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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.

"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

(Photo by College360 under a Creative Commons license)

May 7, 2014

Commons 101

A reading list from activist and scholar Peter Linebaugh

Photo courtesy of PM Press

April 14, 2014

Stop, Thief!

Hisotrian Peter Linebaugh on commoning and our rich tradition of resistance to attacks on the commons
March 18, 2014

Sharing Revolution

Download our guide to the essential economics of the commons
February 8, 2014

How We Turned the Tide on Climate Change

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