Reclaiming the Commons

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Summer 2001
The Hidden Commons
Like fish in water, we rely on the commons — for life, for play, for community. So why is the commons so neglected and ignored?
by Jonathan Rowe

Great Commons of the World
What makes a public space into a great commons? The answer is surprisingly simple.
by Kari McGinnis

The Sound and the Furious
Silence is an endangered commons, vulnerable to just one person’s car stereo or leaf blower.
by Corinne Asturias

Thirst For Justice
When Bolivia privatized its water supply, prices went sky high — until the people took over the system.
by Maude Barlow

What's Your Share?
What’s your share of the global commons? Take the test.
by Jim Merkel

Sky Trust
Why we commoners should be paid for the use of our sky as a dumping ground for CO2, and how this approach could cut greenhouse gas emissions.
by Peter Barnes

Where There's A Way
Communities that lose control of their forests, fisheries, lands, and waters are reclaiming their right to use and steward the commons.
by Michael M’Gonigle

Space War or Space Peace? Even during the Cold War, space remained a weapons-free commons. Now, many fear the Bush administration will launch an arms race in space.
by Mike Moore

The Cornucopia of the Commons In New York City, community gardens are blossoming; on the internet, programmers are creating “open-source” software. The gift economy flourishes.
by David Bollier
resources for commoners
Reclaiming and stewarding the commons.
by Rik Langendoen


Second Chance for Black Farmers
Black farmers have been losing ground (literally) for decades. But a recent class-action suit could help those still on the land get USDA loans denied them in the past, and a new group of urban blacks are returning to the rural South to farm.
by Carol Estes

Just So Much and No More ...
The last column written by the late Donella Meadows on the timeless language of Earth.
by Donella Meadows

Business & Livelihood

A Tale of Three Cities
While San Francisco reels under rolling blackouts and rate hikes, the public power customers of Los Angeles and Sacramento are enjoying abundant power (much of it green) and stable prices. So why the media and political blackout on the benefits of public power?
by Rachel Brahinsky

Global Shift

What to Do When Corporations Rule the World When the first edition of David Korten's book, When Corporations Rule the World, appeared in 1995, few were talking about corporate globalization. Much has changed.
an interview with David C. Korten by Sarah van Gelder

Heart & Soul

Dream of a Ridiculous Man
What if mentally disabled people could live together on a farm where they could contribute, earn a livelihood, and develop skills and creativity. Maybe it's not such a ridiculous dream.
by Charles W. and Joan C. Pratt


A Tribute to Donella Meadows
People around the world are paying tribute to a woman who has inspired and challenged us for decades with her unflinching assessments of the state of the Earth and practical prescriptions for change.
by Frances F. Korten

In Review

The Courage and Cost of Convictions
Grace Boggs reviews a biography of Rosa Parks that tells the story of a sophisticated and committed activist;
• Doug Pibel reviews John Mohawk's Utopian Legacies: A History of Conquest and Oppression in the Western World.

Sustainable Living

YES! … But How?
Drink containers, moss, bicycle chain lubricants, toothpaste, ticks, garden pests, sticky stickers, where to start living sustainable.
by Annie Berthold-Bond & Doug Pibel


Letter from the Editor

Readers’ Forum

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