Tag: On The Commons
David Morris: What Downton Abbey Teaches Us About Health CareFebruary 2016
The importance of community in an age of high tech, specialized medicine
Ruth Wilson: What’s the Secret of Making a Happy City?January 2016
Ancient Athens shows us what to do and Rome shows us what not to do
David Morris: We Now Have a Justice System Just for CorporationsOctober 2015
How the Supreme Court twisted a 1925 law to undermine the interests of citizens, employees and small business
Kaitlin Butler and Carolyn Raffensperger: The New EcofeminismSeptember 2015
Fulfilling our sacred responsibilities to future generations.
David Morris: How the Right Wing Won the Language WarsAugust 2015
Why liberal, welfare, and entitlements are dirty words.
Ruth Wilson: Real Questions for Presidential CandidatesAugust 2015
Rethinking the relationship between the collective and the individual.
David Morris: Does Capitalism Need Fine-Tuning or an Overhaul?August 2015
Today we have one set of rules for the super rich, and another for everyone else.
Chuck Collins: Reasserting Civil Disobedience When Faced with InertiaJune 2015
"Advocates paint a Freedom Trail to galvanize their community."
David Morris: Ayn Rand vs. Adam SmithJune 2015
Health care debate depends on whether you believe compassion is a virtue or a vice.
David Morris: What Was Obama Thinking?May 2015
Nike as a backdrop for defending his Pacific Trade Deal! Amazon as partner in creating middle-class jobs!
Jan Hively and Moira Allan: Sharing is Not Just For the YoungMay 2015
The Pass It On Network encourages elders draw on their strengths to help one another and their communities.
Peter Barnes: A New Economics for a New Era of HistoryMay 2015
In a talk given at the Schumacher Center for New Economics, Peter Barnes walks us through the changes that need to happen and the flaws in our current system that are preventing it.
David Morris: Politics Boil Beneath Surface of NCAA March MadnessMarch 2015
Why basketball fans booed the Kansas governor.
Jay Walljasper: Who Says Government Can’t Innovate?March 2015
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority pioneers topnotch services for seniors.
Jay Walljasper: Saving the World’s Holy PlacesMarch 2015
A narrow interpretation of what’s sacred limits efforts to protect natural treasures.
David Bollier: The Plot to Privatize Common KnowledgeMarch 2015
How patents, copyrights, and trademarks have been grossly distorted—even Barbie is tied up in court.
David Morris: Who Decides What’s Best for Our Communities?March 2015
Democracy is derailed by laws dictating what local government can and can't do.
Peter Barnes: How to Save the Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay EnoughJanuary 2015
Sharing common wealth would revive the American Dream for all
David Morris: The 2014 Election Could Have Turned Out DifferentlyJanuary 2015
What if Democrats had forced a deeper discussion about Obamacare?
Daniel Moss: An Unexpected Success Story Links Our Health to Wild LandsJanuary 2015
Conservation policies ensure both safe drinking water and ecological preservation.
Mahat Tattva: The Retail JungleJanuary 2015
Working conditions for part time employees is a national disgrace.
David Morris: Will Pope Francis’ Humanitarian Values Shape Church Policies?December 2014
The Pope’s statement is not a call to reflection but to action
David Morris: Alaska Balances Privacy Rights and Public InterestDecember 2014
Smart policies on marijuana, alcohol and drugs should be model for US Supreme Court.
Jay Walljasper: Creating the Urban CommonsDecember 2014
Density has become a dirty word.
Ruth Wilson: These Trails Are Made for SharingDecember 2014
Hiking as a commons way of life.
Juliet Schor: Debating the Sharing EconomyNovember 2014
Is this sharing's big breakthrough? Or business as usual?
David Bollier: The Great Promise of Social Co-OperativesNovember 2014
A practical alternative to corporate economic control already exists.
