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Commons Strategies

A wide number of new strategies exist for assuring that the commons, in its many forms, is protected and enhanced over time. Some involve government and law, others depend on informal governance and social sanctions, while still others work with market mechanisms and other hybrid models.

Tonetta Graham, an leader in the Strawberry Mansions neighborhood, sees Civic Commons as a way to bring investment to low-income areas without gentrification. 

July 21, 2017

Philadelphia Spreads Opportunity to All Corners of City

Harnessing the civic commons to boost social equity

By GotCredit under a Creative Commons license.

March 26, 2016

Want to See a New Kind of Economy?

It's easier than it looks-- if we draw upon our common wealth

Since 1597, this acequia (irrigation canal) near Espanola, New Mexico has been collaboratively managed. (Photo by NCRS New Mexico under a Creative Commons license)

February 3, 2016

Patterns of Commoning

New book trumpets the commons as a worldview based on living systems

Photo by Lawrence OP under a Creative Commons license.  

January 21, 2016

10 Commandments of Commons Economics

How Peer Production can create a future that’s free, fair & sustainable

(By Ask the Climate Question under a Creative Commons license

August 14, 2015

Real Questions for Presidential Candidates

Here's what really needs to be debated in the coming election

(By Hoan Luong under a Creative Commons license)

February 20, 2015

How Much is the Commons Worth?

In the US alone, almost as much as all private wealth

(By Jeremy Hunsinger under a CC license)

December 4, 2014

Hope For Imagining a World Beyond Corporate Control

Finding ways to democratically control our common wealth, from Quebec to India

Gustavo Esteva voices provocative views on human rights, economic development and flush toilets 

October 20, 2014

Mexico's Maverick Commoner

Gustavo Esteva challenges conventional wisdom with a worldview based on indigenous culture, Marx and Small is Beautiful
September 17, 2014

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