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The Commons

Becoming stewards of our social, cultural, and natural heritage.

The NSA’s Spying Program: What’s at Stake for the Climate Movement? The NSA’s Spying Program: What’s at Stake for the Climate Movement?
by James Trimarco
Programs such as Prism would likely be used to hamper the social movements we need to tackle the biggest problems of our time.
Occupied Istanbul: Scenes from the Front Lines Occupied Istanbul: Scenes from the Front Lines
by Fabien Tepper
Thousands of people are sleeping in a public park to protest the actions of the Turkish government. Check out this photo essay for a view of daily life, music, and politics inside Turkey’s homegrown occupation.
Better than Cyber Utopia: How the Internet Helped Us Create the Sharing Economy Better than Cyber Utopia: How the Internet Helped Us Create the Sharing Economy
by Neal Gorenflo
Back in the ’90s, people thought the Internet was going to open up a zone of perfect cyber-freedom. It didn’t work out that way. But the Internet’s real significance may be found elsewhere: in a growing sector of the economy based around peer-to-peer sharing networks.
For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating
by Jonathan Rowe
Could it be as simple as that? Author Jonathan Rowe thought so, and tried it out in his own hometown.
Why Post-Sandy America Needs State Banks More than Ever Why Post-Sandy America Needs State Banks More than Ever
by Ellen Brown
If we the people want the sort of security in emergencies that is available to the owners of Wall Street banks, we need to own some banks ourselves.
Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm” Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm”
by James Trimarco
To many Detroit residents—and especially to its established urban gardeners—the approval of a large-scale urban farm raises serious questions about the future of food and land in the city.
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van Gelder
It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
5 Ways to Protect the Rights of Future Generations 5 Ways to Protect the Rights of Future Generations
by Melanie Jae Martin
This fall, 150 women gathered in the desert town of Moab, Utah, to discuss the changes we would need to respect the rights of future generations.
For Sale: The Sacred Center of the Sioux Universe For Sale: The Sacred Center of the Sioux Universe
by Winona LaDuke
The site of Pe’ Sla has been privately owned since 1876, but indigenous people have always been free to worship there. All that could change on August 25, when the land is set to be auctioned off.
The Story of the Commons The Story of the Commons
by Jay Walljasper
Tired of the privatization of everything? You’re not alone. Annie Leonard on how we can recognize and rebuild the things we all share.
Is It Time to Occupy the Commons? Is It Time to Occupy the Commons?
by Alexa Bradley
A report from the Occupy Wall Street Forum on the Commons.
What If Corporations Couldn’t Use Our Commons For Free? What If Corporations Couldn’t Use Our Commons For Free?
by Peter Barnes
Peter Barnes: How our shared resources could become a source of common wealth.
A People’s History of Robin Hood A People’s History of Robin Hood
by Paul Buhle
For hundreds of years, he’s fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons. Why we still need him today.
Graduates Get a Crash Course in Sharing Graduates Get a Crash Course in Sharing
by Malcolm Harris
How new graduates are improvising when expected careers aren’t panning out.
Inside Occupy Wall Street’s Nearly Last Night Inside Occupy Wall Street’s Nearly Last Night
by Olivia Rosane
What was it like to be in Zuccotti Park in the hours before the owners’ planned eviction of protesters?
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