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Session 5: Jay Walljasper, “Fork in the Road: City of Cato”

ATTACHMENT 5-6 Read Aloud Fork in the Road:  City of Cato Excerpt from Jay Walljasper:  State of the Commons 2035, Notre Dame University Magazine, Summer 2010.   … The rediscovery of the commons prompted people to think more about what really mattered to them. This cultural shift can be seen most vividly in a town […]

Session 5: Three Stories of the Commons

ATTACHMENT 5-5 Read Aloud Three Stories of the Commons First Reader:  Water Water is one of the most ancient and important commons we have.  Do you have memories of a favorite swimming hole or spring?  Did you grow up watering a vegetable garden or playing in the spray of a hose?     From communal wells […]

Session 5: Examples of the Commons

ATTACHMENT 5-4 Examples of the Commons     Water                                               Downtown Air                                                     Public Health and Sanitation The Airwaves                                  Shakespeare National and Public Parks             The Oceans Sidewalks                                        Quiet Genetics                                          History Seeds                                              The Night Sky Blood Banks                                    Social Security Community Gardens                      Crafts Bees                                                 Scientific Knowledge Jazz                                                  Folk Tales Libraries                                           Mass Transit Artistic Traditions                            Neighborhood Groups Fire Departments                            Non-Profit […]

Session 5: What is the Commons

ATTACHMENT 5-3 What Is The Commons?   The Commons is the vast wealth of natural and human achievement that we inherit together and have an obligation to pass on, undiminished, to future generations. The Commons is like a river with three tributaries: nature-based, culture-based, and community/societal.  The natural commons includes air, water, seeds, and biodiversity.  […]

Session 3: Richard Heinberg, “The End of Cheap and Easy Oil” and Bill McKibben, “What is Climate Change?”

ATTACHMENT 3-7A Reading Richard Heinberg, Fellow / Post Carbon Institute: The End of Cheap and Easy Oil (aka Peak Oil, or Oil Depletion)   Oil is a non-renewable resource, so it is subject to the low-hanging fruit principle of resource extraction:  we find and use the best first, and leave the hard, expensive stuff for […]

Session 3: Ecological Change and Our Economic Security

Introduction:  Ecological Change and Our Economic Security In our first two sessions, we have examined how the economy is going through deep changes.  In Session 2, Borrowed Times, we examined the role of debt in our lives and the larger economy.   In this session, we will examine the ways in which our economic future is […]

Session 2: Living in Borrowed Times

Opening Reading Session 2: Living in Borrowed Times   How Did They Get Away With It? Business writer Gretchen Morgenson (in conversation with Bill Moyers), March 26, 2010. In sunny economic weather the banker readily lends you an umbrella — but then asks for it back when it rains.  So now it’s raining, and […]

Session 1: Causes of the Economic Meltdown

Pass-Around Read-Aloud Part 1: How Did We Get Here? In the fall of 2008, the economy came close to a total collapse.   Economic stability was brought about through massive bailouts, a stimulus bill to create jobs and government guarantees.  But while the economy was temporarily rescued from free fall, it hasn’t been fundamentally fixed. This […]

Don’t Get Fooled Again! Organize a Party to Watch “Inside Job” this April 1st

The big banks and lax regulators sure did fool us once – don’t let them get away with it again! This April Fools Day, organize a “Don’t Get Fooled Again” party with neighbors and friends.

We’re in This Together by Chuck Collins

As our economy continues to decline, “common security clubs” are one way people can support each other and take action for a more just future. ONE EVENING LAST NOVEMBER, Connie Borbeau encouraged several people gathered in a church parlor to talk about what, for many, is a frightening and deeply isolating topic. “How is the […]