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Steering Committee

David Bollier is a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he heads the Creativity, Commerce and Culture project. In recent years, he has concentrated on developing a new analysis and language for reclaiming the commons, a project begun with his book, Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth (Routledge, 2002). He continues that effort through Web portal,, hosted by the Tomales Bay Institute. He is the co-founder of Public Knowledge, a Washington policy advocacy organization, and the author of Brand-Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). For more on his work, see

James K. Boyce is professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and director of the Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). He is the author of The Political Economy of the Environment (Edward Elgar Publishers, 2002), and co-editor of Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership (Island Press, 2003). For more on his work, see James Boyce's CV.

John de Graaf is the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time, an organization challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada (see and a frequent speaker on college campuses. He is the co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (Berrett-Koehler, 2001/ 2005), and the editor of Take Back Your Time (Berrett-Koehler, 2003). He has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for 24 years, as an independent producer of television documentaries. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in prime time nationally on PBS. His films include ‘Running Out of Time,’ ‘Escape from Affluenza,’ ‘It’s Up To Us: The Giraffe Project,’ and most recently, ‘The Motherhood Manifesto.’

Nancy Folbre is professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory, with a particular focus on care work. She is co-editor of Family Time: The Social Organization of Care (Routledge, 2004), and the author of The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (New Press, 2001) and Who Pays for the Kids: Gender and The Structures of Constraint (Routledge, 1994). She served as co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on the Family and the Economy, and is a recipient of a five-year MacArthur prize. For more on her work, see Nancy Folbre's home page.

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