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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.

February 2013 Edition

The OTC Dictionary of the Commons

From Acequia to Wiki, words to share

A Sampling of Commons Action All Over

Citizen journalism in Grand Rapids to an economics summit in Berlin to fighting climate change everywhere

Germs We Share

Flu season reminds us once again that public health is a commons we all depend on

The End of the Post Office as a Public Institution?

The Post Office will close half its processing centers this year and end Saturday delivery

The Palace in New York Owned by Everyone

Lessons about the commons at Grand Central Station

A Movement to Protect the Earth Rises in Canada

Idle No More: Indigenous people mount a high-profile challenge to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's policies

Celebrate Love and the Commons This Valentine's Day

Create an original poem for someone you love. (It's easy, we promise—real poets are standing by!)

January 2013 Edition

To Improve a Community, Build on What's Good to Make Things Better

Capitalizing on opportunities can be more important than solving problems

Who Needs Government?

What’s right and what’s wrong with Libertarians’ vision of a volunteer society

Celebrate Love and the Commons This Valentine's Day

Create an original poem for someone you love. (It's easy, we promise—real poets are standing by!)

The Tragic Death of a Commons Hero

Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)

Creative Tension Between the Individual and the Group

Lewis Hyde on the cultural dynamics of the commons

In Defense of Taxes

Even if they cut into charitable giving

“Stealing the Common from the Goose”

A 17th-century rhyme that stands the test of time

Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization

As foreign investors eye their public utilities, water workers scramble to create cooperatives

It's All Happening at the Park

More than ever, we need common ground where all kinds of people can interact, learn and have fun

How Disney Raids the Public Domain

And gives nothing back in return because Mickey Mouse is locked up under copyright in the castle

Who Should Pay the Costs of Climate Change?

Increasingly frequent disasters like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha raise the question of global sharing

The Triumph of the Commons

An excerpt from 55 Theses For the Future

December 2012 Edition

Should Taxpayers Subsidize Charity?

A few surprises about giving in America

Our New Commons Book Free to You

Download this handy guide showing why the commons matter more now than ever

Lincoln, the Movie, and the Rest of the Story

150 years of struggle for minorities to gain power

Setting Free Our History

Getting the commons into school curriculum will help students understand climate change (and a lot more)

A City Lover's Guide to Detroit

The Motor City offers plenty for people excited about urban life and community revitalization