David Bollier

For the past twenty-five years, David Bollier has been an American activist, scholar, and blogger focused on the commons as a new paradigm for re-imagining economics, politics, and culture. The Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics since 2016, Bollier speaks and frequently collaborates internationally with many commons scholars, activists, policy experts, and brilliant irregulars.

Bollier’s blog Bollier.org and his monthly podcast Frontiers of Commoning, are popular sources of news and commentary about the commons. He has written or edited more than ten books on various aspects of the commons, including The Commoner’s Catalog for Changemaking (2021) and Think Like a Commoner (2014 and revised, updated edition in 2025). With his long-time collaborator Silke Helfrich, Bollier co-authored Free, Fair and Alive (2019) and co-edited Patterns of Commoning (2015) and The Wealth of the Commons (2012). He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.


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