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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 Household as Commons
January 12, 2009

The Household as Commons

Why do co-occupants favor gift-exchange over contracts, and consensus over majority rule?
Decadence and Redemption in the Music Biz
December 30, 2008

Decadence and Redemption in the Music Biz

Let's revive music by letting robust social commons support new types of markets.
The Rich Are Hogging Our Common Inheritance
December 14, 2008

The Rich Are Hogging Our Common Inheritance

And how we can take it back.
December 8, 2008

History Commons

Who Owns the Image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?
December 1, 2008

Who Owns the Image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

The King estate unseemly attempt to cash in on “The Dream."
Towards a Collective Understanding of Art As a Commons
November 26, 2008

Towards a Collective Understanding of Art As a Commons

A report on current thinking about the art commons
From Whence Does Creativity Emerge?
November 26, 2008

From Whence Does Creativity Emerge?

Lewis Hyde explores the nether zone between identity and community.
The Public Domain as a “Jungle”
October 28, 2008

The Public Domain as a “Jungle”

Eva Wirtén's new book, "Terms of Use," explores the clashing worldviews of North and South
The Lazy Smear of “Piracy”
October 21, 2008

The Lazy Smear of “Piracy”

The history of piracy reveals the real issue: freedom versus slavery.