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Commons Framework

Commons Framework

Our future depends on our commons and each of us as commoners. We all have a mutual responsibility to name, claim, protect and equitably manage what belongs to all of us for today and future generations. Here we will discuss the framework underlying that system in greater detail so you can learn how to understand and animate the commons in your own field or community.

Belonging

The Palace in New York Owned by Everyone

February 5, 2013 | Jay Walljasper

Lessons about the commons at Grand Central Station

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

January 31, 2013 | Jay Walljasper

Capitalizing on opportunities can be more important than solving problems

It's All Happening at the Park

January 8, 2013 | Jay Walljasper

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

Reclaiming the Great Lakes as a Commons

November 29, 2012 | Alexa Bradley

A new approach to protecting water for everyone--including future generations

Equity

Reclaiming the Great Lakes as a Commons

November 29, 2012 | Alexa Bradley

A new approach to protecting water for everyone--including future generations

Low-income People Need Public Spaces the Most

August 12, 2012 | Jay Walljasper

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

Equity is Essential

August 3, 2012 | On the Commons Team

8 ideas about how to advance equity in commons work

Commons Framework
A Framework for the Commons

July 10, 2012 | On the Commons Team

Interdependence

Fighting Climate Change by Divesting from Fossil Fuel Companies

March 26, 2013 | Jessica Conrad

350.org's Fossil Free campaign can help us re-establish our connection to community and the commons

Reclaiming the Great Lakes as a Commons

November 29, 2012 | Alexa Bradley

A new approach to protecting water for everyone--including future generations

Commons Framework
A Framework for the Commons

July 10, 2012 | On the Commons Team

Our Home on Earth

May 16, 2012 | Jay Walljasper

Winona LaDuke outlines lessons from indigenous cultures for restoring balance

Co-Creating

Rajendra Singh
Rehydrating India's Dry Rivers

June 24, 2013 | Jay Walljasper

Participate in the Great Lakes Commons Initiative

April 24, 2013 | On the Commons Team

Reclaiming the Great Lakes as a Commons

November 29, 2012 | Alexa Bradley

A new approach to protecting water for everyone--including future generations

The Commons Exchange: An Alternative to "Next Steps"

November 27, 2012 | Ana Micka

A new way to galvanize ideas into action

Governance

On Developing a Co-Owned Food Council for Minneapolis

September 25, 2013 | On the Commons Team

OTC Co-Director Julie Ristau applies the commons framework to the Homegrown Minneapolis Initiative

Legal Structures for Protecting the Commons

September 19, 2013 | On the Commons Team

From trusts to co-ops, six practical forms of “commons ownership”

Protecting Drinking Water by Preventing Pollution in Upstream Communities

May 24, 2013 | Daniel Moss

Latin American water leaders discuss commons approach for safe water

A Review of Shiney Varghese's "Water Governance for 21st Century"

April 25, 2013 | Ana Micka

Lessons from Water Trading in the U.S. and Australia

Responsibility

A Review of Shiney Varghese's "Water Governance for 21st Century"

April 25, 2013 | Ana Micka

Lessons from Water Trading in the U.S. and Australia

Reclaiming the Great Lakes as a Commons

November 29, 2012 | Alexa Bradley

A new approach to protecting water for everyone--including future generations

Commons Framework
A Framework for the Commons

July 10, 2012 | On the Commons Team

Our Home on Earth

May 16, 2012 | Jay Walljasper

Winona LaDuke outlines lessons from indigenous cultures for restoring balance

Sustainability

Five Lessons About the Commons

January 6, 2014 |

...which filmmaker Barbara Allen draws from the work of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom for her new film about them

View from Africa on Ostrom's Nobel Prize
The View from Africa on Elinor Ostrom

December 16, 2013 | Jay Walljasper

Her research validates the value of traditional cooperative land management

Reclaiming the Great Lakes as a Commons

November 29, 2012 | Alexa Bradley

A new approach to protecting water for everyone--including future generations

Ripple Lake
Water Commons. Water Citizenship. Water Security.

August 3, 2012 |

Tales of commons management from around the world