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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.

October 2012 Edition

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

We're the NFL. We Don't Have to Care

Here's what's really happening in the football referees lockout

How One Dutch Neighborhood Helped People Everywhere Reclaim the Commons

Why it's better to ask for forgiveness, than for permission

The Hidden Issue in This Year's Campaign

Government vs. Free Market misses the point. Government creates markets.

Where Do We Go From Here?

A leading figure in the environmental movement offers a manifesto for America the Possible

Monsanto Goes All Out to Keep GMOs a Secret Ingredient in Our Food

Polls show California voters favor labeling GMOs, but agribusiness dumps millions to defeat labeling in November election

Monsanto Goes All Out to Keep GMOs a Secret Ingredient in Our Food

Polls show California voters favor labeling GMOs, but agribusiness dumps millions to defeat labeling in November election

The Times They're a Changing. Or Are They?

31 states outlaw gay marriage. But this election offers four opportunities to stop bans.

The President and the Citizen

A vision of citizenship expressed in Obama's recent speech might signal a new direction for his administration-- and the country

Needed: A New Vision for the Great Lakes

A commons belonging to all rather than a commodity for sale to the highest bidder

Will the Tide Turn on Gay Marriage This Election Year?

A new voter's guide lays out the arguments of both sides in Maine, Washington, Minnesota and Maryland

The Great American Neighborhood
The Great American Neighborhood

Welcome to Jacobsburg, which offers inspiring lessons in how to create a great community.

Cities By the People, Cities For the People

A conversation with David Harvey, eminent geographer, commoner, radical and champion of our right to the city

Did We Build It? Or Didn't We?

America's vanishing sense of commonwealth can be seen in this year's election

August 2012 Edition

Corporate Crime Does Pay

Major businesses repeatedly break the same laws over again to boost profits

A 150-Year Experiment: Colleges That Serve Everyone

Land-grant schools make a natural ally for the commons movement

16 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Safer, Greener and More Fun

From Italy to Luckenbach, Texas, practical ideas for improving your hometown

Magna Carta Manifesto

The commons was at the core of a founding document of Western democracy

For Good Customer Service Go to Government, Not Corporations

Have you tried to get through to your insurance company or bank recently?

25 Tips for Making Your Neighborhood Better

Jay Walljasper's guide to changing the world on your own block

Low-income People Need Public Spaces the Most

Parks, squares, sidewalks, transit, schools and community centers are commons that can be used by all