Reclaiming the Commons

 Building Community Wealth by Expanding the Public Domain

2018

2017

2016

2011

2008

2007

The Green Divide

Margot Lystra
The Next American City, issue 14, Green Building

Race, Wealth and the Commons

Dedrick Muhammad and Chuck Collins
Poverty & Race, volume 16, number 3

2005

2004

2003

2002

2000

The Electronic Commons

Paul Starr
The American Prospect, Online Edition

1999

1998

2009

2007

2006

2004

2003

2002

2001

2017

Re-imagining Value: Insights from the Care Economy, Commons, Cyberspace and Nature

Heinrich Boil Foundation and David Graeber

What is “value” and how shall we protect it?  It’s a simple question for which we don’t have a satisfactory answer...read more

2015

Online Platforms for Exchanging and Sharing Goods

Anders Fremstad
Economics for Equity and the Environment Network

This case study evaluates the economic, social, and environmental effects of three online platforms. Craigslist provides an online market for local secondhand goods such as vehicles, furniture, appliances, and electronics. Couchsurfing matches travelers with hosts around the world who welcome guests into their homes. NeighborGoods helps people borrow and lend household goods free of charge. Together these case studies provide an overview of the role of online platforms as future economy initiatives. 

2009

2008

2007

2006

Copyright, Commodification, and Culture: Locating the Public Domain

Julie E. Cohen and Lucie Guibault and P. Bernt Hugenholtz, editors
The Future of Public Domain: Identifying the Commons in Information Law, pages 121-166

Network Rules

Susan Crawford
Working Paper 159

Open Access in the United States

Peter Suber and Neil Jacobs, editor
Open Access: Key Strategic, Technical and Economic Aspects

2005

Paying for Public Goods

James Love, Tim Hubbard and Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, editor
Code: Collaborative Ownership and the Digital Economy, pages 207-229

2004

Is the Commons a Movement?

David Bollier
conference on The Wizards of OS3: The Future of the Digital Commons

2003

2002

Can the Internet Rescue Democracy? Toward an On-line Commons

Peter Levine and Ronald Hayduk and Kevin Mattson, editors
Democracy’s Moment: Reforming the American: Political System for the 21st Century, pages 121-137

2001

2000

1998

2017

Reclaiming Public Services

Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean and Lavinia Steinfor
The Transnational Institute

This new report from the Transnational Institute (TNI) explores how localities across the globe are fighting privatization through the “re-municipalization” of goods and services. Drawing on 835 examples in 45 countries, the report finds that public ownership offers greater efficiency, affordability, and democratic control in sectors ranging from healthcare to energy. The report synthesizes trends in public ownership and includes detailed infographics on the findings. 

 

2016

2013

How to Design Our World for Happiness: The commons guide to placemaking, public space, and enjoying a convivial life

Jay Walljasper

This collection of essays, drawn from excerpts in Commons Magazine, is intended to improve our understanding of the “commons” and “placemaking” movements that aim to restore a sense of place in communities, while promoting public space and engagement. Focusing on community assets, these movements promote an integrated approach to urban planning that seeks to create public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being. The collection includes best practice examples — ranging from Bogata, Colombia to the Netherlands to Boston — of strategies for building community and reclaiming public and open space.

2008

2007

Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change

Reid Ewing, Keith Bartholomew, Steve Winkelman, Jerry Waters, Don Chen, Barbara McCann and David Goldbert

2006

The State of the Commons

Peter Barnes, Jonathan Rowe and David Bollier

The Commons Rising

David Bollier, Jonathan Rowe and edited by Peter Barnes and Seth Zuckerman

When you hear the phrase “the commons,” you might think of a medieval town where peasants graze sheep, but the commons of the 21st century is much more hi-tech. From wi-fi to broadcast spectrum to the Internet, a new commons is rising.

2005

2000

The Green Divide

Margot Lystra
The Next American City, issue 14, Green Building

Race, Wealth and the Commons

Dedrick Muhammad and Chuck Collins
Poverty & Race, volume 16, number 3

The Electronic Commons

Paul Starr
The American Prospect, Online Edition

Re-imagining Value: Insights from the Care Economy, Commons, Cyberspace and Nature

Heinrich Boil Foundation and David Graeber

What is “value” and how shall we protect it?  It’s a simple question for which we don’t have a satisfactory answer...read more

Online Platforms for Exchanging and Sharing Goods

Anders Fremstad
Economics for Equity and the Environment Network

This case study evaluates the economic, social, and environmental effects of three online platforms. Craigslist provides an online market for local secondhand goods such as vehicles, furniture, appliances, and electronics. Couchsurfing matches travelers with hosts around the world who welcome guests into their homes. NeighborGoods helps people borrow and lend household goods free of charge. Together these case studies provide an overview of the role of online platforms as future economy initiatives. 

Copyright, Commodification, and Culture: Locating the Public Domain

Julie E. Cohen and Lucie Guibault and P. Bernt Hugenholtz, editors
The Future of Public Domain: Identifying the Commons in Information Law, pages 121-166

Network Rules

Susan Crawford
Working Paper 159

Open Access in the United States

Peter Suber and Neil Jacobs, editor
Open Access: Key Strategic, Technical and Economic Aspects

Paying for Public Goods

James Love, Tim Hubbard and Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, editor
Code: Collaborative Ownership and the Digital Economy, pages 207-229

Is the Commons a Movement?

David Bollier
conference on The Wizards of OS3: The Future of the Digital Commons

Can the Internet Rescue Democracy? Toward an On-line Commons

Peter Levine and Ronald Hayduk and Kevin Mattson, editors
Democracy’s Moment: Reforming the American: Political System for the 21st Century, pages 121-137

Reclaiming Public Services

Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean and Lavinia Steinfor
The Transnational Institute

This new report from the Transnational Institute (TNI) explores how localities across the globe are fighting privatization through the “re-municipalization” of goods and services. Drawing on 835 examples in 45 countries, the report finds that public ownership offers greater efficiency, affordability, and democratic control in sectors ranging from healthcare to energy. The report synthesizes trends in public ownership and includes detailed infographics on the findings. 

 

How to Design Our World for Happiness: The commons guide to placemaking, public space, and enjoying a convivial life

Jay Walljasper

This collection of essays, drawn from excerpts in Commons Magazine, is intended to improve our understanding of the “commons” and “placemaking” movements that aim to restore a sense of place in communities, while promoting public space and engagement. Focusing on community assets, these movements promote an integrated approach to urban planning that seeks to create public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being. The collection includes best practice examples — ranging from Bogata, Colombia to the Netherlands to Boston — of strategies for building community and reclaiming public and open space.

Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change

Reid Ewing, Keith Bartholomew, Steve Winkelman, Jerry Waters, Don Chen, Barbara McCann and David Goldbert

The State of the Commons

Peter Barnes, Jonathan Rowe and David Bollier

The Commons Rising

David Bollier, Jonathan Rowe and edited by Peter Barnes and Seth Zuckerman

When you hear the phrase “the commons,” you might think of a medieval town where peasants graze sheep, but the commons of the 21st century is much more hi-tech. From wi-fi to broadcast spectrum to the Internet, a new commons is rising.