Maxine Gunther-Segal is a Researcher and Writer at the Schumacher Center. She is working with David Bollier to create a federated wiki documenting numerous commoning projects worldwide, which will act as a comprehensive and accessible reference for commons scholars and practitioners as well as the larger public.
Maxine is a senior undergraduate student majoring in sociology and concentrating in climate change at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Her studies focus on the relationship between climate and migration. She has engaged in climate justice organizing and activism as a member of the Sunrise Movement’s Western Mass Coalition as well as with the Massachusetts Sierra Club. Maxine’s previous commons-related work includes co-organizing the first World Commons Week, a week-long global conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. As a research intern with Verité, an Amherst, MA-based organization dedicated to eradicating serious labor rights violations in global supply chains, Maxine gained insight into the relationship between forced labor and forest commons in Mexico, Mozambique, and Myanmar.