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

The Power of Sharing Hits the Streets

January 17, 2014
How bike sharing benefits even people who already own bikes

Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

January 15, 2014
Rising water costs aggravate low-income families' problems

Enliven Public Spaces in 5 Easy Steps

January 14, 2014
Common sense advice for improving your favorite place

The National Treasure in Your Neighborhood

January 13, 2014
City parks are part of the fabric of happy lives

The Story of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom

January 10, 2014
Barbara Allen, a longtime student and friend with access to their personal papers, chronicles the Ostroms' life and work in a new film

Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change

January 7, 2014
A new book champions the commons-based Public Trust Doctrine for saving the earth

2013: The Year Bike Sharing Came of Age

December 26, 2013
Once dismissed as a hippy-dippy dream, bike sharing is now reality in New York, Chicago and other cities

Ostrom’s Nobel Prize a Milestone for the Commons Movement

December 16, 2013
Her honor debunked the belief that cooperation and collaboration lead to tragedy

8 Principles for Managing A Commmons

December 16, 2013
Based on her extensive work, Elinor Ostrom offered solutions for how to govern commons sustainably and equitably

Walking as a Way of Life

December 8, 2013
A new movement for health and happiness depends on creating more commons where we can easily walk

Building the Good Society

November 25, 2013
Notes toward a political platform for the commons

A Vision for Architecture as More Than the Sum of Its Parts

November 11, 2013
How Modernist Fundamentalism degrades the human and natural environment