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David Bollier - Rapporteur, Participant

David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and independent scholar with a primary focus on the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.  He pursues this work primarily as co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, a consulting project that assists the international commons movement; and as co-director of the Commons Law Project, which is seeking to regenerate the legal traditions for protecting the commons.  Bollier is also Editor of the Institute for Data-Driven Design, ID3, a Boston-based research nonprofit that is helping design new digital institutions to empower individuals to assert greater control over their data, online identities and authentication.

After many years in public policy debates involving copyright law, Internet and telecommunications policies, Bollier co-founded Public Knowledge, a Washington advocacy organization for the public’s stake in the Internet, telecom and copyright policy, in 2001.  From 1985 to 2010, Bollier collaborated with television producer/writer Norman Lear in a variety of non-television related public affairs and political projects.  He has been a Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism since 2002.

Bollier has written or edited thirteen books, including the forthcoming A Short Introduction to the Commons (2014); Green Governance:  Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons (2013, co-authored with Burns Weston); and an anthology of essays, The Wealth of the Commons:  A World Beyond Market and State (2012, co-edited with Silke Helfrich).  Bollier’s previous books include Viral Spiral:  How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (2009); Brand Name Bullies:  The Quest to Own and Control Culture (2005); and Silent Theft:  The Private Plunder of Our Commons Wealth (2002).  Bollier blogs at, and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife Ellen.



Common Strategies Group


Independent Journalist and Scholar-Activist