Commons Framework

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Legal Structures for Protecting the Commons

From trusts to co-ops, six practical forms of “commons ownership”

The Commons Exchange: An Alternative to "Next Steps"

A new way to galvanize ideas into action
Articles on Commons Framework
January 6, 2014

Five Lessons About the Commons

...which filmmaker Barbara Allen draws from the work of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom for her new film about them
May 24, 2013

Protecting Drinking Water by Preventing Pollution in Upstream Communities

Latin American water leaders discuss commons approach for safe water
April 25, 2013

A Review of Shiney Varghese's "Water Governance for 21st Century"

Lessons from Water Trading in the U.S. and Australia
March 26, 2013

Fighting Climate Change by Divesting from Fossil Fuel Companies

350.org's Fossil Free campaign can help us re-establish our connection to community and the commons
January 8, 2013

It's All Happening at the Park

More than ever, we need common ground where all kinds of people can interact, learn and have fun
November 29, 2012

Reclaiming the Great Lakes as a Commons

A new approach to protecting water for everyone--including future generations
October 24, 2012

The Reemergence of Social Charters

Another tool for reclaiming the commons
September 1, 2012

What We Can Do to Protect the Great Lakes

Creating a commons charter to govern management of the lakes will protect the public interest
August 11, 2012

Low-income People Need Public Spaces the Most

Parks, squares, sidewalks, transit, schools and community centers are commons that can be used by all
Ripple Lake
August 3, 2012

Water Commons. Water Citizenship. Water Security.

Tales of commons management from around the world
May 25, 2012

Waterkeeper Alliance Declares Great Lakes a Shared Commons

A new resolution passed by the international organization founded and chaired by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
May 16, 2012

Our Home on Earth

Winona LaDuke outlines lessons from indigenous cultures for restoring balance
May 8, 2012

The Role of Commons Animateurs

Illuminating new possibilities and solutions
Annie Leonard
May 4, 2012

An Introduction to Animating the Commons

Who are commons animateurs--and how do they exercise leadership for social change?