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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

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July 22, 2021

The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom

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In the 1970s, the accepted environmental thinking was that overpopulation was destroying the earth. Prominent economists and environmentalists agreed that the only way to stem the tide was to impose restrictions on how we used resources, such as land, water, and fish, from either the free market or the government. This notion was upended by Elinor Ostrom, whose work to show that regular people could sustainably manage their community resources eventually won her the Nobel Prize. Ostrom’s revolutionary proposition fundamentally changed the way we think about environmental governance.

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June 28, 2021

Tactics for a Cooperative Digital Commons

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We discuss how software is a commons, what the cooperative movement can learn from Silicon Valley, and how cooperative tech projects can scale up.

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May 24, 2021

What the History of Commoning Reveals

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Peter Linebaugh on the history of the commons.

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April 15, 2021

Cities Beyond Bureaucracy

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Urban researcher Nikos Vrantsis interviews Yavor Tarinski, author of Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology, on the current bureaucratic state of cities and the democratic perspectives offered by autonomous urban movements. 

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January 25, 2021

Saving Farmland, Supporting Farmers

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Agrarian Trust has started ten Agrarian Commons in the US, in an attempt to make community-supported, collectively stewarded farmland available to younger farmers

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October 8, 2020

A Growing Democracy Project

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The Growing Democracy Project is a cultural and political program for developing a legion of everyday citizens who can generate enough collective power to make democracy the dominant political force in our country. The strategy is to produce persistent and effective citizen action to solve shared problems at all levels of our society. The means is continuous development of participants’ “habits of the heart” and skillful means.

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January 9, 2020

The Art and Culture of the Commons

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A look at the many groups working at the intersection of arts, culture, and the commons movement.