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Environment

Economic growth that depends upon depleting nature is not “progress,” but wanton destruction of a vital commons. Our mission is to draw attention to this theft of commonly owned wealth and promote ways to restore natural ecosystems through better commons management systems.

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

Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons

November 2, 2011 | by Jay Walljasper

Nobel Prize winner headlines the Minneapolis Festival of the Commons, co-sponsored by On the Commons

At Last, A New Story for the Future

December 12, 2011 | By Bill McKibben

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

Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons

November 2, 2011 | By Jay Walljasper

Nobel Prize winner headlines the Minneapolis Festival of the Commons, co-sponsored by On the Commons

Trusts: A Uniquely Commons Form of Ownership

September 6, 2011 | By Peter Barnes

Not private, not government, they preserve resources for the public good

A New Way of Seeing the World

June 27, 2011 | By Jay Walljasper

Protecting the rights of nature depends on understanding the commons

How the Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change

April 19, 2014 | By Jay Walljasper

It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today

Joseph Sax (1936-2014)

March 14, 2014 | By David Bollier

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

Victor Alvarado Champions Both Nature and the Poor

February 28, 2014 | By Daniel Moss

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

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

Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change

January 7, 2014 | By Jeremy Brecher

A new book champions the commons-based Public Trust Doctrine for saving the earth

Ostrom’s Nobel Prize a Milestone for the Commons Movement

December 16, 2013 | By Jay Walljasper

Her honor debunked the belief that cooperation and collaboration lead to tragedy

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