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November 2002, the Prestige oil tanker accident on the Galician coast near the Portuguese border caused a huge black tide, which ran from the north of Portugal to Vendée in France. I volunteered in the operation of cleaning and rehabilitating oiled birds on the affected Portuguese beaches. Coming home after a long day, I found myself faced with a bill to pay in the thousands for restoration works in my condominium. I realised that majority of this amount was for the restoration of windows that were not part of my home. Thoroughly puzzled, I began to study the legal features of living in a condominium. The more I read the more it became evident that the windows in question were co-owned by all my neighbors that inhabit the condominium. We all had a similar bill and a shared responsibility. This was my moment of epiphany. A global system perspective with personal context literally at my doorstep.
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    Dealing with the national effects of a transboundary black tide and my responsibilities living in a shared property brought clarity in perceiving Planet Earth as mankind’s condominium. It was the moment that redefined the concept of common property; individual and shared responsibility; the complexity and laws of living in a condominium; and, most importantly the powerful potential of this model to re-frame the understanding of ownership and responsibility. Such clarity could make possible, what so far, in global environmental dialogues, is still considerably challenging and near "impossible". This marked the birth of the Common Home of Humanity. Today the concept of the planetary condominium is taught, studied and researched in academia, it has captured the interest, and has become an integral part of the dialogue and work of renowned local, national and global institutions. I am equally honored and pleased to announce that under the patronage and endowment of the Government of Portugal, the Common Home of Humanity is headquartered in “Port of Gaïa”- after which “ Portugal” is named. This is of great significance to me as it takes inspiration from both the Greek Goddess of Earth, “Gaïa” and the poignant work of James Lovelock who used the name “Gaïa” to conceptualise the Earth System. My efforts to bring this perspective, born of my personal experience, to mainstream thinking have come far, not only because of the continued, unwavering support of my peers and colleagues but also because I truly believe that knowing that we are residents of the planetary condominium resonates amongst us all personally. The construction of the Common Home Humanity is a civilization journey. When the possibility of coexistence of two overlapping legal regimes in the same physical space - the condominium - and the infinite possibilities opened by such coexistence came across, the journey started and it was clear that building knowledge and validating the possible solutions was going to require contributions from all fields of expertise. The planetary condominium presents an opportunity to reconfigure our working models to involve everyone and everybody - not just the academic elite - to know their part and to play their part, as we all work to preserve the common heritage of humankind- the Common Home of Humanity. Paulo Magalhães Founder, Common Home of Humanity
Meet the team
Paulo Magalhães Founder Alessandro Galli International Coordinator and Scientific Advisor Leena Iyengar Strategy Advisor Jennifer Mitchell Business Development Advisor Maria José Leite Communications Advisor Paulo Pinho Communications Advisor
Miguel Osório Communications Advisor Gemma Parkes Communications Advisor
Governance
Paulo Magalhães Founder and Executive Board Chair Nathalie Meusy Executive Board Co-Chair Fernando Rodrigues Pereira Executive Board member Francisco Ferreira Executive Board member Alessandro Galli Executive Board member Will Steffen CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Klaus Bosselmann CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Scientific Advisors: Legal Advisors:

