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The Commons

The Fabulous Future of p2p Economics, Commerce and Democracy

Jules Peck | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Jules Peck

I've just returned from an eye-opening, mind-expanding week in Leipzig at the 4th Annual global Degrowth congress. This vibrant gathering brought together over 3,000, mostly young, 'prosumer' activists and practitioners from a variety of new economy movements.

Commons Care: How Wrong Was Garrett Hardin?!

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

We come to see natural treasures no longer as merely divisible property but as gifts protected by boundaries we create and honor, knowing that all life depends on their integrity. The shift is underway.

Southern Ocean Sanctuary a Slaughterhouse

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 03.23.2013 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

"The War Against Nature" and the great whales must end after this 2013 season. No country has the right of entitlement to destroy the ocean -- our commons and our birthright -- especially in an international sanctuary.

The Post Office and the Dollar Store: A Common Sense Holiday Tale

Russell C. Smith | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Russell C. Smith

Some lawmakers and people in big media have promoted the notion that since the U.S. Post Office is losing money, it must be privatized.

Life, Death, and Taxes: How Language Impacts Reinvention and Motivation

Russell C. Smith | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

You can't have death without life, and you can't pay taxes unless you're a part of something bigger than yourself.

America the Possible: A Manifesto for Our Children

Jay Walljasper | Posted 09.25.2012 | Green
Jay Walljasper

In America the Possible: A Manifesto, environmental strategist and scholar Gus Speth crafts a practical agenda for the future of the American Dream that brims with optimism, decency and common sense.

The Department of Reinvention: Communication, Compassion and Future Visions

Russell C. Smith | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Russell C. Smith

It's time to stop pretending the same dead-end solutions will solve problems in the digital age.

A Secret Inheritance Is Being Stolen From You Right Now

Jay Walljasper | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green
Jay Walljasper

If we continue to plunder the commons so a privileged few can rack up record profits and give nothing back -- we can no longer think of ourselves as a land of opportunity.

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.

Report From the Future: Rise and Fall of Libertarian Utopia

Jay Walljasper | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jay Walljasper

If you were looking for a place that symbolized the triumph of libertarianism in the early years of the century -- the abiding faith that economic competition represents the only path to the good life -- Cato, Texas, would be it.

The Common Good

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

I enjoyed the holidays in an old farm house nestled on a pastured hillside in the western part of the Catskill Mountains. The state park is our neigh...

Elections 2010: Money Can't Buy You Love

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan F.P. Rose

This week's election showed the Tea Party on the rise, America more deeply split, taxes and public spending in the crosshairs, with "me" winning out ...

Beyond Band-Aids For Our Broken Economy

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Our economic policy should cultivate worker- and community-owned businesses that not only keep workers in jobs but keep the profits from their work in their profits.

A Nobel Prize for Sharing the Commons and Avoiding the Tragedy of Copenhagen

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

Elinor Ostrom's work won her the Nobel Prize in Economics but it could have significant impact on the environment, if applied to fisheries, groundwater, the ozone layer, public forests and oceans.

Why Ostrom's Nobel Is Even More Shocking Than Obama's

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Randall Amster

Make no mistake, despite the somewhat tame Nobel committee description, Ostrom's body of work is inherently radical, demonstrably anti-corporate, and implicitly socialistic.

Avatar and the Commons

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Reverend Billy

John Wayne's shoot-em-ups helped the American public learn to handle imperial war. Avatar is an inverted western.

Waxman-Markey Property Rights to the Sky ? Part 3 Interview with Economist James Quilligan

Christiana Wyly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christiana Wyly

Greening all of the world's businesses and our consumer habits through the economic signals of the marketplace will not change the energy base of civilization from fossil fuel.

Water Wars: Arrowhead Water Vs. Colorado Residents

Los Angeles Times | DeeDee Correll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The conflict is the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle against the bottled water industry, which has enjoyed strong growth over the last decade than...

Tomorrow's Info Today: Staying Ahead of the News Cycle

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Randall Amster

From now on, I will only get my news from future-based sources, and thus seek to remain ahead of the curve. Outlandish, you say? Impossible? You are obviously so behind the times.

Water, Water Everywhere? Sustaining Scarce Resources in the Desert

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Randall Amster

It's one thing when the desert is bereft of water, but the marshlands? The nation's agricultural leader? Major cities? Whole continents? And this is only the beginning.