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Economy and Markets

Conventional economic theory fails to account for the pivotal role of the commons in generating and distributing wealth. It is important to understand the limits of individual property rights and pay attention the wide benefits coming from the commons sector of the economy.

By Alfredo Mendez under a CC license from flickr.com

November 21, 2014

Debating the Sharing Economy

Is this sharing's big breakthrough? Or business as usual?

By Susan Sermoneta under a CC license

November 18, 2014

The Great Promise of Social Co-Operatives

A practical alternative to corporate economic control already exists. It is more efficient and more responsive to people's needs

(By Dale Calder under a Creative Commons license.)

October 1, 2014

Linux for Lettuce

Revolutionizing American agribusiness from the ground up, one seed at a time

A Southern town that broadens government role in promoting the common good.  (Photo by J. Stephen Conn under a CC license)

September 11, 2014

The Little City That Could

Somerset, Kentucky bucks big corporations by selling its citizens gasoline at lower costs

Minnesota Governor Floyd Olson was elected on a platform advocating that resources be "operated democratically for the benefit of all the people".

August 13, 2014

A Great Old Idea for the New Economy

A Cooperative Commonwealth vision, which created Canada's healthsystem, is still powerful today

(Photo by Martin Dewar under a Creative Commons license.)

June 16, 2014

Ecuador Takes First Step Toward a Commons Economy

Government sponsors research on how to transition to commoning and open networks
April 13, 2014

How Sharing Can Shift the Spirit of the Times

Shareable magazine co-founder Neal Gorenflo says the sharing economy will help us create the kind of future we want to live in
April 11, 2014

How to Revive Low-Income Neighborhoods

Tap the power of local commons-based institutions like hospitals and colleges
March 18, 2014

Sharing Revolution

Download our guide to the essential economics of the commons
January 28, 2014

Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?

Living wage laws, foreclosure reforms and public banks show promise