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How to Spark a Commons Revolution

May 07, 2011 By: NCVeditor Category: Community, Culture, Ecology, Family, Jay Walljasper

What You Can Do to Make a Better World

by Jay Walljasper

E.F. Schumacher (author of Small is Beautiful) gave us some good advice about how to restore the commons when he said, “Perhaps we cannot raise the wind. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.” Even in these tough times, the breeze of change is beginning to blow.

The following is a handy list of ways you can raise the sail in your own community and life, reprinted from the new book published by On the Commons, All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. These simple suggestions are offered to encourage you to find more of your own ideas, and to implement them in your lives and communities.

Personal Life

1. Challenge the prevailing myth that all problems have private, individualized solutions.

2. Notice how many of life’s pleasures exist outside the marketplace— gardening, fishing, conversing, playing music, playing ball, making love, enjoying nature and more. (more…)