This page is meant as an overview for "provocations" -- what are the conceptual challenges for generative justice in theory and practice, and how might generative justice help us address some current challenges? Discussion is available at!forum/generative-justice

1) Open source is a powerful strategy for public sharing of grass-roots generated code, artwork, processes and other things of value. But many indigenous groups -- the traditional, small-scales societies of native Americans, pacific islanders, rural Africans, etc.-- have certain kinds of knowledge that are not to be made available without restriction; and even things to be shared need to be done so in a respectful manner. How might a concept of generative justice shed light on that contradiction? See for example

2) Social entrepreneurship is an exciting new means to bring about social change using the power of the market. But free-market capitalism is also a source of many social and environmental disasters. How might generative justice help us differentiate between the kinds of social entrepreneurship that can liberate us, and capitalist practices that are simply "green-washing" their appearance while carrying out the same old exploitative practices?
A typical response from business: "heck, there is no difference":
A typical response from activists: "heck, that's why social entrepreneurship is a sham":

3) In the US (and many other places) the government's top-down authority is used to protect the rights of vulnerable citizens, guard against environmental pollution, and perform other acts of distributive justice. Generative justice has the potential to undermine such efforts, encouraging the myth that oppression and exploitation can be done away with just by removing government and letting things happen "bottom up." In the case of open source software, the generative justice of bottom-up value circulation was only made possible by legal innovations such as creative commons, which created a way to mesh the top-down system of federal adjudication with bottom-up freedom of source code sharing. How might this serve as a model for other ways of allowing generative justice and distributive justice to seek mutual collaboration?