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, 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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Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:40pm
How to Boost Biking and Walking Even Further in Your City
After being acclaimed as America’s best city for biking, what can you possibly do for an encore? Well, in the case of Minneapolis, you do even more bicycling—and more walking too.
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Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:57am
Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons
A breakthrough for the commons came in 2009 when Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for Economics. The first woman awarded this honor, the Indiana University political scientist not only made history but also helped debunk widespread notions that the commons inevitably leads to tragedy.
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Friday, October 28, 2011 - 8:56am
Why Are Bikes Being Targeted by Congress?
How in the the world can biking and walking be controversial?
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Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 9:54am
Beyond Hope: Where We Go After the Budget Deal Disaster?
I’ve been walking around in state of disbelief since hearing about the 11th hour budget deal reached between the White House and Congressional Republicans. It feels like a transformative moment in our history, the economic equivalent of December 6, 1941 or August 6, 1945.
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