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A Church of the Commons

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

Faith communities are also religious organizations, and those organizations emerged over a period of many decades, and developed (not accidentally) in parallel with the rise of America's industrial economy.

Pushing Privatized "Partnership" Agenda at New York City's Public Parks -- Part 3

Cathryn Swan | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

People are against parks being privatized, the commercialization and sanitizing of our parks, the overarching corporate influence on these public spaces, the public increasingly being denied access to their commons, the resulting lack of transparency and accountability, and so much more.

Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg's New York - Part I

Cathryn Swan | Posted 06.15.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not invent the concept of the "public-private partnership." But he has aggressively pushed "private money" within the New York City Parks system, particularly under former Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who left last year.

Texas Judge Rules the Sky Belongs to Us All

David Morris | Posted 07.26.2012 | Politics
David Morris

What a delicious irony if future generations could look back to Texas as the catalyst that ultimately afforded legal protection to the sky.

Scenes From an Airport Restaurant

Randall Amster | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Randall Amster

The convivial ethics of the picnic table, park bench, bus stop kiosk, and similar exemplars don't exist very much inside the spaces of consumption and conveyance that increasingly dominate our daily lives.

Is Mitt Romney a Commoner?

Jay Walljasper | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Jay Walljasper

Volunteers working largely outside the realm of government -- neighborhood organizations, fire brigades, blood banks and other civic initiatives -- are obvious examples of commons-based sharing and caring.

Twelve Reasons You'll Hear More About the Commons in 2012

Jay Walljasper | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Jay Walljasper

1. The Commons is Essential to Our Health, Security & Survival The Commons comprises valuable assets that belong to all of us. This includes: clean a...

The Military and the Commons

David Morris | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
David Morris

2011 is a historical moment. A worldwide movement has arisen to defend and expand the commons at the same time strong sentiment exists in this country that we cannot continue to police the world.

51 Ways to Spark a Commons Revolution

Jay Walljasper | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Walljasper

The commons is a fresh way of looking at political, economic, social and cultural life that means, in short, everything that belongs to all of us.

The State of Union Address President Obama Should Have Given

David Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Morris

This might be the time to face some hard truths. And the hard truth is that inequality is economically as well as socially harmful.

We Are All Presidential Speechwriters

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Beneath the strains of more government-less government, more spending-less spending, leave-me-alone versus the commonwealth lies the deeper question: what kind of society do we want?

How Obama and JFK Evoke the Ideals of the Commons

Jay Walljasper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Walljasper

In his speech on the shootings in Tucson, Obama was evoking -- perhaps not consciously -- the ideals of the commons, a very old idea being embraced by growing numbers of people as a new source of hope.

The Commons Offers Us a Chance to Revise the Political Debate

Jay Walljasper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Walljasper

Even in fallow political times like these when we can't expect much positive out of Washington, D.C., the emerging emphasis on what belongs to all of us can spark powerful projects at the grassroots level.

An Appeal From Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jimmy Wales

A decade after its founding, Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world, but it isn't commercial. It is a community creation, written by volunteers making one entry at a time.

An Obvious Distinction

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lawrence Lessig

As a "free culture warrior," I was a bit surprised to learn that, according to David Wallace-Wells in The Nation, I was in the business of "exhort[ing others] to piracy." Was I now, and had I always been, a pirate? There's a fallacy at the core of this argument.

What I Learned in Detroit

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

At the United States Social Forum in Detroit I concentrated on three areas: reclaiming the commons, organic farms and the end of mountaintop removal.

Oil Spills and Real Change

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

It's good that strip-mining, tar sands, hydro-fracking, oil spilling -- this flood of nightmares is scaring us silly. We're getting that energy extraction has consequences on this earth. What could be more important than that?