Orfeu Bertolami

Catherine Downie

Sandra Enteirico

Kate Mayer

Clóvis Matos

Iva Miranda Pires

Sara Moreno Pires

Federico Maria Pulselli

Katherine Richardson

Kul Chandra Gautan

Viriato Soromenho-Marques

Prue Taylor

Alexandra Aragao

Ana Barreira

Marta Chantal

Raquel Guimarães

Helena Mota

Resources
SOS Treaty - The Safe Operating Space Treaty A New Approach to Managing Our Use of the Earth System
Book Description It is clear that international law is not yet equipped to handle the “ecological goods and services” that exist simultaneously within and outside of all states. The global commons have always been understood as geographical spaces that exist only outside the political borders of states. A vital good such as a stable climate exists both within and outside all states, and shows traditional legal approaches to be ecological nonsense. With the recent possibility of measuring and monitoring the state and functioning of the Earth System through the Planetary Boundaries framework, it is now possible to define a “Safe Operating Space of Humankind” corresponding to a biogeophysical state of Earth. In this sense, the Common Home of Humanity is not a planet with 510 million square kilometres, but is a specific favourable state of the Earth System. Recent major scientific advances anticipate a legal paradigm shift that could overcome the disconnection between ecological realities and existing legal frameworks. If we recognize this qualitative and non-geographic space as a Common Natural Intangible Heritage of Humankind, all positive and negative “externalities” end up being included within a new maintenance system of the Common Home.
Common Home of Humanity A blue print for global governance
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    Dealing with the national effects of a transboundary black tide and my responsibilities living in a shared property brought clarity in perceiving Planet Earth as mankind’s condominium. It was the moment that redefined the concept of common property; individual and shared responsibility; the complexity and laws of living in a condominium; and, most importantly the powerful potential of this model to re-frame the understanding of ownership and responsibility. Such clarity could make possible, what so far, in global environmental dialogues, is still considerably challenging and near "impossible". This marked the birth of the Common Home of Humanity. Today the concept of the planetary condominium is taught, studied and researched in academia, it has captured the interest, and has become an integral part of the dialogue and work of renowned local, national and global institutions. I am equally honored and pleased to announce that under the patronage and endowment of the Government of Portugal, the Common Home of Humanity is headquartered in “Port of Gaïa”- after which “ Portugal” is named. This is of great significance to me as it takes inspiration from both the Greek Goddess of Earth, “Gaïa” and the poignant work of James Lovelock who used the name “Gaïa” to conceptualise the Earth System. My efforts to bring this perspective, born of my personal experience, to mainstream thinking have come far, not only because of the continued, unwavering support of my peers and colleagues but also because I truly believe that knowing that we are residents of the planetary condominium resonates amongst us all personally. The construction of the Common Home Humanity is a civilization journey. When the possibility of coexistence of two overlapping legal regimes in the same physical space - the condominium - and the infinite possibilities opened by such coexistence came across, the journey started and it was clear that building knowledge and validating the possible solutions was going to require contributions from all fields of expertise. The planetary condominium presents an opportunity to reconfigure our working models to involve everyone and everybody - not just the academic elite - to know their part and to play their part, as we all work to preserve the common heritage of humankind- the Common Home of Humanity. Paulo Magalhães Founder, Common Home of Humanity
Meet the team
Paulo Magalhães Founder Alessandro Galli International Coordinator and Scientific Advisor Leena Iyengar Strategy Advisor Jennifer Mitchell Business Development Advisor Maria José Leite Communications Advisor Paulo Pinho Communications Advisor
Miguel Osório Communications Advisor Gemma Parkes Communications Advisor
Governance
Paulo Magalhães Founder and Executive Board Chair Nathalie Meusy Executive Board Co-Chair Fernando Rodrigues Pereira Executive Board member Francisco Ferreira Executive Board member Alessandro Galli Executive Board member Will Steffen CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Klaus Bosselmann CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Scientific Advisors: Legal Advisors:
Resources
Common Home of Humanity A blue print for global governance
History
  • Read more...
    Dealing with the national effects of a transboundary black tide and my responsibilities living in a shared property brought clarity in perceiving Planet Earth as mankind’s condominium. It was the moment that redefined the concept of common property; individual and shared responsibility; the complexity and laws of living in a condominium; and, most importantly the powerful potential of this model to re-frame the understanding of ownership and responsibility. Such clarity could make possible, what so far, in global environmental dialogues, is still considerably challenging and near "impossible". This marked the birth of the Common Home of Humanity. Today the concept of the planetary condominium is taught, studied and researched in academia, it has captured the interest, and has become an integral part of the dialogue and work of renowned local, national and global institutions. I am equally honored and pleased to announce that