The concept of the “credit commons” is something I articulated at length in my 2009 book The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, along with a thorough description of how it can be reclaimed from monopoly control. In November of 2010 I was invited to participate in the International Commons Conference: Constructing a Commons Based Policy Platform Economy, sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, in Berlin, Germany.
In my presentation there I pointed out that credit is a crucial aspect of the commons that has been generally overlooked, and that reclaiming it is crucial to any attempt to promote social justice, economic equity, democratic government and a world that works for everyone.
This video is a composite of the video record that was made and the slides that I showed at that time. It can also be viewed at Credit Commons on YouTube.
Following my participation in the Commons Conference in Berlin two years ago, I was asked to contribute a chapter to an anthology titled, The Wealth of the Commons: A world beyond market & state.
This book is a “new collection of 73 essays that describe the enormous potential of the commons in conceptualizing and building a better future.” At long last, the English edition has now been published and can be ordered from Leveller’s Press.
I think this chapter is one of the most succinct and information-rich essays I’ve ever written, so I’ve posted it here on this site. You can download the pdf file here: Reclaiming the Credit Commons.
It is also available in Greek here. and in French here or at Ecoattitude –t.h.g.
On Tuesday, May 22, I was the featured guest on Jay Taylor’s program, Turning Hard Times into Good Times. The interview titled, The End of Money as We Know It and the Future of Civilization, was recorded and is now available for listening on this site. Find it in the sidebar to the right under My Interviews, or click here. You can also find it archived on the Voice America website at, http://www.voiceamerica.com/Show/1501