Jay Walljasper: Walk this WayNovember 2014
Humans’ most common pastime—forsaken for decades as too slow and too much effort—is now recognized as a health breakthrough, an economic catalyst, and a route to happiness.
Orin Zebest: Democrat Candidates Lose, Democrat Issues WinNovember 2014
Voters endorsed progressive measures in referendums across the US.
Kaitlin Butler & Carolyn Raffensperger: Economics for Future GenerationsOctober 2014
Creating a commons ethic for ecological restoration and social justice.
Thomas O’Connell: Mexico’s Maverick CommonerOctober 2014
Gustavo Esteva challenges conventional wisdom with a worldview based on indigenous culture, Marx and Small is Beautiful
Jeremy Brecher: Our Climate Is Everyone’s PropertyOctober 2014
How the public trust doctrine can be a tool for the climate justice movement.
Jay Walljasper: These Streets Are Made for WalkingSeptember 2014
How to restore foot traffic as a way to go.
Jay Walljasper: Safer StreetsSeptember 2014
American cities confront the fact that 4500 Americans die every year crossing the street.
David Morris: Scotland Can Show the World that Small Is BeautifulSeptember 2014
And perhaps challenge the preeminent power of corporations to defy governments elected by the people.
David Morris: Missing the Whole Story on Public RadioSeptember 2014
A show on municipal ownership of utilities overlooked success in LA, Seattle and Somerset, Kentucky,
David Morris: Labor Fights Post Office PrivatizationAugust 2014
Labor solidarity threatens idea of moving post offices to big box stores.
Jay Walljasper: Why America Lags Behind the World on BikesJuly 2014
Even Canadians were found to bike three times more than Americans.
Jay Walljasper: The Conservative Case for a Commons Way of LifeJuly 2014
Distributism seeks community power.
Jay Walljasper: Good News for Communities Scared of Economic DeclineJune 2014
The anchor strategy builds on existing assets to boost jobs, businesses & quality-of-life.
Jay Walljasper: Parks are Silent Victims of Our Economic & Political IllsJune 2014
The history of the WPA provides a proven way to rejuvenate them.
Maude Barlow: International Human Rights Violations in DetroitJune 2014
Measuring Detroit's destruction on a global scale.
David Morris: How To Save Equal Access on the InternetMay 2014
Publicly owned networks in cities across the US preserve net neutrality and provide quality service.
Beverly Bell: Indigenous People In Honduras Block Dam on Sacred RiverApril 2014
Despite U.S.-backed violence against them, the Rio Blanco community is fighting back.
Jay Walljasper: How the Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate ChangeApril 2014
It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today/
Peter Linebaugh: Stop, Thief!April 2014
On commoning and our rich tradition of resistance to attacks on the commons.
Neal Gorenflo: How Sharing Can Shift the Spirit of the TimesMarch 2014
Shareable magazine co-founder Neal Gorenflo says the sharing economy will help us create the kind of future we want to live in.
Jennifer Bradley: How Cities Can Share for the Benefit of their CitizensMarch 2014
Jessica Conrad interviews author Jennifer Bradley about chronicling this sea change in her new book, The Metropolitan Revolution.
Jay Walljasper: Sharing the Commons WealthFebruary 2014
Robert Ogilvie helps make the most of commons around us.
David Morris: When it Comes to Public Services, Government Knows BestFebruary 2014
Across the U.S., communities discover privatization delivers inferior services at higher prices.
David Morris: Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?February 2014
Living wage laws, foreclosure reforms, and public banks show promise.
Jay Walljasper: The National Treasure in Your NeighborhoodJanuary 2014
On the enduring value of the city park.
Daniel Moss: Public Water Systems Can Help the War on PovertyJanuary 2014
Rising water costs aggravate low-income families' problems.
Jeremy Brecher: Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate ChangeJanuary 2014
A legal argument for climate protection based on the vitality of future generations.
Jay Walljasper: The Year Bike Sharing Came of AgeDecember 2013
Once dismissed as a hippy-dippy dream, bike sharing is now reality in New York, Chicago and other cities.
