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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.

May 2013 Edition

Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own Futures

Increasingly states are quashing the power of local governments--and thwarting innovation

Why Should We Care About the Commons Now?

Yes, it’s history. And also our best hope for the future

The Commons That Connects Us Six Days a Week

The Post Office is under siege from many sides, but is showing political resilience

Summertime Ooooohhs!

A disproportionately large share of our best memories happen in parks

April 2013 Edition

The Real Tragedy

Ecological ruin stems from what happens to--not what is caused by--the commons

How Arts and Culture Open a Window to the Wider World

And help us more clearly see all that we share

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A Woman Ahead of Her Time

Jane Jacobs was a visionary champion of great cities, who is celebrated each May with Jane's Walks around the world.

The Great American Commons

Our National Forests cover 191 million acres in 40 states

Good News for the Common Good

4 recent victories strengthen the commons

Take the Commons Quiz

And send it out to all your friends

Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 Years

Public water systems, public education, public libraries and public roads are modern innovations

Yours, Mine & Ours

Today's rigid attitudes about property rights break with tradition

The Rise and Fall of Broadcasting as a Commons

By U.S. law, the airwaves belong to all of us. But there's no sign of that today

March 2013 Edition

Bring OTC to Your Campus or Community

How to raise awareness of the commons in your own backyard

Our Common Wealth: Jonathan Rowe's Collected Writings on the Commons

An author/activist showed us the hidden economy that makes everything else work

Our Hidden Wealth

How the commons makes everything else work

What You Can Do to Stop "Democracy For Sale"

Bill McKibben reports the latest from Washington on the Keystone XL pipeline

To Fix Our Economy, Consult a Book from 1944

Hungarian economist Karl Polanyi anticipated our economic mess

Land Grabs Spread Throughout Developing World

Hunger and Human Rights abuses threaten fragile rural communities

"Capital is Enclosure"

Sign of the Times in South London

A Brief History of How We Lost the Commons

And what we must do to get it back

Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common Wealth

In the early 20th Century, Progressives saw urban land as common property

February 2013 Edition

How Commons-based Strategies Can Transform Your Hometown

Invite OTC to town to boost public life and community connections