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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.

April 22, 2005

Tools and Tasks

The closing of a car repair shop offers an opportunity to consider how changing technology affects our lives.
April 6, 2005

Democratizing Innovation

Democratizing innovation by adapting copyright laws that draw on a commons-based approach to creativity.
April 4, 2005

Yoga as a Commons, Yoga as Private Property

U.S. courts back Bikram Choudbury's claim to own ancient yoga poses.
April 1, 2005

Can the Color Magenta be Owned?

Can colors be privately owned? Yes, according to legal trends in Germany and the U.S. Magenta may be worth 20 billion euros to Deutsch Telekom AG.
March 17, 2005

Online Collaboration as an "Irenicon"

The King James Bible as a great example of creative collaboration.
March 2, 2005

Adieu, The Gates....

Christo's Gates installation art project in Central Park evokes a lively mood of the commons at its best.
January 21, 2005

The Rise of Make-Your-Own Culture

The rise of make-your-own culture brings new juice into our culture.
January 14, 2005

A New Battlefront for Cultural Diversity

A new battlefront for cultural diversity opens with a UNESCO global treaty.
December 11, 2004

Universities and Rent a Reputation Scams

Professors for Sale. The troubling trend of corporations paying schools to lend their names to articles penned by the company.
December 9, 2004

Open Source Weather

The National Weather Service opens its information up to the public in a far-sighted move.