Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper, Senior Fellow at On the Commons and editor of, created OTC’s book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. A speaker, communications strategist and writer and editor, he chronicles stories from around the world that point us toward a more equitable, sustainable and enjoyable future. He is author of The Great Neighborhood Book and a senior associate at the urban affairs consortium Citiscope. Walljasper also writes a column about city life for and is a Senior Fellow at Project for Public Spaces and Augsburg College’s Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning. For more of his work, see

Stories by Jay Walljasper

Piazza Verdi in Bologna, a city incorporating commons practices into its government operations. (By Tyler Durdan under a Creative Commons license)

City as a Commons: Flint to Italy

February 8, 2016
200 activists flock to Bologna to how the commons can be incorporated into city governance

(By AJ Shroetlin under a creative commons license)

MDs Now Prescribe Walking to Boost Your Health

January 21, 2016
A compelling reason to keep that New Year’s resolution to be more active

Kids on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. By Yesy Belajar Memotrek under a Creative Commons license. 

Every Community Should be Safe for Walking

November 17, 2015
That's the mission coming out of National Walking Summit: Equal access to healthy lifestyles

By Russell Mondy under a Creative Commons license 

Walking is a Fundamental Human Right

October 23, 2015
But some people are kept indoors by unsafe roads, crime and racial profiling

By Pedro Ribeiro Simoes under a Creative Commons license 

Easy Steps to Walking More

September 29, 2015
The Surgeon General says it's important to our health. Here's how to make it a natural, pleasurable part of your life

By Scott Beale under a Creative Commons license

Surgeon General's RX for Better Health: Walk More

September 12, 2015
Why it's good for us, our communities, the environment and the economy

In the Netherlands, older people bike at exactly the same rate as the rest of the population-- about 25 percent of all trips. (Photo by Amsterdamize under a Creative Commons license.)

Older Americans Rediscover Bikes

July 27, 2015
They pedal for fun, health, transportation and to enjoy a stronger sense of community

(Photo by Matt Karp under a Creative Commons license.)

National Walking Summit Make Strides Toward Healthier Future For All

June 24, 2015
People from across America gather in DC this fall to show why walking should be seen as a fundamental human right

The streets of Albert Lea. (Courtesy of Blue Zones)

Little City on the Prairie Steps It Up

April 30, 2015
Healthy habits rejuvenate community life in Albert Lea, Minnesota

(By Lindsay France, courtesy of Cornell University) 

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

April 18, 2015
Filmmaker Annie Leonard outlines the necessity and challenges for the movement

(By Garry Knight under a Creative Commons license)

Save the Planet By Unleashing Our Dreams

April 12, 2015
The role of the imagination in social change

Neighbors explore their community in Phoenix, one of many towns around the world hosting Jane's Walks in early May. (By David Crummey under a Creative Commons license)

Take a Walk on the Jane Side

March 29, 2015
Celebrate spring with an exploration of your neighborhood in honor of community champion Jane Jacobs