How The Commons Ecosystem can Save Local Economies

How an understanding of the commons can enable a healthier society?

In this powerful and positive talk for The Gaia Foundation, George Monbiot brings to life his new book, Out of the Wreckage – A New Politics for an Age of Crisis.

George explains how a toxic ideology of extreme competition and individualism not only rules the world, but misrepresents human nature, thereby destroying hope and common purpose whilst fracturing communities and the ecosystems upon which we all depend. He argues that only a positive vision can replace it; a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better world, and a more respectful relationship with our beautiful planet.

George explore new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as the supreme altruists and cooperators. He shows how we can build on these findings to create a new politics: a ‘politics of belonging’, and a politics which has community, reciprocity and respect for all species at its heart. Both democracy and economic life can be radically reorganised from the bottom up, enabling us to take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions for a better society and better stewardship of the Earth.

George provides a thrilling and positive vision, and the hope and clarity required to change the world.

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This was filmed in Heath Street Baptist Church, North London by Ben Gray for The Gaia Foundation. 23rd November 2017.