under the patronage and endowment of the Government of Portugal, the Common Home of Humanity is headquartered in “Port of Gaïa”- after which “ Portugal” is named. This is of great significance to me as it takes inspiration from both the Greek Goddess of Earth, “Gaïa” and the poignant work of James Lovelock who used the name “Gaïa” to conceptualise the Earth System. My efforts to bring this perspective, born of my personal experience, to mainstream thinking have come far, not only because of the continued, unwavering support of my peers and colleagues but also because I truly believe that knowing that we are residents of the planetary condominium resonates amongst us all personally. The construction of the Common Home Humanity is a civilization journey. When the possibility of coexistence of two overlapping legal regimes in the same physical space - the condominium - and the infinite possibilities opened by such coexistence came across, the journey started and it was clear that building knowledge and validating the possible solutions was going to require contributions from all fields of expertise. The planetary condominium presents an opportunity to reconfigure our working models to involve everyone and everybody - not just the academic elite - to know their part and to play their part, as we all work to preserve the common heritage of humankind- the Common Home of Humanity. Paulo Magalhães Founder, Common Home of Humanity
Meet the team
Paulo Magalhães Founder Alessandro Galli International Coordinator and Scientific Advisor Leena Iyengar Strategy Advisor Jennifer Mitchell Business Development Advisor Maria José Leite Communications Advisor Paulo Pinho Communications Advisor
Miguel Osório Communications Advisor Gemma Parkes Communications Advisor
Governance
Paulo Magalhães Founder and Executive Board Chair Nathalie Meusy Executive Board Co-Chair Fernando Rodrigues Pereira Executive Board member Francisco Ferreira Executive Board member Alessandro Galli Executive Board member Will Steffen CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Klaus Bosselmann CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Scientific Advisors: Legal Advisors:
Resources
Common Home of Humanity A blue print for global governance
History
  • Read more...
    Dealing with the national effects of a transboundary black tide and my responsibilities living in a shared property brought clarity in perceiving Planet Earth as mankind’s condominium. It was the moment that redefined the concept of common property; individual and shared responsibility; the complexity and laws of living in a condominium; and, most importantly the powerful potential of this model to re-frame the understanding of ownership and responsibility. Such clarity could make possible, what so far, in global environmental dialogues, is still considerably challenging and near "impossible". This marked the birth of the Common Home of Humanity. Today the concept of the planetary condominium is taught, studied and researched in academia, it has captured the interest, and has become an integral part of the dialogue and work of renowned local, national and global institutions. I am equally honored and pleased to announce that under the patronage and endowment of the Government of Portugal, the Common Home of Humanity is headquartered in “Port of Gaïa”- after which “ Portugal” is named. This is of great significance to me as it takes inspiration from both the Greek Goddess of Earth, “Gaïa” and the poignant work of James Lovelock who used the name “Gaïa” to conceptualise the Earth System. My efforts to bring this perspective, born of my personal experience, to mainstream thinking have come far, not only because of the continued, unwavering support of my peers and colleagues but also because I truly believe that knowing that we are residents of the planetary condominium resonates amongst us all personally. The construction of the Common Home Humanity is a civilization journey. When the possibility of coexistence of two overlapping legal regimes in the same physical space - the condominium - and the infinite possibilities opened by such coexistence came across, the journey started and it was clear that building knowledge and validating the possible solutions was going to require contributions from all fields of expertise. The planetary condominium presents an opportunity to reconfigure our working models to involve everyone and everybody - not just the academic elite - to know their part and to play their part, as we all work to preserve the common heritage of humankind- the Common Home of Humanity. Paulo Magalhães Founder, Common Home of Humanity
Meet the team
Paulo Magalhães Founder Alessandro Galli International Coordinator and Scientific Advisor Leena Iyengar Strategy Advisor Jennifer Mitchell Business Development Advisor Maria José Leite Communications Advisor Paulo Pinho Communications Advisor
Miguel Osório Communications Advisor Gemma Parkes Communications Advisor
Governance
Paulo Magalhães Founder and Executive Board Chair Nathalie Meusy Executive Board Co-Chair Fernando Rodrigues Pereira Executive Board member Francisco Ferreira Executive Board member Alessandro Galli Executive Board member Will Steffen CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Klaus Bosselmann CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Scientific Advisors: Legal Advisors:
Resources
Common Home of Humanity A blue print for global governance
History
  • Read more...