Arlene Goldbard: The Cultural Commons Lies Hidden in Plain SightDecember 2013
How we can be midwives to a huge shift in creativity, connection, and citizenship.
Jay Walljasper: Walking as a Way of LifeDecember 2013
A new movement for health and happiness depends on creating more commons where we can easily walk.
David Morris: Yes to Amazon.com, No to the Public!November 2013
Welcome to the new post office.
Jessica Conrad: Vancouver Values SharingNovember 2013
Can we move from a global surveillance state to a global sharing state?
Rachel Breen: Art for Everyone’s SakeNovember 2013
Notes on creativity as a commons.
Jay Walljasper: Are Bike Lanes a White Thing?October 2013
The future of bike lanes in African-American neighborhoods.
David Morris: Let Red States Opt Out of ObamacareOctober 2013
The government shutdown will have demonstrated the willingness, indeed the eagerness, of Republicans to do everything possible to stop the health care law.
Jay Walljasper: Getting America Back on its FeetOctober 2013
It’s time to launch a walking movement to strengthen our health and communities.
Jay Walljasper: Save the Planet, Starting on Your BlockSeptember 2013
Local efforts have always been the backbone of global green activism.
David Morris: Only Congress Can End Forty Years Of InsanityAugust 2013
Our attitude toward medical marijuana has unfolded like an interminable tragedy with three acts.
David Morris: The Tea Party Targets Public LibrariesAugust 2013
In Kentucky, even a $1 annual tax hike is too much for anti-government activists.
Camille Gage: The Cat’s Out of the Bag and Now I Must Take it Even FurtherJuly 2013
Camille Gage talks to poet and performer Douglas Kearney about poetry as painting, painting as performance, and the coexistence of mediums.
Jay Walljasper: FoodopolyJune 2013
Our dysfunctional, corporate dominated food system threatens our health and the planet.
Bob Ostertag: Why I No Longer Give Away My MusicJune 2013
How the digital music biz makes it difficult for musicians to offer free downloads.
Jay Walljasper: Bicycling Surges Across the US, Outpacing Noisy CriticsJune 2013
How the "bikelash" was overcome in New York and other cities.
Jay Walljasper: Potential Partners We Don’t RecognizeJune 2013
Why local government, co-ops, community organizations, and unions are commoners.
Daniel Moss: Protecting Drinking Water by Preventing Pollution in Upstream CommunitiesJune 2013
Latin American water leaders discuss a commons approach for safe water.
Giulio Capperchi: America’s Most Enduring Common GroundMay 2013
Since 1634 the Boston Commons has been shared by all.
Camille Gage: How Artists Strengthen CommunitiesMay 2013
Public art is attracting government funding, but can it effect social change?
Sarah Browning: Poetry as ProvocationMay 2013
Camille Gage interviews the poet, activist, and director of Split This Rock.
David Morris: Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own FuturesMay 2013
Increasingly states are quashing the power of local governments—and thwarting innovation.
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.
David Morris: The Rise and Fall of Radio and TV as a CommonsApril 2013
By US law, the airwaves belong to all of us. But there's no sign of that today.
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.
Sophia Murphy: Land Grabs Spread Throughout Developing WorldMarch 2013
Hunger and human rights abuses threaten fragile rural communities.
Peter Barnes: A Brief History of How We Lost the CommonsMarch 2013
And what we must do to get it back.
Pamela Palmater: A Movement to Protect the Earth Rises in CanadaFebruary 2013
Idle No More: Indigenous people mount a high-profile challenge to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's policies.
David Morris: The End of the Post Office as a Public Institution?February 2013
The Post Office will close half its processing centers this year and end Saturday delivery.
Jay Walljasper: Who Needs Government?January 2013
What’s right and what’s wrong with Libertarians’ vision of a volunteer society?
