David Bollier

Commons Strategies Group: Founder

David Bollier is Director of the Schumacher Center’s Reinventing the Commons Program. He is an American activist, author, and blogger whose work focuses on the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics, and culture.


Bollier’s work at Schumacher Center draws on his experiences as co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, an international advocacy/consulting project (2009-present), and as founding editor of Onthecommons.org (2002-2010).  He has co-organized a wide variety of pioneering international conferences on the commons, strategy workshops, seminars, and public events, especially in Europe.


In his prior work lives, Bollier was co-founder and board member (2001-2011) of Public Knowledge, a Washington policy advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the information commons.  He also spent many years in various policy positions in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s and 1980s, working for a Member of Congress, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, People for the American Way, and Ralph Nader.  For many years, Bollier was also Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.


Bollier blogs at Bollier.org and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, a place that knows a lot about commoning and inspires a passionate hometown loyalty.


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Urban Tech Analyses from 10.11.2017

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