Reimagining Ownership

A talk exploring alternative models of ownership by the Glasgow Tool Library 

What form the future takes depends on what models of ownership we use to build it. How can we create a society where land, assets, resources, knowledge, and services are owned democratically and used for the common good?

This talk brings together three speakers who are fighting for alternative models of ownership that aim to transform how wealth and power are distributed in our societies, changing how we relate to each other and to the environment.

Dr. Carey Doyle

Carey has spent over 20 years working on questions of equity and social diversity in the built environment, both as a practicing town planner and as an academic researcher. She has recently focused on the nexus of land ownership, community, and power, and is working on land reform in Glasgow. At  Community Land Scotland she is setting up the Community Ownership Hub: Glasgow and Clyde Valley, a pilot project accelerating urban community ownership. Changes in land ownership rights and support through land reform provide the potential for transformative change through bringing privately held land and assets into local democratic control via community ownership.

Thomas M. Hanna

Thomas is Research Director at The Democracy Collaborative and Vice President of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives. Thomas’ areas of expertise include democratic models of ownership and governance, particularly public and cooperative ownership. His most recent publications and research include Ownership Futures, (Common Wealth & The Democracy Collaborative), Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership in the United States (Manchester University Press, 2018), and The Crisis Next Time: Planning for Public Ownership as an Alternative to Corporate Bank Bailouts (Next System Project, 2018). He is currently pursuing a PhD in political economy at the University of Glasgow.

The Democracy Collaborative –

Sabrina Chakori – 

Sabrina founded the Brisbane Tool Library in 2017. The community-driven circular project encourages people to borrow tools and other equipment, with the goal to reduce household consumption. The Brisbane Tool Library is the first and only library of things in Australia to be located within a public library – State Library of Queensland. Sabrina has worked internationally on ecological projects and has written and talked extensively on degrowth economics, the commons, and the circular economy. She is currently finishing an interdisciplinary PhD research that, based on system methods, explores food packaging reduction in food systems within a degrowth economy.

Brisbane Tool Library –