The Importance of the Commons

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In an earlier post, Sacred Economics 2, I alluded to the commons. The commons refers to things we hold in common—things that belong (or should) to all of us. Many are nature-based: the oceans, rivers, air, and our topsoil, but public spaces and language are also examples of commons. According to On the Commons, “The commons is the essential form of wealth that we inherit or create together, and which must be shared in a sustainable and equitable way. Ranging from water to biodiversity to the Internet…the commons provides the foundation of our social, cultural, and economic life.”

Our Common Wealth bkThe reference to the commons in Sacred Economics made me pick up Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy That Makes Everything Else Work, by Jonathan Rowe (his is a site well worth checking out—tons of interesting, challenging, and thought-provoking articles). I highly recommend this short book (123 pages) that…

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