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Economy and Markets

Conventional economic theory fails to account for the pivotal role of the commons in generating and distributing wealth. It is important to understand the limits of individual property rights and pay attention the wide benefits coming from the commons sector of the economy.

Minnesota Governor Floyd Olson was elected on a platform advocating that resources be "operated democratically for the benefit of all the people".

August 13, 2014

A Great Old Idea for the New Economy

A Cooperative Commonwealth vision, which created Canada's healthsystem, is still powerful today

(Photo by Martin Dewar under a Creative Commons license.)

June 16, 2014

Ecuador Takes First Step Toward a Commons Economy

Government sponsors research on how to transition to commoning and open networks
April 13, 2014

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
April 11, 2014

How to Revive Low-Income Neighborhoods

Tap the power of local commons-based institutions like hospitals and colleges
March 18, 2014

Sharing Revolution

Download our guide to the essential economics of the commons
January 28, 2014

Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?

Living wage laws, foreclosure reforms and public banks show promise
January 17, 2014

Republican Principles Depend on What's Best for the Rich

A stark look at class warfare in Congress
January 9, 2014

Its Been a Very Bad Month For the Private Sector

Mounting evidence that privatizing public services costs us more money
January 6, 2014

Five Lessons About the Commons

...which filmmaker Barbara Allen draws from the work of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom for her new film about them
December 26, 2013

A Global Exploration of Economic Possibilities

Highlights from the Berlin conference that attracted 200 commoners from 30 countries