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Commons Strategies

A wide number of new strategies exist for assuring that the commons, in its many forms, is protected and enhanced over time. Some involve government and law, others depend on informal governance and social sanctions, while still others work with market mechanisms and other hybrid models.

An Invitation to Join the Commons Network

September 12, 2012 | by On the Commons Team

If you care about what we share in common, read this invitation

At Last, A New Story for the Future

December 12, 2011 | by Jay Walljasper

Bill McKibben's introduction to OTC's book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons

Our New eBook: Sharing Revolution

March 18, 2014 | By Jessica Conrad

Download our new guide to the essential economics of the commons

How We Turned the Tide on Climate Change

February 8, 2014 | By Arlene Goldbard

Excerpt from a new novel "The Wave", chronicling the rise of a movement beginning soon

Enliven Public Spaces in 5 Easy Steps

January 14, 2014 | By Max Musicant

Common sense advice for improving your favorite place

The Story of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom

January 10, 2014 | By Jay Walljasper

Barbara Allen, a longtime student and friend with access to their personal papers, chronicles the Ostroms' life and work in a new film

Five Lessons About the Commons

January 6, 2014 |

...which filmmaker Barbara Allen draws from the work of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom for her new film about them

Our Commons. Are you in?

December 23, 2013 | By On the Commons Team

Take a moment to recognize the gift of our commons [VIDEO]

Actual World, Possible Future

December 16, 2013 |

Barbara Allen's film about the lives and work of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom

The Cultural Commons Lies Hidden in Plain Sight

December 13, 2013 | By Arlene Goldbard

How we can be midwives to a huge shift in creativity, connection and citizenship

A New Way to Make Housing Affordable for Nonprofit Workers

December 2, 2013 | By Jessica Conrad

Foundation House in San Francisco experiments with a commons-based housing model

Why Peer Production Thrives in the Field of Theater Arts

November 18, 2013 | By Jessica Conrad

Using Internet-enabled networks, HowlRound creates a knowledge commons for the benefit of all

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