The Commons Rising

David Bollier, Jonathan Rowe and edited by Peter Barnes and Seth Zuckerman

When you hear the phrase “the commons,” you might think of a medieval town where peasants graze sheep, but the commons of the 21st century is much more hi-tech. From wi-fi to broadcast spectrum to the Internet, a new commons is rising.

Enterprising Organizations: New Asset-Based and Other Innovative Approaches to Solving Social and Economic Problems: Highlights from a forum on Social Enterprise

Alan Abramson, editor

In May 2005, The Aspen Institute, in collaboration with the Democracy Collaborative, convened practitioners, investors, foundation donors, elected officials, scholars, and reporters to generate ideas on how to advance community wealth building efforts. This report provides highlights from the discussion that ensued.