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Most elements of the commons are global, transcending the sovereignty of any nation. There is a pressing need for international agreements on managing common resources such as air, water, the internet, airwaves and other essential parts of our lives. Examples of tags: global commons, trade, economic development.

(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.

(By Lindsay France, courtesy of Cornell University) 

April 18, 2015

“Better, Not More” Is Rallying Cry for a New Economy

Filmmaker Annie Leonard outlines the necessity and challenges for the movement

Bear Butte, sacred to 30 Indian tribes in North America. (By Clint Koehler under a Creative Commons license)

March 10, 2015

Saving the World’s Holy Places

A narrow interpretation of what’s sacred limits efforts to protect natural treasures

(Photo by uusc4all under a Creative Commons license)

February 17, 2015

Taking "Development" Into Your Own Hands

Philippine villagers ignore progress that saps the life of their community

(By Catholic Church of England and Wales under a Creative Commons license)

January 19, 2015

Vatican Lauds Commons in Fight Against Climate Chaos

The coming Encyclical from Pope Francis to emphasize Catholic teachings on protecting future generations

By the Catholic Church of England and Wales under a CC license. 

December 16, 2014

Will Pope Francis' Humanitarian Values Shape Church Policies?

“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral--and not simply an economic--act.”

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
November 10, 2014

Mexico's Maverick Commoner

Gustavo Esteva voices provocative views on human rights, economic development and flush toilets 

October 20, 2014

Mexico's Maverick Commoner

Gustavo Esteva challenges conventional wisdom with a worldview based on indigenous culture, Marx and Small is Beautiful

A chart from the Ecuador Transition Plan by Michel Bauwens.

July 14, 2014

Commons Thinking Offers a Road Map to Transform Society

A frank but hopeful assessment of Ecuador’s bold move