Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper, editor of OnTheCommons.org and author of All That We Share and The Great Neighborhood Book, writes widely about cities, community, sustainability and travel. On The Commons is a commons movement strategy center.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 9:03am
Common Ground: It's All Happening at the Park
Parks stand as the foremost symbol of the commons because they are literally common ground—a place where everyone can come and rub shoulders, interact, share an experience, get to know one another better. They are the foundation of community and democracy.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:39pm
Mitt Romney: What Is This Man Planning for America?
As the presidential campaign reaches fever pitch—with Super Pac attacks appearing constantly on TV and both candidates sharpening their debate zingers—I feel guilty about my growing obsession with it all.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 9:01am
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Great Public Spaces
It’s a dark and wintry night in Copenhagen, and the streets are bustling. The temperature stands above freezing, but winds blow hard enough to knock down a good share of the bicycles parked all around.
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Monday, July 2, 2012 - 1:31pm
America The Possible: A Manifesto For A Brighter Future
In America the Possible : A Manifesto —a riveting two part excerpt in Orion Magazine from a forthcoming book— environmental strategist and scholar Gus Speth crafts a practical agenda for the future of the American Dream that brims with optimism, decency and common sense.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 8:30am
Commons Champion: Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012)
Elinor Ostrom, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in economics for her lifelong work studying how communities share resources, died June 12. She was 78. The only woman out of 69 Nobel Laureates in economics honored since 1969, Ostrom taught political science at Indiana University.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 9:00am
Bicycle Brilliance and the Greening of America’s Streets
You can glimpse the future right now in forward-looking American cities—a few blocks here, a mile there where people riding bicycles are protected from rushing cars and trucks.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 2:09pm
How Cities Can Learn to Ride Bikes
From a bicyclist’s perspective, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Randstad—a part of the Netherlands encompassing Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague—seem to have little in common. There’s hardly a hill anywhere in this Dutch region, while a trip around the Bay Area feels like a roller coaster ride. But a closer look shows plenty of similarities.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:53pm
The Boom in Biking Benefits Everyone, Not Just Bicyclists
For the past year powerful voices around Washington have singled out programs to improve biking and walking as prime examples of wasteful government spending.
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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 12:25pm
Celebrating 'All That We Share'
Annie Leonard is one of the most articulate, effective champions of the commons today. Her webfilm The Story of Stuff has been seen more than 15 million times by viewers. She also adapted it into a book .
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Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 7:16am
12 Reasons You'll Be Hearing More About the Commons in 2012
1. The Commons is Essential to Our Health, Security & Survival
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