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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.

October 17, 2005

America’s Public Universities: “Public Control is Slipping Away”

America's public universities – the envy of the world – are quietly being privatized so as to serve corporate sponsors, rather than the public.
October 14, 2005

A Renaissance of the Science Commons

Scientific Renaissance: Academic scientists find a powerful new way to overcome relentless market enclosures — by creating a growing network of online commons.
September 30, 2005

A Path Forward

A brief commons manifesto.
September 29, 2005

Managing the Commons

Managing our assets: seven highly effective habits that would promote the commons and enhance our lives.
September 22, 2005


In Commons we trust: how an old idea could be depoloyed to protect our shared inheritance
August 10, 2005

Common Law and Public Trust

Americans vigorously defended parks and other public assets from privatization in the 19th century.
July 12, 2005

An Economic Theory of the Commons

A new economic theory of the commons challenges shows how traditional economists undervaluesthe importance of shared assets with a distinct bias in favor of private property.
June 21, 2005

Success Stories of Environmental Justice

Success stories of environmental justice from the developing world.
December 7, 2004

Paths into Our Lives

The emerging commons movement rises to challenge of market economy's Berlin Wall of enclosure.
November 8, 2004

The Commons as a Movement

A beginners guide to the commons. It is a bottom-up movement with growing potential to affect how people think about the future.