Shannon Biggs is the director of the Community Rights program at Global Exchange. She recently co-authored two books, Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots (PoliPoint Press), and The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, a project of Council of Canadians, Global Exchange, and Fundacion Pachamama.
Her current work focuses on assisting communities confronted by corporate harms to enact binding laws that place the rights of communities and nature above the claimed legal "rights" of corporations. Over 140 communities across the US have used this new understanding to stop working defensively against corporations and take courageous action to assert their rights to make governing decisions where they live. This very different organizing model stems from a new understanding about the origins of corporate power, developed by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
. She teaches this new framework, known as "rights-based" organizing at weekend long Democracy Schools, taught in San Francisco and in 23 states around the country. She also teaches shorter trainings on both Community Rights and Rights of Nature.
Previously, she was a senior staffer at International Forum on Globalization (IFG), where she organized large international teach-ins and wrote and edited for IFG publications. She also was a Lecturer in International Relations at San Francisco State University.
Shannon holds a Masters in Economics/Politics of Empire the London School of Economics (LSE), and has a BS in International Relations from San Francisco State University (SFSU).
to hear a radio interview with Shannon Biggs and environmental lawyer Thomas Linzey (CELDF) interviewed by Rose Aguilar on KALW's radio program Your Call.
- Community Rights
- Rights of Nature
- Democracy School
- Food sovereignty, climate justice, water rights and other issues in the context of community rights.
- Rights-based organizing as a model for subordinating corporations to local, democratic self-governance by communities.
If you would like to plan a speaking event with Shannon, please email her at shannon [at] globalexchange.org