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The Commons

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

Dutch Traffic Calming Dutch Traffic Calming
by Jay Walljasper
Traffic calming began in the Netherlands with people putting furniture in the streets and has spread from there. An excerpt from "The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking"
Commentary: Cooperators of the Prairies Commentary: Cooperators of the Prairies
by Jonathan Rowe
Few images loom larger in the American psyche than that of the Wild West. In contrast to the myth, it was the cooperators who really made the West.
Protecting Our Commons Protecting Our Commons
by Sarah van Gelder, Doug Pibel
Keeping the air, the water, the Internet and other commons out of corporate hands and in our own. A YES! Magazine interactive graphic.
How Commerce Consumed the Commons How Commerce Consumed the Commons
by Jonathan Rowe
In a world where everything's for sale, we've forgotten that much of value happens outside the stream of commerce. Here's how we forgot--and how we're reclaiming the commons.
Resurrect New Orleans: A Better City Is Possible Resurrect New Orleans: A Better City Is Possible
by Van Jones
The best qualities and the worst features of U.S. society were on full display in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And today we are still witnessing a frenzied tug-of-war between opposing aspects of the American character—with the final fate of New Orleans hanging in the balance.
Karl Linn 1923-2005: Building a just world, one garden at a time Karl Linn 1923-2005: Building a just world, one garden at a time
by Diana Young
Karl Linn bridged communities with their landscapes by dedicating his life to improving the green environments around him. From developing community gardens in local communities to jumpstarting an Urban Habitat Program in the San Francisco Bay Area, Linn inspired the idea of environmental justice before it became widely known. In his death, he has left a legacy in every commons he created.
Community Land Trusts
by Susan Witt, Merrian Fuller
CLT's take land out of the speculative market and hold it for farmland, conservation or as sites for housing or businesses.
The Demand for the Common Good The Demand for the Common Good
by Jonathan Rowe
What happens when economic growth produces more “illth” than wealth? What happens when it gobbles up the foundation of the good life—the commons?
The Lake And the 'hood The Lake And the 'hood
by Jane Braxton Little
Mono Lake activists fought a 16-year David-versus-Goliath battle against the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) to stop water diversions to Los Angeles. Yet the rural community and the city have emerged from the fray as watershed partners.
A Watershed Runs Through You A Watershed Runs Through You
by Freeman House
The struggle to bring back endangered salmon draws one community into a new commitment to the well-being of its watershed
Book Review - Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth by David Bollier Book Review - Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth by David Bollier
by Jonathan Rowe
The Creative Commons The Creative Commons
by Molly Van Houweling
Public Domain for creative works by Molly Van Houweling
The Hidden Commons The Hidden Commons
by Jonathan Rowe
What is the commons, and how is it valued?
Resource Guide for the Commons Resource Guide for the Commons
Organizations, books, websites
Where There's a Way Where There's a Way
by Michael M'Gonigle
Where there's a way, by Michael M'Gonigle. Global Trade Agreements are just the latest way local communities are losing control over the surrounding forests and the watersheds. If there was a way to reclaim the commons, might there also be a political will?
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