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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.

June 2013 Edition


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

Youth Center in a Midwest Town Run as a Commons

A participant describes their model of collective ownership

Why I No Longer Give Away My Music

How the digital music biz makes it difficult for musicians to offer free downloads

Bicycling Surges Across the US, Outpacing Noisy Critics

How the "bikelash" was overcome in New York and other cities

Give a Little

TED talks--where ideas hit the big time--explore the importance of generosity

May 2013 Edition

Protecting Drinking Water by Preventing Pollution in Upstream Communities

Latin American water leaders discuss commons approach for safe water

Potential Partners We Don't Recognize

Why local government, co-ops, community organizations, and unions are commoners

From Berlin With Hope

International Economics & the Commons Conference breaks new ground in how we thrive together

How Artists Strengthen Communities

The rise of creative placemaking raises interesting questions

Poetry as Provocation

An interview with Sarah Browning of Split This Rock

America's Most Enduring Common Ground

Since 1634, the Boston Commons has been shared by all

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

Submission Guidelines

Poetry submissions are currently closed.

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