Book Launch & Potluck: Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good

2014 15 May
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Book Launch & Potluck: Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good

Commoning was a way of life for most of our ancestors. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, author Heather Menzies journeys to her roots in the Scottish Highlands, where her family lived in direct relation with the land since before recorded time.

Beginning with an intimate account of unearthing the heritage of the commons and the real tragedy of its loss, Menzies offers a detailed description of the self-organizing, self-governing and self-informing principles of this nearly forgotten way of life, including its spiritual practices and traditions. She then identifies pivotal commons practices that could be usefully revived today. A final 'manifesto' section pulls these facets together into a unified vision for reclaiming the commons, drawing a number of current popular initiatives into the commons and commoning frame - such as local food security, permaculture and the Occupy Movement.

An engaging memoir of personal and political discovery, Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good combines moving reflections on our common heritage with a contemporary call to action, individually and collectively, locally and globally. Readers will be inspired by the book's vision of reviving the commons ethos of empathy and mutual respect, and energized by her practical suggestions for connecting people and place for the common good.

Author Heather Menzies will be joined by Bill Shields from the West End Well (food) Co-op for a vivid discussion connecting the larger vision of reclaiming the commons with the local, followed by a Q&A.

5:30 pm
Thursday, May 15 2014
Octopus Books centretown
@25One Community (2nd floor, 251 Bank St.)


This event is sponsored by The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, The Canadian Health Coalition, The Council of Canadians, Friends of the Earth & KAIROS Canada.

Please feel free to bring finger-food to share. We will start our event with a potluck!

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About the Author:

Heather Menzies is an award-winning writer and scholar and the author of nine books, including Whose Brave New World? and No Time. She has been awarded an honourary doctorate and the Order of Canada for her "contributions to public discourse." A mother and grandmother, a gardener and social-justice activist, Heather regularly contributes to journals and newspapers, and is in high demand as a speaker, offering a thoughtful critique of our disintegrating social fabric.

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