Patrick Noble warns us to "beware of grown-ups – the grown-up in ourselves as much as in others. Our true coming of age is into the spirit of the common; into the responsibilities of the rule of return and the maintenance of the joys of precious things."
We have inherited the same social patterning that our ancestors held in pre-history (I speculate!) and though we may live in a great city we must, by nature create appropriate villages within. Our street and corner shop may be invisible to a town planner, but they replicate the inner patterns of the soul. By Patrick Noble.
In this talk ecological economist Brian Davey
, member of Feasta, demonstrated how many problems can be traced back to the mismanagement of common resources and argue for a new politics for the commons. What can be done given that rentier interests are so influential behind the scenes in the political system?
Can we find a new form of management, propertising without privatising, and managing the commons in the interests of all?
Recording of parallel workshop with Vicky Heslop and Michael Hayes.
This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
Date: 18 November 2004
Venue: Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
As a Senior Fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy, Environment, in Germany, Sachs leads a variety of projects on globalisation, sustainability and world trade. His talk surveyed resource conflicts around the world from the twin perspectives of fairness and justice.