Jay Walljasper: Sharing the Commons WealthFebruary 2014
Robert Ogilvie helps make the most of commons around us.
Daniel Moss: Public Water Systems Can Help the War on PovertyJanuary 2014
Rising water costs aggravate low-income families’ problems.
Rachel Breen: Art for Everyone’s SakeNovember 2013
Notes on creativity as a commons.
Giulio Capperchi: America’s Most Enduring Common GroundMay 2013
Since 1634 the Boston Commons has been shared by all.
Jonathan Rowe: The Real TragedyMay 2013
Ecological ruin stems from what happens to—not what is caused by—the commons.
Jack Tuholske: The Great American CommonsApril 2013
Our National Forests cover 191 million acres in forty states.
Alex Marshall: Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 YearsApril 2013
Public water systems, public education, public libraries, and public roads are modern innovations.
Jonathan Rowe: Our Hidden WealthMarch 2013
How the commons makes everything else work.
Rich Nymoen & Jeff Smith: Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common WealthMarch 2013
In the early 20th century, progressives saw urban land as common property.
Peter Barnes: A Brief History of How We Lost the CommonsMarch 2013
And what we must do to get it back.
Rick Prelinger: What Can Artists Do to Create Social Change?December 2012
A conversation with the filmmaker and public-domain advocate about the limits of short-term action.
Nafeesa Syeed: Salvaged HistoryDecember 2012
An outsider works to restore an abandoned chateau in historic Burgundy.
Bajo Aguan’s Modern Tragedy of the CommonsDecember 2012
Human rights abusers who help stop climate change, and the global system that keeps them in business
Jay Walljasper: The Surprise Behind Detroit’s Emerging ComebackOctober 2012
Young people are making a difference in the cities they call home.
Jay Walljasper: How One Dutch Neighborhood Helped People Everywhere Reclaim the CommonsSeptember 2012
A case study in traffic calming, and why it’s sometimes better to ask for forgiveness than permission.
Jack Tuholske: A New Vision for the Great Lakes is NeededSeptember 2012
The Great Lakes are a commons, not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder.
Harry Boyte: Did We Build It?September 2012
A history of the concept of the commonwealth in American politics sheds some light on who exactly is the we in We Built It.
Jay Walljasper: Not Your Father’s Motor CityAugust 2012
Southwest Detroit has defied the stereotype of urban decay.
Jay Walljasper: Changing the World, One Block at a TimeAugust 2012
The neighborhood is a powerful, but often overlooked, tool for social change.
Noam Chomsky: Destroying the CommonsJuly 2012
How the Magna Carta became a minor carta.
Ivan Illich: Origins of Our Economic PowerlessnessJuly 2012
Ivan Illich traces poverty and consumer dependency back to the enclosure of the commons.
David Bollier: The Enclosure of the Gulf of MexicoJuly 2010
The noxious gusher of oil flowing from one mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico is an unprecedented environmental disaster, no doubt about it. But will we learn the right lessons from it?