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

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?
The Resilient Library The Resilient Library
by Cat Johnson
Even in a time when libraries are facing steep cuts, we’re using them more than ever—in more ways than ever.
Living Right on the “Wrong” Side of Town Living Right on the “Wrong” Side of Town
by Corbyn Hightower
When Corbyn Hightower’s financial world fell apart, a ragtag community came together to show how lively neighborhoods grow new livelihoods.
Arrivederci, Water Profiteers Arrivederci, Water Profiteers
by Daniel Moss
“Water is a common good.” Why 96 percent of Italian voters rejected their government’s push for water privatization.
“God is What Happens When Humanity is Connected” “God is What Happens When Humanity is Connected”
Jim Gilliam: Why the Internet is my religion.
Harnessing the Multiplier Effect Harnessing the Multiplier Effect
by Nathanael Massey
We're all familiar with vicious cycles. But what happens when solutions build on each other?
The Public Library Manifesto The Public Library Manifesto
by David Morris
Why libraries matter, and how we can save them.
Don’t Get Fooled Again: Writing Our Own Economic Future Don’t Get Fooled Again: Writing Our Own Economic Future
by Sarah Byrnes
My neighbors and I know we can't go back to the old economy. But what can we do to build a new one?
Common Stories Common Stories
by Kim Eckart
Do you ride the bus? Use the library? Walk on the sidewalk? Congratulations—you're already part of the commons movement.
How to Design a Neighborhood for Happiness How to Design a Neighborhood for Happiness
by Jay Walljasper
The way we design our communities plays a huge role in how we experience our lives.
What to Pack for Disaster—And What to Leave Behind What to Pack for Disaster—And What to Leave Behind
by Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit: When disaster strikes, don't forget your compassion and critical thinking—but leave your panic, cliches, and stereotypes at the door.
In it Together: Organizing a Common Security Club In it Together: Organizing a Common Security Club
by Sarah Byrnes
How to overcome the obstacles and cultivate a caring, supportive community group in the face of tough economic times.
People, Power, and Public Spaces People, Power, and Public Spaces
by Jay Walljasper
What the privatization of public spaces has to do with our likelihood of taking to the streets.
EcoTipping Points: Strategies for Shifting from Decline to Restoration EcoTipping Points: Strategies for Shifting from Decline to Restoration
by Gerald Marten
The EcoTipping Points Project has documented more than 100 stories of environmental recovery in communities around the world. What do these success stories have in common?
The Not-So-Neutral Net The Not-So-Neutral Net
by Jenn Ettinger
The FCC’s new rules on Net Neutrality open the Internet to corporate discrimination. But it’s not too late to preserve Internet freedom.
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