Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

A Timely Idea: Working Citizens

Posted Aug 25, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

How interesting, when one thinks about it, how we in the West have separated the spheres of working and the sphere of citizenship.  For much of the Classical tradition, only those who had leisure time had time for civic engagement.  For most of the modern period, commercial or property relations, not civic relations, have defined relationships at work.   That may seem quite natural to many, since they have accepted this design as the way things are.  The problem, however, is that if the design of work is to be adequate for our current global issues, we need civic conversations in many different spheres, including the worlds of work, to create the new social designs our time demands of us.

Does it make sense to see the commons as property

Posted Aug 1, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

The International Association for the Study of the Commons provides us a thoughtful answer to this question in justifying and reflecting on their decision in 1996 to change their name from the International Association for the Study of Common Property to the International  Study of the Study of the Commons.  It is all in the December 2006 issue of their Quarterly Publication of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (formerly known as “The Common Property Resource Digest).


Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

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