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Commons Magazine is your gateway to the latest thinking and action in the commons movement. We pay close attention to how communities around the world are discovering the commons as a way to solve problems and to share what belong to all of us equitably – including future generations. You’ll find profiles of everyday people making a difference, groundbreaking ideas that will prove useful in your own life, as well as current news examined in fresh ways through a commons lens.

April 2014 Edition

"The Wealth of Nations"

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Mike Rollin

Parks Are Crucial for Children & Other Living Things

Imagine growing up without playgrounds, ballfields and picnics

Stop, Thief!

Hisotrian Peter Linebaugh on commoning and our rich tradition of resistance to attacks on the commons

"Why Are We?"

Poet Crystal Williams talks with Camille Gage about her work, beauty & Detroit

How to Revive Low-Income Neighborhoods

Tap the power of local commons-based institutions like hospitals and colleges

How to Revive Low-Income Neighborhoods

Tap the power of local commons-based institutions like hospitals and colleges

March 2014 Edition

Why Do I Work So Hard?

Two starkly different visions of life's meaning from a pair of car ads

How Sharing Can Shift the Spirit of the Times

Shareable magazine co-founder Neal Gorenflo says the sharing economy will help us create the kind of future we want to live in

Deep Sharing

How the commons amplifies the sharing economy

Our New eBook: Sharing Revolution

Download our new guide to the essential economics of the commons

Joseph Sax (1936-2014)

A pioneering scholar of environmental law and champion of the public trust doctrine

Crimea Crisis: What the Media is Not Telling You

National autonomy is commonplace in today's world, but Crimeans are not being given that choice

UK Officially Recognizes Pubs as "Assets" With Importance Beyond their Market Value

A victory for the idea that communities matter more than investors

Lessons to Learn From Finland’s Top-Ranked Schools

Value Teachers, Customize Learning for Students, Let Teachers Shape Curriculum & Policies

You Don't Have to Be a Karate Champ to Prevent Street Crime

The old wisdom that lively neighborhoods are safe neighborhoods is still true

How Cities Can Share for the Benefit of Their Citizens

Jennifer Bradley chronicles this sea change in her new book "The Metropolitan Revolution"


An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Rumit Pancholi

February 2014 Edition

Victor Alvarado Champions Both Nature and the Poor

Environment Secretary of Mexico's Veracruzs state focuses on links between healthy ecosystems and healthy communities

Making the Most of the Commons All Around Us

Robert Ogilvie Champions Schools and Other Underused Public Spaces as Gathering Spots

Think Like A Commoner

Local identity connects to the commons, says David Bollier in an excerpt from his new book

When It Comes to Public Services, Government Knows Best

Across the US, communities discover privatization delivers inferior services at higher prices

A Whole World of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

The School of Open helps us navigate the immense resources of on-line learning