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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.

March 2014 Edition

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

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