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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.

March 2013 Edition

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

A Backstage Look at Love Poems

OTC and the Joyface Collective send Valentines

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