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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.

January 2013 Edition

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

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