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Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture highlights creative work in all mediums and disciplines with a special emphasis on artists, writers, performers, and collectives who blur the lines between art-making, personal activism, and community involvement. As they employ new artistic strategies, contemporary creatives continue to expand the role of arts and culture in public life. This section will feature intriguing and often ground-breaking work and explore how it might illuminate the challenges and opportunities we face as we move toward a commons-based world.

The Eternal Joy of Hanging Out
December 7, 2009

The Eternal Joy of Hanging Out

Roman piazzas are commons at their best. And there's no reason we can't have them here
Hard-Wired to Cooperate
December 1, 2009

Hard-Wired to Cooperate

Humans are naturally inclined to cooperate and create social norms, the foundation for building commons.
Stealth Treaty Seeks Strict Controls Over Internet
November 30, 2009

Stealth Treaty Seeks Strict Controls Over Internet

Never heard of ACTA? That’s exactly what Hollywood and other copyright industries want.
Global Innovation Commons
November 18, 2009

Global Innovation Commons

A new database of patent-free technologies will make “green innovation" more available to all.
Barcelona Charter for Free Culture is Released
November 13, 2009

Barcelona Charter for Free Culture is Released

Historic statement by commoners takes the offensive against regressive Internet policies
Free Culture Gets Political
November 6, 2009

Free Culture Gets Political

Digital commoners of diverse stripes get serious about public policy.
Celebrating the Academic Commons
October 21, 2009

Celebrating the Academic Commons

Open Access Week educates faculty and students about free access and sharing of research.
Call Off the Wolves, Jack!
October 20, 2009

Call Off the Wolves, Jack!

British outdoors clothing maker tries to privatize paw prints.
Who Owns the Prefix “Mc”?
September 17, 2009

Who Owns the Prefix “Mc”?

McDonald's suffers a major court defeat in Malaysia as McCurry prevails.
Who Should Own Antiquities?
May 1, 2009

Who Should Own Antiquities?

The clash of justifications for property rights in ancient works of art.