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On Trusteeship: New Property Rights for Social Wealth

History shows that we cannot rely on government to protect our common wealth. Too often, the government is distracted by competing priorities or it proves to be the handmaiden of corporations. Far better, when we can, to build a system of property rights that holds common wealth in trust for future generations and shares its benefits fairly in the present. Peter Barnes will explain how a system of commons trusts could both protect nature and diminish inequality among Americans.

Peter Barnes is the author of Who Owns The Sky? Our Common Assets and the Future of Capitalism (Island Press, 2001) and Capitalism 3.0: Fixing Our Economy’s Fatal Flaws (Berrett-Koehler, forthcoming this year). He co-founded Working Assets, the credit card and telephone company that devotes a portion of its sales to progressive causes, and several other socially responsible businesses. He was a reporter for Newsweek and The New Republic, and a director of Greenpeace International. Currently he is a senior fellow at the Tomales Bay Institute in Point Reyes Station, California.View Lecture Video (Real Player)

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