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Mine! How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives
(90-minute webinar)

Mine! is one of the first words children learn. By the time we grow up, the idea of ownership seems natural, whether buying a cup of coffee or a house. But who controls the space behind your airplane seat: you reclining or the squished laptop user behind? Why does HBO let viewers steal their content by illegally sharing passwords? And after a snowstorm, why does a chair in the street hold your parking space in Chicago, but in New York you lose the space and the chair?

Mine! explains these puzzles and many more. Surprisingly, there are just six simple stories that everyone uses to claim everything. Owners choose the story that steers us to do what they want. But don’t be fooled. We can always pick a different story. This is true not just for airplane seats, HBO passwords, and parking chairs, but also for battles over digital privacy, climate change, and wealth inequality. With stories that are eye-opening, mind-bending, and sometimes infuriating, Mine! reveals the rules of ownership that secretly control our lives.

Feb 22, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jim Salzman
Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law @UCLA School of Law and at the School of the Environment at UC Santa Barbara
Jim Salzman, Yale College Class of 1985, is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at the UCLA School of Law and at the School of the Environment at UC Santa Barbara. An international expert on drinking water, he frequently appears as a media commentator and has lectured on every continent except Antarctica. He has taught at Yale, Stanford, Duke, and Harvard as well as at universities in Australia, China, Israel, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. In nine books and more than ninety articles and book chapters, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics ranging from water to wildlife, from climate change to creating markets for ecosystems.