David Bollier - Rapporteur, Participant

David Bollier is an author, activist, independent scholar and blogger well-known for his work on the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.  He pursues this scholarship and activism as Cofounder of the Commons Strategies Group, an international advocacy/consulting project.  Bollier has written or edited eight books on the commons, including Think Like a Commoner (now translated into seven languages) and Green Governance as well as two anthologies co-edited with Silke Helfrich, The Wealth of the Commons and Patterns of Commoning. His blog, Bollier.org, is widely read internationally for its news and perspectives on the commons.

Bollier spent many years in various policy positions in Washington, D.C. – in Congress, the auto safety agency, with Ralph Nader, and others – in the 1970s and 1980s.  In 2001 he cofounded Public Knowledge, a Washington advocacy organization for the public’s stake in the Internet and copyright policy.  For twenty-five years, until 2010, Bollier collaborated with television producer Norman Lear on a wide variety of non-television public affairs and political projects, and he has been a rapporteur for Aspen Institute Communications and Society conferences for more than thirty years.  Bollier lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.



Commons Strategies Group


Independent Journalist and Scholar-Activist

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