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David Bollier

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David Bollier
David Bollier, 2007
David Bollier, 2007
Occupationactivist, writer, and policy strategist

David Bollier is an American activist, writer, and blogger who is focused on the commons as a paradigm for re-imagining economics, politics, and culture.[1] He is a director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, and is co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group,[2] an international advocacy project.



Bollier was founding editor of On the Commons (2003-2010), and now blogs at his own website. Bollier calls his work “exploring the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.”[3]

Bollier co-founded the Public Knowledge group in 2002 and served as a board member until 2010. He was awarded the 2012 Bosch Berlin Prize in Public Policy at the American Academy in Berlin.[4] He collaborated with television writer/producer Norman Lear from 1985 to 2010 on political and public affairs projects, and worked with Ralph Nader in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


  • The Commoner's Catalog for Changemaking: Tools for the Transitions Ahead (Schumacher Center for a New Economics, 2021)
  • The Great Awakening: New Modes of Life Amidst Capitalist Ruins, (with co-editor Anna Grear) (Punctum Books, 2020)
  • Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons (with co-author Silke Helfrich) (New Society Publishers, 2019, ISBN 978-0865719217)
  • Patterns of Commoning (with co-author Silke Helfrich) (Off the Common Books, 2015)
  • From Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond: The Quest for Identity and Autonomy in a Digital Society (with co-editor John H. Clippinger) (ID3 and Off the Common Books, 2014)
  • Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons" (New Society Publishers), 2014) [1]
  • Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Law of the Commons" (with co-author Burns H. Weston) (Cambridge University Press), 2012) [2]
  • The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State" (with co-editor Silke Helfrich) (Levellers Press, 2012) [3]
  • Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (New Press, 2009) [4]
  • Ready to Share: Fashion and the Ownership of Creativity (Lear Center Press, 2006)[5] Archived 2009-09-15 at the Wayback Machine
  • Brand Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) [6]
  • Sophisticated Sabotage: The Intellectual Games Used to Subvert Responsible Regulation (with Thomas McGarity and Sidney Shapiro; Environmental Law Institute, 2004)
  • Artists, Technology and the Ownership of Creative Content (Norman Lear Center, 2003)[7][permanent dead link]
  • Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth (Routledge, 2002) [8]
  • Aiming Higher: 25 Stories of How Companies Prosper by Combining Sound Management and Social Vision. (AMACOM, 1996)
  • The Great Hartford Circus Fire: Creative Settlement of Mass Disasters (Yale University Press, 1991)
  • Crusaders & Criminals, Victims & Visionaries: Historic Encounters Between Connecticut Citizens and the United States Supreme Court (Connecticut Attorney General, 1986)


  1. ^ "Reclaiming the Commons". Boston Review. 2002. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  2. ^ "David Bollier". Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  3. ^ David Bollier: About.
  4. ^ American Academy in Berlin: Berlin Prize Fellows. Archived 2013-10-17 at the Wayback Machine