    Dealing with the national effects of a transboundary black tide and my responsibilities living in a shared property brought clarity in perceiving Planet Earth as mankind’s condominium. It was the moment that redefined the concept of common property; individual and shared responsibility; the complexity and laws of living in a condominium; and, most importantly the powerful potential of this model to re-frame the understanding of ownership and responsibility. Such clarity could make possible, what so far, in global environmental dialogues, is still considerably challenging and near "impossible". This marked the birth of the Common Home of Humanity. Today the concept of the planetary condominium is taught, studied and researched in academia, it has captured the interest, and has become an integral part of the dialogue and work of renowned local, national and global institutions. I am equally honored and pleased to announce that under the patronage and endowment of the Government of Portugal, the Common Home of Humanity is headquartered in “Port of Gaïa”- after which “ Portugal” is named. This is of great significance to me as it takes inspiration from both the Greek Goddess of Earth, “Gaïa” and the poignant work of James Lovelock who used the name “Gaïa” to conceptualise the Earth System. My efforts to bring this perspective, born of my personal experience, to mainstream thinking have come far, not only because of the continued, unwavering support of my peers and colleagues but also because I truly believe that knowing that we are residents of the planetary condominium resonates amongst us all personally. The construction of the Common Home Humanity is a civilization journey. When the possibility of coexistence of two overlapping legal regimes in the same physical space - the condominium - and the infinite possibilities opened by such coexistence came across, the journey started and it was clear that building knowledge and validating the possible solutions was going to require contributions from all fields of expertise. The planetary condominium presents an opportunity to reconfigure our working models to involve everyone and everybody - not just the academic elite - to know their part and to play their part, as we all work to preserve the common heritage of humankind- the Common Home of Humanity. Paulo Magalhães Founder, Common Home of Humanity
Meet the team
Paulo Magalhães Founder Alessandro Galli International Coordinator and Scientific Advisor Leena Iyengar Strategy Advisor Jennifer Mitchell Business Development Advisor Maria José Leite Communications Advisor Paulo Pinho Communications Advisor Miguel Osório Communications Advisor
Gemma Parkes Communications Advisor Governance
Paulo Magalhães Founder and Executive Board Chair Nathalie Meusy Executive Board Co-Chair Fernando Rodrigues Pereira Executive Board member Francisco Ferreira Executive Board member Alessandro Galli Executive Board member Will Steffen CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Klaus Bosselmann CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair Scientific Advisors: Legal Advisors:
Resources
Common Home of Humanity A blue print for global governance
History
  • Read more...
    Dealing with the national effects of a transboundary black tide and my responsibilities living in a shared property brought clarity in perceiving Planet Earth as mankind’s condominium. It was the moment that redefined the concept of common property; individual and shared responsibility; the complexity and laws of living in a condominium; and, most importantly the powerful potential of this model to re-frame the understanding of ownership and responsibility. Such clarity could make possible, what so far, in global environmental dialogues, is still considerably challenging and near "impossible". This marked the birth of the Common Home of Humanity. Today the concept of the planetary condominium is taught, studied and researched in academia, it has captured the interest, and has become an integral part of the dialogue and work of renowned local, national and global institutions. I am equally honored and pleased to announce that under the patronage and endowment of the Government of Portugal, the Common Home of Humanity is headquartered in “Port of Gaïa”- after which “ Portugal” is named. This is of great significance to me as it takes inspiration from both the Greek Goddess of Earth, “Gaïa” and the poignant work of James Lovelock who used the name “Gaïa” to conceptualise the Earth System. My efforts to bring this perspective, born of my personal experience, to mainstream thinking have come far, not only because of the continued, unwavering support of my peers and colleagues but also because I truly believe that knowing that we are residents of the planetary condominium resonates amongst us all personally. The construction of the Common Home Humanity is a civilization journey. When the possibility of coexistence of two overlapping legal regimes in the same physical space - the condominium - and the infinite possibilities opened by such coexistence came across, the journey started and it was clear that building knowledge and validating the possible solutions was going to require contributions from all fields of expertise. The planetary condominium presents an opportunity to reconfigure our working models to involve everyone and everybody - not just the academic elite - to know their part and to play their part, as we all work to preserve the common heritage of humankind- the Common Home of Humanity. Paulo Magalhães Founder, Common Home of Humanity
Meet the team
Paulo Magalhães Founder Alessandro Galli International Coordinator and Scientific Advisor Leena Iyengar Strategy Advisor Jennifer Mitchell Business Development Advisor Maria José Leite Communications Advisor Paulo Pinho Communications Advisor Miguel Osório Communications Advisor
Gemma Parkes Communications Advisor Governance
Paulo Magalhães Founder and Executive Board Chair Nathalie Meusy Executive Board Co-Chair Fernando Rodrigues Pereira Executive Board member Francisco Ferreira Executive Board member Alessandro Galli Executive Board member Will Steffen CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Klaus Bosselmann CHH Scientific Committee Co-Chair Scientific Advisors: Legal Advisors:
Resources
Common Home of Humanity A blue print for global governance