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Commons Magazine

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.

August 2013 Edition

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

Commons-Based Ideas to Support Artists

New ways to pay the piper (and the painter and the performer and the poet )


Join a public art project to recognize the Great Lakes as a commons

The Tea Party Targets Public Libraries

Even a $1 year tax hike to maintain services is too much for them

Only Congress Can End Forty Years Of Insanity

Our attitude toward medical marijuana has unfolded like an interminable tragedy with three acts.

July 2013 Edition

An Oregon Trail to End Student Debt

Innovative bill brings equity into student loans and gets banks out

Life in the Green Lane

Protected bike lanes reclaim our streets as commons

Nature is an Open-Source Commons

Andreas Weber's idea of Enlivenment rejects Social Darwinism and theories that call nature inert matter

Connecticut Passes Commons-Based Approach to Taxing Urban Land

Turns traditional property taxes upside down by valuing community contributions to land values

Connections, Community and the Pursuit of the Commons

Why public life and good places matter so much

How to Create Wealth: Monetary, Spiritual or Psychic

Jonathan Rowe's brilliant meditation on the shared, non-commercialized realms of life

Commons Strategies Can Transform Your Hometown

Invite OTC to town to boost community connections and public life

How One Neighborhood Illuminates Our Hopes and Fears for the Future

The fate of Harter Heights and places like it everywhere matters

Down on the Corner

Our future lies in the fate of one neighborhood-- and others like it everywhere

Free eBook: How to Design Our World for Happiness

Download our new guide to placemaking, public space, and convivial living

June 2013 Edition

The Huge Difference Between Republicans and Democrats

Look at what they are doing at the state level today

The Next New Economy

Jessica Conrad explores the rise of a global phe­nom­e­non in the Twin Cities

Learning to "Commonify" Your Mind

Breaking free of the belief that the market rules everything in our lives

A Huge Win for the Commons

US Supreme Court rules human genes cannot be patented

The Cat’s Out of the Bag and Now I Must Take it Even Further

Poet/performer Douglas Kearney embraces collaborative creativity


Our dysfunctional, corporate dominated food system threatens our health and the planet