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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.

December 2012 Edition

Be a Local (Economy) Hero This Holiday Season

The old phrase “use or lose it” applies especially to neighborhood businesses

Hima: An Islamic Tradition of the Commons

Middle Eastern greens revive Muhammad's vision of protecting special places for future generations

Nothing Says Native American Better Than White Girls in Headdresses

A young Santee Sioux woman looks at how Native identity is reflected in pop culture

What Can Artists Do to Create Social Change?

Filmmaker Rick Prelinger on the limits of short-term action

November 2012 Edition

The Money Commons

A bold proposal to ensure some income for everyone

Icelanders Vote to Include Commons in Their Constitution

81 percent want resources not privately owned to be declared national property

Mayors Take Over the World

The rising power of local government offers an opportunity to rebuild the commons

How to Get Fat Cat Money Out of Our Elections

A commons-based solution for invigorating democracy in the U.S.

A Close Election, But Potentially A Transformative One

A win for Obama and the Democrats opens a door for the commons

Mayors Are Taking Over the World

From Paris to Charleston, South Carolina, local officials are fixing problems and restoring people’s hope in government

Create a Commons in Your Own Front Yard

How a public bench transformed a suburban neighborhood

October 2012 Edition

A Stormy Reminder of Why We Need Government

A job well done, from the local 911 switchboard to the White House

The Commons as a Transformative Vision

Essay from a new book explains the world beyond market & state

My Common Education: Lessons From Open Field

A Minneapolis Art Museum opens its grounds to community creativity

How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure--And Saved Billions of Dollars

1st in a series looking at the unsung heroes who keep public water systems safe and efficient

A 500-Year Revolution of the Rich Against the Poor

The loss of the Medieval commons still affects the world today

What Will Happen to Equal Protection Under the Law?

The Supreme Court decides major issues like voting rights and marriage equality

What's the Source of Rage in the Republican Party?

Democrats' victory can help the commons-- but the real work now starts at the gressroots

Walk This Way

A place to stroll is the glue that holds communities together

Why Do Politicians Break Promises About Tackling Climate Change?

The problem may not be their lack of integrity, but how we frame the issue

Is It All About Hormones?

From the Boy Scouts to the Vatican to Wall Street, male decisionmakers act far differently than women

The Surprise Behind Detroit's Emerging Comeback

Young people making a difference in the city are not all from somewhere else

September 2012 Edition

5 Ways to Save the Commons on Your Campus

It starts with thinking of yourself as a commoner

Who Says Student Protests Are a Thing of the Past?

Youth take to the streets in Chile and Puerto Rico, while student inspired demonstrations topple Quebec's ruling party