vision of reviving the commons ethos of empathy and mutual respect, and energized by her practical suggestions for connecting people and place for the common good.

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? an admirable, even noble, vision? expresses very eloquently what will have to be done if humanity is to escape the current race towards disaster. ---Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher, political theorist, MIT

When the great Crash, ecologic or economic, comes, Heather Menzies' brilliant critique, will provide an understanding of why it came about, and a path towards a truly sustainable way for humanity to live on the planet.---David Suzuki, author of Wisdom of the Elders and The Sacred Balance

Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good combines reflections on our common heritage with a contemporary call to action. Join author Heather Menzies as she journeys to her roots in the Scottish Highlands, sharing her intimate account of unearthing the heritage of the commons and the real tragedy of its loss. This engaging, groundbreaking memoir combines a detailed description of the self-organizing, self-governing and self-informing principles of this nearly forgotten way of life, including its spiritual practices and traditions. Menzies’ unified vision for reclaiming the commons incorporates a number of current popular initiatives such as local food security, permaculture and community revitalization. Readers will be moved to embrace the commons ethos of empathy and mutual respect, and energized by the practical suggestions for connecting people and place for the common good.

?a splendid, lyrical book -- exciting, well-written, scholarly and inspirational all at once. ---Susan J. Buck, Ph.D., Past president, International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)

A seamlessly argued alternative vision ---Ed Broadbent, Chair, the Broadbent Institute and former leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada

Heather Menzies is an award-winning writer and scholar, the author of nine books, including Whose Brave New World? and No Time, and was recently awarded the Order of Canada for her ?contributions to public discourse.”



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