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Community Life

Locally-based commons build the “social wealth” of our communities. It is therefore important to create and maintain an independent business sector, inviting public spaces, local agricultural initiatives, and other vital community systems.

(Photo by Toshihiro Gamo under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 27, 2015

What I Learned About Life From a Howling Dog

The spirit of the commons works in mysterious ways

In the Netherlands, older people bike at exactly the same rate as the rest of the population-- about 25 percent of all trips. (Photo by Amsterdamize under a Creative Commons license.)

July 27, 2015

Older Americans Rediscover Bikes

They pedal for fun, health, transportation and to enjoy a stronger sense of community

Universities and hospitals support local initiatives in Detroit's Midtown neighborhoods, such as the Summer in the City program held at Wayne State University.  (Photo by Summer in the City under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 27, 2015

Anchors a Way to Revive Struggling Cities

In Cleveland, Detroit, Syracuse and the Bronx, major institutions pitch in to help inner city residents

Image courtesy of Milwaukee Water Commons 

July 24, 2015

The Water That Made Milwaukee Famous

The new group Milwaukee Water Commons sets 8 goals for sustainability, equity and community

(Photo by Bruce Fingerhood under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 20, 2015

A Moveable Commons

The train is not only an easy, economical way to get places. It's also a convivial, pleasurable experience.

(Photo by Lee Morley under a Creative Commons license.)

July 20, 2015

Strengthening the Culture of Caring

Social exclusion and bullying rip at the fabric of the commons. Several new initiatives want everyone to feel they belong.

(Photo by Matt Karp under a Creative Commons license.)

June 24, 2015

National Walking Summit Make Strides Toward Healthier Future For All

People from across America gather in DC this fall to show why walking should be seen as a fundamental human right

(Photo by Ann under a Creative Commons license)

May 14, 2015

Sharing is Not Just For the Young

The Pass It On Network encourages elders draw on their strengths to help one another and their communities.