Lewis Hyde: Creative Tension Between the Individual and the GroupJanuary 2013
The essayist and critic interviewed on the cultural dynamics of the commons.
Andy Robinson: In Defense of TaxesJanuary 2013
Even if they cut into charitable giving.
Jay Walljasper: It’s All Happening at the ParkJanuary 2013
More than ever, we need common ground where all kinds of people can interact, learn, and have fun.
Daniel Moss: Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From PrivatizationJanuary 2013
As foreign investors eye their public utilities, water workers scramble to create cooperatives.
David Morris: Who Should Pay for the Costs of Climate Change?January 2013
Increasingly frequent disasters like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha raise the question of global sharing.
Albert Appleton: How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure–And Saved Billions of DollarsNovember 2012
How did New York City manage to control pollution in its water supply on the cheap?
David Morris: A Stormy Reminder of Why We Need GovernmentOctober 2012
Sandy has been a vivid reminder of the role of Government.
David Morris: What Will Happen to Equal Protection Under the Law?October 2012
The Supreme Court is poised to decide major issues like voting rights and marriage equality.
Jay Walljasper: What is Mitt Romney Planning for America?October 2012
Where does the rage in the Republican Party come from?
Eric Knight: Why Do Politicians Break Promises About Tackling Climate Change?October 2012
The problem may not be their lack of integrity, but how we frame the issue.
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.
Alex Marshall: Hidden Issues in This Year’s CampaignSeptember 2012
Can the free market exist without the government's imposition?
David Morris: We’re the NFL. We Don’t Have to Care.September 2012
The NFL has made its fans complicit in Roger Goodell's union-busting.
Harry Boyte: The President and the CitizenSeptember 2012
A vision of citizenship expressed in Obama's convention speech might signal a new direction for his administration--and the country.
David Morris: The Times They’re a Changing. Or Are They?September 2012
This autumn, four states will have the chance to become the first to defeat a same-sex marriage ban.
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.
David Morris: Corporate Crime Does PaySeptember 2012
With penalties laughably low, what should we expect but continued criminal activity on the part of corporations?
David Morris: For Good Customer Service Go to Government, Not CorporationsAugust 2012
Received wisdom aside, good customer service is easier to come by at government agencies than many private businesses.
Jay Walljasper: Not Your Father’s Motor CityAugust 2012
Southwest Detroit has defied the stereotype of urban decay.
David Morris: Texas Judge Rules The Sky Belongs To EveryoneAugust 2012
Has the fight against climate change just taken a monumental step forward?
Jay Walljasper: Changing the World, One Block at a TimeAugust 2012
The neighborhood is a powerful, but often overlooked, tool for social change.
David Morris: Latest Proposal to Kill Post Office Ignores Real Causes of Its Financial CrisisAugust 2012
Peter Orszag, Obama's former OMB director, stands to benefit from the privatization of U.S. Postal Service.
David Morris: The U.S. Healthcare Debate – From the Sublime to the RidiculousAugust 2012
The American debate over healthcare seems absurd most everywhere else.
Ivan Illich: Origins of Our Economic PowerlessnessJuly 2012
Ivan Illich traces poverty and consumer dependency back to the enclosure of the commons.
Jay Walljasper: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Great Public SpacesJuly 2012
Many public spaces have long been neglected, but it's time for their revitalization.
Leodis Scott: Colleges That Serve EveryoneJuly 2012
Land-grant schools can play an important part in America's educational future.
David Morris: Protect Obama’s Health Care Reform, Then Move Toward a Public OptionJuly 2012
Now that Obamacare has been upheld, the next steps are preventing its repeal and moving towards a public option.
David Morris: Business Can’t Win the Privatization Game Without a HandicapJune 2012
Competition between the public and private sectors is rigged—and in not the way you might think.
David Morris: A Phony CrisisJune 2012
The U.S. Postal Service is scaling back in the face of a massive budget deficit. Did it bring this on itself, or is someone else to blame?