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

Goldman Sachs Embraces Small Businesses in PR, But Not in its Portfolio

October 30, 2013
Community banks lend 1000 percent more to Main Street

Discovering the Good Life

October 27, 2013
Measure your quality-of-life with the commons checklist

Art for Everyone's Sake

October 26, 2013
Notes on creativity as a commons

Are Bike Lanes a White Thing?

October 26, 2013
What forward-looking cities are learning about race, equity and building better bike lanes

How One Farmer Protects His Land from Fracking

October 20, 2013
Stephen Cleghorn enacts a Rights of Nature easement on his Pennsylvania farm

The Forgotten Idea That Shaped Great U.S. Cities

October 17, 2013
How the Single Tax movement boosted equity & prosperity during the Progressive Era

Renew the Commons, Recharge Your Life

October 9, 2013
Take time to hear, see, feel and share what’s all around us

Getting America Back on Its Feet

September 29, 2013
Launching a walking movment to strenghten our health and communities

A Powerful Commons Tool We Overlook

September 25, 2013
Informal social customs often work better than laws in Influencing good behavior

Save the Planet, Starting on Your Own Block

September 5, 2013
Local efforts are the backbone of global green activism

Four Circles of Judaism Help Us Live the Commons

August 27, 2013
Open space, the Sabbath, sabbaticals and Jubilee

A Multitude of Wonderful Things We Share But Rarely Consider

August 26, 2013
A treasury of Jonathan Rowe's insights