Theesfeld moderates a book presentation on Commons by Silke Helfrich


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Free, fair and vital | The Power of the Commons 

(Original in German: Frei, fair und lebendig | Die Macht der Commons)
Book presentation and discussion with Silke Helfrich

What do public forests, software from Linux, community-supported agriculture and apartment-house syndicates in common? All of this is not organized as private property but based on collective usage without profit maximization. Because yes, there is a real alternative to capitalism, to the lost state socialism, to the overpowering market and state. It is human- and environment-friendly. It satisfies needs and creates solidarity. It is as old as humankind and can be found all over the globe: The Commons – sometimes also called “common property”.

In her new book Silke Helfrich further developed the findings of the Nobel prize winner and researcher of the Commons Ellinor Ostrom and distinguished multifaceted patterns. After the book presentation we will start a discussion with the author and the audience. The main question will be how transformations towards a lifestyle and an economy that respect the planetary boundaries can succeed?

Prof. Dr. Insa Theesfeld, President-Elect of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) and Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, will be moderating the discussion.

The book is open-access and you can download an electronic version or purchase a hard copy of it here.

When: Wednesday | 15 May 2019 | 7 pm

Where: Literaturhaus im Kunstforum der Saalesparkasse, Bernburger Straße 8 I Halle (Saale), Germany

Entrance is free