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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.

September 9, 2014

What If We Put the Future First?

The 2014 Women’s Congress translates this question into practical steps for protecting coming generations

(By Ijirawu Jimbo under a CC license)

August 11, 2014

Care of of the Commons. Care of the Soul

Sharing is the path to a greener, more peaceful world

Conservatives, progressives and everyone else likes farmers' markets, local food, mom-and-pop stores and other qualities of a thriving community. Can they all connect around the commons? (Photo of the Barberton, Ohio, Downtown Farmers Market by the Barberton Community Foundation under a Creative Commons license.)

July 15, 2014

The Conservative Case for a Commons Way of Life

Not socialism, not capitalism…Distributism seeks community power

A chart from the Ecuador Transition Plan by Michel Bauwens.

July 14, 2014

Commons Thinking Offers a Road Map to Transform Society

A frank but hopeful assessment of Ecuador’s bold move

"The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania", a painting depicting a scene from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream by Sir Joseph Noel Paton.

July 3, 2014

Reconnecting with the Subversive Power of Our Imagination

How Shakespeare and other avatars of the premodern can save us in the age of inequality and climate change

(Photo by Stephen Melkisethian under a Creative Commons license.)

June 17, 2014

Imagination to Action: Building Commons Movement From the Ground Up

An interview with OTC's Julie Ristau and Alexa Bradley

A logging camp in British Columbia. (Photo by Dru! under a Creative Commons license.)

May 28, 2014

Commons Way of Life vs. Market Way of Life

(Photo by Mkorsakov under a Creative Commons license.)

May 19, 2014

To Stop Climate Change, Start Calling It By a Different Name

Subconsciously, we warm to the idea of hotter planet

Lelalnd Maschmeyer is a creative director in New York City and author of The Triumph of the Commons.

May 14, 2014

You No Longer Have to Own Everything You Use

Leland Maschmeyer on creativity, sharing and the 21st Century Economy