This video records a conversation between Johan Schot and Tine de Moor on the construction of commons and the role of commons in fostering social movements and collective action.
So what about this alternative form of governance that citizen collectives unveil: could their coordinating mechanisms offer a feasible alternative to our current modus operandi and contribute to a Second Deep Transition? And what would our world today look like if we were to reintroduce governance structures that function according to collectively set rules and an economic model that is based on sufficiency rather than growth?
In the following #DTdialogue, Johan Schot and Tine de Moor explore these questions further. They dive into the challenges that citizen collectives or institutions for collective action are faced with due to the values and rules of our current society and address the importance of such cooperatives and us, citizens, in tackling the climate crisis.
This interview guide provides an overview of the topics addressed at which part of the interview (time indication in minutes).
01:00-15:00: Definition of the term commons, its origin and current examples. Can institutions for collective action have a profit motive? Can we reform universities to make them institutions for collective action?
15:00-22:00: The values of commons and sufficiency as a radical new principle (needs vs. what’s available)
22:00 -27:00: Commons in relation to the state and the market and as a new governing mechanism for modern society?
27:00-37:00: The opportunities and challenges of institutions for collective action and their role in addressing the climate crisis
37:00-43:00: The role of rules and citizens in responding to global challenges
List of references
Hardin, G. (1968). The Tragedy of the Commons. Science 162 (3859), 1243-1248. Retrieved from: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/162/3859/1243/tab-pdf
T. De Moor, “Revealing Historical Resilience,” in Tragedy Revisited, Science, pp. 1236-1241, 2018. Retrieved from: http://www.collective-action.info/_RES_Publications
T. De Moor, The Dilemma of the Commoners: Understanding the Use of Common Pool Resources in Long-Term Perspective, Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Retrieved from: http://www.collective-action.info/_RES_Publications
Schot, J. (2003). The Contested Rise of a Modernist Technology Politics, in: Thomas J. Misa, Philip Brey and Arie Rip (eds.), Modernity and Technology (Cambridge: MIT Press, 257-278. Retrieved from: http://www.johanschot.com/publications/contested-rise-modernist-technology-politics/
De Moor, T., Schot, J., Witte, J. (2021) Power to the people? The role of citizen collectives in fighting climate change. Available at https://tipresourcelab.net/resource/power-to-the-people-the-role-of-citizen-collectives-in-fighting-climate-change/