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What is "The Commons"?
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"Like fish in water, we rely on the commons - for life, for play, for community. So why is the commons so neglected and ignored?" – Yes Magazine, summer 2001

(1) The Hidden Commons

(2) Resources for Commoners (great links)

(3) Reclaiming the Commons (Yes Magazine, summer 2001)

(4) Reclaiming the American Commons
Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth

(5) Common Assets Headquarters

(6) Capitalism and the Tragedy of the Commons

(7) The Tragedy of the Commons

(8) Managing the Commons

(9) Ecological Economics Books

(10) Whose Common Future (quotes from the book)

(11) Can the Information Commons Be Saved?

(12) Canada Well-being Measurement Act [valuing the commons]

(13) Grazing On The Commons: The Public Good Project (event, Nov 15, 2001, Toronto, Canada)

For more, search the web for: "social commons", "ecological commons", "tragedy of the commons", "green economics", "social capital", "intellectual commons", "information commons" "economic externalities", "environmental externalities", "negative externalities", "privatisation", "privatization" (quotes included).

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The Destruction of the Commons

"Our economic system has a fatal
design flaw: it conceals many of the
negative consequences of our choices,
labeling them 'externalities.'"

The Theft of the Commons:

The law arrests both man and woman
who steal the goose from off the common,
But lets the greater villain loose,
who steals the common from the goose.

– Anonymous (one source: )

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Groups & Organizations (concerned about the commons)

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There are hundreds or thousands of groups that are concerned about the commons in one way or another. Environment groups, anti-globalization groups, corporate watch, social justice groups, peace groups, etc. Here are just a very few that come to mind, with links to many more.

Toronto Public Space Committee – working to democratise our public spaces which have become dominated by automobiles, advertising and private interest. We need to level the playing field by reducing corporate visual pollution and increasing independent expression on our streets. For our collective health and safety, we are also dedicated to reducing our city's dependance on the private automobile by encouraging the use of clean and safe modes of transportation.

Ideas That Matter

Council of Canadians

Links to many more

Environmental groups (click on "networks")

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