- Susan Quinn, ELEANOR AND HICK & Naomi Oreskes, THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
- Overpopulation: Ecological Elephant In The Room?
- Naomi Oreskes, THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION & Dr. James Hansen, STORMS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN
- Paul Ehrlich, HOPE ON EARTH & Ryan Mitchell, TINY HOUSE LIVING
- Elizabeth Kolbert, THE SIXTH EXTINCTION & Annalee Newitz, SCATTER, ADAPT AND REMEMBER
- Boris Fishman, A REPLACEMENT LIFE & John Cushman, KEYSTONE AND BEYOND
- John Cushman of Inside Climate News: Keystone XL Pipeline
- Ruth Thomas-Suh, REJECT, Herbert Thomas, THE SHAME RESPONSE TO REJECTION & John Cushman on KXL
- Alan Weisman, COUNTDOWN
- David Bollier on The Commons: GREEN GOVERNANCE & VIRAL SPIRAL
- Richard Heinberg, SNAKE OIL & Bill McKibben, OIL AND HONEY
- Brian Fagan, THE ATTACKING OCEAN & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
- James Hoggan, I’M RIGHT AND YOU’RE AN IDIOT & David Bollier, FREE, FAIR AND ALIVE
- Paolo Bacigalupe (encore), Susan Rockefeller, MISSION OF MERMAIDS & Jason Chin, ISLAND
- Barbara Kingsolver, FLIGHT BEHAVIOR & James Howard Kunstler TOO MUCH MAGIC
- Richard Zacks, ISLAND OF VICE & Stan Cox, LOSING OUR COOL
- Jonathan Koomey, COLD CASH, COOL CLIMATE & Philip Warburg, HARVEST THE WIND
- Philip Warburg, HARVEST THE WIND
- William deBuys, A GREAT ARIDNESS & Dave Gardner, GROWTHBUSTERS
- Will Potter, GREEN IS THE NEW RED & David Gessner, MY GREEN MANIFESTO
- John Elder Robison, BE DIFFERENT & Tony Sorgi, The New Earth Archive
- Amy Seidl, FINDING HIGHER GROUND & Matthew Stein, WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
- Jim Motavalli, HIGH VOLTAGE & James Hoggan, CLIMATE COVER-UP
- John Michael Greer, APOCALYPSE NOT & Richard Heinberg, THE END OF GROWTH
- James Workman, HEART OF DRYNESS & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
We talk with David Bollier about the new book he co-authored with Silke Helfrich, Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons.
But first, we tackle the toxic state public discourse and how to clean it up. We talk with James Hoggan about the new edition of his book, I’m Right and You’re An Idiot.
Has the toxic state of political conversation gotten you down? Are you at a loss to talk with your neighbor, friend or family member who holds political views diametrically opposed to your own? Well, help is on the way!
In the second (and post-Trump election) edition of his book I’m Right and You’re An Idiot, James Hoggan shows how you can become a more effective and powerful communicator in today’s highly polarized and polluted public square.
The book explores why facts alone fail to convince and why dialogue, empathy, and reframing arguments in a pluralistic way are better at moving understanding forward and changing minds.
Jim Hoggan is a public relations expert and the founder of the award-winning blog DeSmog Blog, which debunks climate skepticism and denial. We last spoke with him in 2009 about his book Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.
David Bollier has been a guest on Writers Voice quite a few times over the years. We first talked with him about his book about the corporate misuse of copyright law, Brand Name Bullies.
But over the last ten or so years, he’s been working on a world-reshaping project, helping to create a global community of the Commons, based in “a politics of belonging, an economics of sufficiency and a culture of sharing,” as he writes.
Bollier and his collaborator, German scholar and activist, Silke Helfrich, co-wrote the anthologies Wealth of the Commons and Patterns of Commoning. Those books explored the myriad projects throughout the world where people have come together — online, in urban and rural communities, in fisheries and forests — to build collective wealth.
Now, Bollier and Helfrich have come out with a new book, Free, Fair and Alive, that develops a comprehensive vision of the commons, with principles and examples to help put it into practice.
It’s really about a shift to a whole new world view (new, at least to Western capitalist thinking. It’s been part of the indigenous world view and indeed human history for millennia.) But in Free, Fair and Alive, Bollier and Helfrich show how to get to a better world that is possible from where we are today.