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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

A New Generation of Great Public Spaces in Places You'd Least Expect

May 15, 2014
Community commons arise in places once dominated roads, railyards and parking spaces

A walk to the local bagel shop. (Photo by Shawn Econo under a Creative Commons license)

How to Get the World Back on Its Feet

April 22, 2014
Steps we can take to get more people walking for health and happiness

Photo by PennStateNews under a Creative Commons license.

How a Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change

April 19, 2014
It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today

Kids playing in Chicago's Millenium Park. (Photo by Kymberly Janisch under a Creative Commons license)

Parks Are Crucial for Children and Other Living Things

April 14, 2014
Imagine growing up without playgrounds, ballfields and picnics

How to Revive Low-Income Neighborhoods

April 11, 2014
Tap the power of local commons-based institutions like hospitals and colleges

A Whole World of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

February 9, 2014
The School of Open helps us navigate the immense resources of on-line learning

Never Underestimate the Impact of Neighbors and Food

February 8, 2014
How a Toronto neighborhood came together to reclaim a city park

How We Turned the Tide on Climate Change

February 8, 2014
Excerpt from a new novel "The Wave", chronicling the rise of a movement beginning soon

How Urban Design Helps or Hinders the Health of the Commons

January 30, 2014
Introducing the Sharing Cities Network

The Man Who Helped the World to Sing

January 28, 2014
Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

The Power of Sharing Hits the Streets

January 17, 2014
How bike sharing benefits even people who already own bikes

Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

January 15, 2014
Rising water costs aggravate low-income families' problems