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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


August 17, 2013
Join a public art project to recognize the Great Lakes as a commons

An Oregon Trail to End Student Debt

July 31, 2013
Innovative bill brings equity into student loans and gets banks out

Life in the Green Lane

July 29, 2013
Protected bike lanes reclaim our streets as commons

Nature is an Open-Source Commons

July 25, 2013
Andreas Weber's idea of Enlivenment rejects Social Darwinism and theories that call nature inert matter

Connecticut Passes Commons-Based Approach to Taxing Urban Land

July 22, 2013
Turns traditional property taxes upside down by valuing community contributions to land values

Connections, Community and the Pursuit of the Commons

July 20, 2013
Why public life and good places matter so much

How to Create Wealth: Monetary, Spiritual or Psychic

July 20, 2013
Jonathan Rowe's brilliant meditation on the shared, non-commercialized realms of life

How the Commons Can Make a Difference in One Community

July 10, 2013
OTC explores Winona, Minnesota

Commons Strategies Can Transform Your Hometown

July 10, 2013
Invite OTC to town to boost community connections and public life

How One Neighborhood Illuminates Our Hopes and Fears for the Future

July 9, 2013
The fate of Harter Heights and places like it everywhere matters

Down on the Corner

July 9, 2013
Our future lies in the fate of one neighborhood-- and others like it everywhere

Our New eBook: How to Design Our World for Happiness

July 5, 2013
Download our new guide to placemaking, public space, and convivial living