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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.

February 2014 Edition

Never Underestimate the Impact of Neighbors and Food

How a Toronto neighborhood came together to reclaim a city park

How We Turned the Tide on Climate Change

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

"Clear the Table"

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Roger Higgins

January 2014 Edition

How Urban Design Helps or Hinders the Health of the Commons

Introducing the Sharing Cities Network

The Man Who Helped the World to Sing

Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?

Living wage laws, foreclosure reforms and public banks show promise

Cities Partner with Rural Communities to Protect Water

The benefits of recognizing watersheds as commons around the globe

The Power of Sharing Hits the Streets

How bike sharing benefits even people who already own bikes

Republican Principles Depend on What's Best for the Rich

A stark look at class warfare in Congress

Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

Rising water costs aggravate low-income families' problems

Enliven Public Spaces in 5 Easy Steps

Common sense advice for improving your favorite place

The National Treasure in Your Neighborhood

City parks are part of the fabric of happy lives

The Story of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom

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

Its Been a Very Bad Month For the Private Sector

Mounting evidence that privatizing public services costs us more money

The Slow Unnatural Death of Our Personal Space

Deregulation brings us cramped airplane seats and increased TV ads

Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change

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

Five Lessons About the Commons

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

"Bringing Back Water"

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Elizabeth C. Herron

December 2013 Edition

A Global Exploration of Economic Possibilities

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

2013: The Year Bike Sharing Came of Age

Once dismissed as a hippy-dippy dream, bike sharing is now reality in New York, Chicago and other cities

Our Commons. Are you in?

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

Actual World, Possible Future

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

Brewster Kahle

Open innovation visionary archives the Internet to preserve our digital cultural commons

Ostrom’s Nobel Prize a Milestone for the Commons Movement

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