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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.

November 2013 Edition

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

The Forgotten Idea That Shaped Great U.S. Cities

How the Single Tax movement boosted equity & prosperity during the Progressive Era

Renew the Commons, Recharge Your Life

Take time to hear, see, feel and share what’s all around us

Let Red States Opt Out of Obamacare

In the long run, it will improve everyone's health

September 2013 Edition

XL Not the Only Pipeline Carrying Tar Sands Oil

A fight against Enbridge's crude oil pipeline to the Upper Midwest

Getting America Back on Its Feet

Launching a walking movment to strenghten our health and communities

A Powerful Commons Tool We Overlook

Informal social customs often work better than laws in Influencing good behavior

Taxi Rides Go Communal

Bandwagon brings ride-sharing to cabs in NYC

A Legal Blueprint for Our Ecological Survival

A new book links human rights, environmental rights and the law of the commons

Passion for the Great Lakes Runs Deep

Organizer Alexa Bradley reveals the Great Lakes Commons Initiative's key to success: community leadership

Defending the Public From Greed

FDR's campaign speech from 1932 is timely today

Save the Planet, Starting on Your Own Block

Local efforts are the backbone of global green activism

August 2013 Edition

Four Circles of Judaism Help Us Live the Commons

Open space, the Sabbath, sabbaticals and Jubilee

A Multitude of Wonderful Things We Share But Rarely Consider

A treasury of Jonathan Rowe's insights

When Civil Disobedience Becomes Law Enforcement

Applying the public trust doctrine to protect us from climate change

On Waiting and Writing

A conversation with poet Juliet Patterson