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Economic growth that depends upon depleting nature is not “progress,” but wanton destruction of a vital commons. Our mission is to draw attention to this theft of commonly owned wealth and promote ways to restore natural ecosystems through better commons management systems.

December 12, 2011

At Last, A New Story for the Future

Bill McKibben's introduction to OTC's book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons
November 2, 2011

Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons

Nobel Prize winner headlines the Minneapolis Festival of the Commons, co-sponsored by On the Commons
October 2, 2011

Elinor Ostrom's 8 Principles for Managing A Commmons

OTC co-sponsers a Commons Festival featuring the Nobel Prize winner Oct. 7-8 in Minneapolis
September 8, 2011

Our Last Chance: Listen to the Wombat

Everything we need to know can be learned from a fuzzy marsupial starring in this video
September 6, 2011

Trusts: A Uniquely Commons Form of Ownership

Not private, not government, they preserve resources for the public good
August 28, 2011

Hundreds Arrested in D.C. Tar Sands Protests

Greens pressure Obama to do the right thing on risky pipeline
August 17, 2011

The Planet Strikes Back

The commons becomes our stage for stopping crimes against the Earth
July 23, 2011

Ni Guh Izhichigay Onji Niibi

"I will do it for the water." Reflections from the Mother Earth Water Walk
July 5, 2011

Congress Threatens to Scrap Successful Bicycle Projects

Bike programs make more sense than ever in a time of rising gas prices and budget woes