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Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper, Senior Fellow at On the Commons and editor of OnTheCommons.org, created OTC’s book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. A speaker, communications strategist and writer and editor, he chronicles stories from around the world that point us toward a more equitable, sustainable and enjoyable future. He is author of The Great Neighborhood Book and a senior associate at the urban affairs consortium Citiscope. Walljasper also writes a column about city life for Shareable.net and is a Senior Fellow at Project for Public Spaces and Augsburg College’s Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning. For more of his work, see JayWalljasper.com

Stories by Jay Walljasper

Kids walking to school in Riceville, Iowa

America’s Walking Renaissance

November 11, 2016
Free book shows how walking is gaining ground in cities, suburbs & small towns across US

By Victor Bautista under a Creative Commons license

First Step Toward Connecting a Fractured Country

November 11, 2016
Sidewalks, trails and other places we walk are where Americans of many backgrounds come together face-to-face

By Victor Bautista under a Creative Commons license

First Step Toward Reconnecting a Fractured Country

November 11, 2016
Sidewalks, trails and other places we walk are where Americans of many backgrounds come together face-to-face

A student skateboards to school on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (By Sciondriver under a Creative Commons license)

Indy Rocks: An Overlooked City Bounces Back

September 28, 2016
Thanks to an authentic collaborative spirit

A Great Lakes Commons Journey

August 17, 2016
Download your free traveler's guide to his unaparalleled natural and human wonder.

Photo by Dan Burden

America's Walking Renaissance

August 14, 2016
From inner-city to Birmingham to small town Iowa to suburban LA, wallking is making strides

Piada 52 is cooperative cafe in Forli, Italy, hiring unemployed kids, which has helped rivitalize a park once known for drug dealing.  

An Overlooked Element of the Good Life in Italy (and Everywhere)

August 14, 2016
Cooperatives, such as this park cafe in Forli, can achieve social as well as economic goals

The Tanka staff are now co-owners of the company.  (Photo by Katie Hunter)

Healthy Snack Generates Hope & Income on Pine Ridge Reservation

August 14, 2016
Tanka bars, based on a traditional Lakota Indian recipe, now face stiff corporate competition

The farmer's market in New Rochelle, New York.  (Photo by Project for Public Spaces)

19 Ways to Make Your Community Great

August 14, 2016
How the spirit of the commons can invigorate any hometown

Republican mayor Mick Cornett (left) inaugurates one of many new sidewalk projects. (Photo from America Walks case study)

America’s “Worst Walking City” Gets Back on its Feet

March 26, 2016
Oklahoma City improves life for people who walk-- and reaps the benefits

Piazza Verdi in Bologna, a city incorporating commons practices into its government operations. (By Tyler Durdan under a Creative Commons license)

City as a Commons: Flint to Italy

February 8, 2016
200 activists flock to Bologna to how the commons can be incorporated into city governance

(By AJ Shroetlin under a creative commons license)

MDs Now Prescribe Walking to Boost Your Health

January 21, 2016
A compelling reason to keep that New Year’s resolution to be more active