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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.

December 2013 Edition

View from Africa on Ostrom's Nobel Prize
The View from Africa on Elinor Ostrom

Her research validates the value of traditional cooperative land management

The Cultural Commons Lies Hidden in Plain Sight

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

Walking as a Way of Life

A new movement for health and happiness depends on creating more commons where we can easily walk

Airline Deregulation: Triumph of Ideology Over Evidence

A look at the facts reveal the public has suffered from government's hands-off stance toward airlines

Why Mayors Should Rule the World

They can solve problems national governments can't says political theorist Benjamin Barber


An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Laura Hansen

A New Way to Make Housing Affordable for Nonprofit Workers

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

November 2013 Edition

What’s Good for Bill Gates Turns Out To Be Bad For Public Schools

And, actually, bad for Microsoft too, as we learned recently

Building the Good Society

Notes toward a political platform for the commons

Yes to Amazon.com. No to the Public!

Welcome to the new post office

Why Peer Production Thrives in the Field of Theater Arts

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

A Vision for Architecture as More Than the Sum of Its Parts

How Modernist Fundamentalism degrades the human and natural environment

"Olam Ha-Ba"

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

Vancouver Values Sharing

85 percent of residents say in a new survey that they share with peers

Stop the Presses!

University of Chicago economist discovers that government regulation works!

Time is Running Out to Save the Post Office

5 steps to revive a valuable public institution--and why it matters

October 2013 Edition

Goldman Sachs Embraces Small Businesses in PR, But Not in its Portfolio

Community banks lend 1000 percent more to Main Street

Six Poets to be Featured in UNCOMMON/WORD

Our team of poet advisors has selected work on the theme of "all that we share"

Creativity, Collaboration and the Art of the Right Word

UNCOMMON/WORD Poetry Fellow Elizabeth Dingmann on the role of literature in community life

Discovering the Good Life

Measure your quality-of-life with the commons checklist

Art for Everyone's Sake

Notes on creativity as a commons

Are Bike Lanes a White Thing?

What forward-looking cities are learning about race, equity and building better bike lanes

Public Beats Private

Six reasons why privatization simply doesn't work

How One Farmer Protects His Land from Fracking

Stephen Cleghorn enacts a Rights of Nature easement on his Pennsylvania farm