Tag: commons

Jay Walljasper: How the Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change

April 2014

It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today/

Jay Walljasper: Sharing the Commons Wealth

February 2014

Robert Ogilvie helps make the most of commons around us.

Daniel Moss: Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

January 2014

Rising water costs aggravate low-income families' problems.

Rachel Breen: Art for Everyone’s Sake

November 2013

Notes on creativity as a commons.

Giulio Capperchi: America’s Most Enduring Common Ground

May 2013

Since 1634 the Boston Commons has been shared by all.

Jonathan Rowe: The Real Tragedy

May 2013

Ecological ruin stems from what happens to—not what is caused by—the commons.

Jack Tuholske: The Great American Commons

April 2013

Our National Forests cover 191 million acres in forty states.

Alex Marshall: Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 Years

April 2013

Public water systems, public education, public libraries, and public roads are modern innovations.

Jonathan Rowe: Our Hidden Wealth

March 2013

How the commons makes everything else work.

Rich Nymoen & Jeff Smith: Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common Wealth

March 2013

In the early 20th century, progressives saw urban land as common property.

Peter Barnes: A Brief History of How We Lost the Commons

March 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 History

December 2012

An outsider works to restore an abandoned chateau in historic Burgundy.

Bajo Aguan’s Modern Tragedy of the Commons

December 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 Comeback

October 2012

Young people are making a difference in the cities they call home.

Jay Walljasper: How One Dutch Neighborhood Helped People Everywhere Reclaim the Commons

September 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 Needed

September 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 City

August 2012

Southwest Detroit has defied the stereotype of urban decay.

Jay Walljasper: Changing the World, One Block at a Time

August 2012

The neighborhood is a powerful, but often overlooked, tool for social change.

Noam Chomsky: Destroying the Commons

July 2012

How the Magna Carta became a minor carta.

Ivan Illich: Origins of Our Economic Powerlessness

July 2012

Ivan Illich traces poverty and consumer dependency back to the enclosure of the commons.

David Bollier: The Enclosure of the Gulf of Mexico

July 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?