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How to teach ... climate change ("kids will suffer the wrath of CC so they have to learn it properly")

How to teach ... climate change ("kids will suffer the wrath of CC so they have to learn it properly") | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
Climate change is a rich topic to explore in the classroom. From science and geography to politics, it's an area with roots in a range of subjects and can be a great source for debate

Climate change takes on added significance this week as thousands of people across the UK take part in Climate Week, a national campaign to raise awareness of the issue and steps that can be taken to address it.

This week we have a collection of resources to help your students explore the wider issue of climate change and its potential impact.

For secondary pupils, start with the Met Office's Guide to Climate Science. It answers a range of questions including: what is weather; what is climate; has our climate changed before; and what could be the impact of future climate change around the world? The guide is accompanied by a Weather and Climate presentation and teacher's notes. There is also aClimate Zones Poster that helps explain how human activity is leading to changes in weather and climate.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, March 5, 2:32 AM

For teachers and advocates, here is a collection of relevant teaching materials:

"This week we have a collection of resources to help your students explore the wider issue of climate change and its potential impact."

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Weatherwatch: Carbon released in the Phil might never be recovered - The Guardian ("more coming")

Weatherwatch: Carbon released in the Phil might never be recovered - The Guardian ("more coming") | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
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Weatherwatch: Carbon released in the Philippines might never be recovered
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Millions of uprooted trees will bump up global warming, by adding carbon to the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Haiyan has brought environmental disaster too. Millions of uprooted trees will bump up global warming, by adding carbon to the atmosphere. It is too early to say how much carbon, but calculations for previous tropical cyclones show the figures can be huge. In 2005Hurricane Katrina released an estimated 105 teragrams of carbon (well over half the amount absorbed annually by forests in the US), by tearing up around 320m trees. Haiyan's tally may be even higher, as the Philippines has greater average tree cover than the eastern US.

But longer term forest regrowth may recapture the lost carbon. A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters shows that hurricane activity caused a net release of carbon in the eastern United Statesduring the latter half of the 19th century (due to a string of large storms and the existence of larger forests), but became a carbon sink by the 20th century (as regrowth outweighed hurricane damage).

Climate projections suggest tropical cyclones may become stronger and more frequent over coming decades. If that is the case then the carbon released by Haiyan and subsequent cyclones may never be recovered.


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Facebook contemplates tracking your mouse cursor

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Facebook is reported to be contemplating a technology that will allow it to track the cursor movements of its users.

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Facebook is reported to be contemplating a technology that will allow it to track the cursor movements of its users.

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Why Organizations Fail

Why Organizations Fail | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it

We've fostered generations of managers with robust analytical skills and poor social skills, and we don’t seem to think that matters.


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We've fostered generations of managers with robust analytical skills and poor social skills, and we don’t seem to think that matters.

 

The irony is that human beings are built to mentally "reset" and see the world socially anytime they enter a new situation. However, modern humans tend to value analytical over social thinking, and so we tend to override that natural behavior.

The system for thinking socially and the system for thinking about goals and concepts function like a neural seesaw. When you engage one region, it dampens the activity of the other.

 

We are deeply social beings, with social needs mattering more than physical needs in many situations. As Lieberman describes in Social, Maslow may have been wrong: Social is not up the pyramid, it is right down there at the base with physical needs. Until this insight makes its way into how we design our institutions, we may continue to see less than 30% of people in our organizations actively engaged in their work, and a number of our most important institutions failing.

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Terence R. Egan's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:05 AM

 

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For a long time, we believed that people were rational, logical agents, driven by self-interest, greed, and desire. In recent years, we have begun to realize that people have another driver that is of equal, if not greater, importance: the drive to be social.

 

The studies tell the story:

a)  Giving to charity activates the brain's reward system more than winning money.

b)  Painkillers like Tylenol relieve social pain the same way they relieve physical pain.

c)  Being socially rejected can lower your I.Q. score by 20% and cut your GRE score nearly in half.

d)  Seeing a friend regularly has the same effect on our well-being as making an extra $100,000.

e)  Volunteering to help others regularly produces the same increase in well-being as making an extra $50,000.

f)   When an employee meets a person who benefits from their work, that employee can double their productivity.

g)  People will pay $30,000 to be recognized as a high-status employee.

h)  And, finally, being socially connected is literally as good for your health as quitting smoking.

 

Social activity matters more than we have realized. Yet institutions and organizations, from political systems to hospitals, schools and corporations, have been built based on a different set of beliefs:

a)  that people are motivated by money,

b)  that physical -- not social -- health is most important

c)  and that social needs are "nice to have."

 

A boss who knows what his staff members really care about will be able to develop a better team environment.

 

We are deeply social beings, with social needs mattering more than physical needs in many situations. Maslow may have been wrong: Social may not be up the pyramid, it may be down at the base with physical needs. Until this insight makes its way into how we design our institutions, we may continue to see less than 30% of people in our organizations actively engaged in their work.

 

Cath Daley's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:44 AM

Some of our long-held beliefs about human motivation may be wrong....

Cath Daley's curator insight, December 12, 2013 7:09 AM

and it really all comes down to the ability to be flexible with your communication so that you can interact with evryone in a way that reduces conflict and increases buy in.

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Students Install the World's First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

Students Install the World's First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
The world's first solar panel pavement by Onyx Solar you can walk installed at George Washington University.

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Wanted: Truly innovative Sustainable Business Models

Wanted: Truly innovative Sustainable Business Models | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
The promise of business-model innovation has long captivated the sustainability field, generating plenty of hype.

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Along with product and process innovation, we urgently need to make fundamental changes to business models – and the systems that support them – to meet our current and future sustainability challenges. Companies have the opportunity to use their unique foresight and influence to improve their own competitive positions and lead the way to better business models for others.

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Marco Torregrossa and the Euro Freelancers Team's curator insight, September 22, 2013 7:30 AM

SustainAbility and GlobeScan’s just-released report, Changing Tack, reveals an urgent need for fundamentally different approaches to creating, delivering and capturing value

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Why the internet of things gives us a second chance to define digital trust and privacy

Why the internet of things gives us a second chance to define digital trust and privacy | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
The internet of things is a new world for technologists and consumers, but it also represents an opportunity to change some of the things we got wrong about the web when it comes to trust and privacy.

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More Than 800,000 Scientific Papers In One Beautiful Infographic

More Than 800,000 Scientific Papers In One Beautiful Infographic | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it

ArXiv is an online archive that stores hundreds of thousands of scientific papers in physics, mathematics, and other fields. The citations in those papers link to one another, forming a web, but you're not going to see those connections just by sifting through the archive.

So physicist Damien George and Ph.D student Rob Knegjens took it on themselves to create Paperscape, an interactive infographic that beautifully and intuitively charts the papers.

The infographic is a mass of circles. Each circle represents a paper, and the bigger a circle is, the more highly cited it is. The papers are color-coded by discipline--pink for astrophysics, yellow for math, etc.--and papers that share many of the same citations are placed closer together.


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Jay Ratcliff's curator insight, September 6, 2013 1:35 PM

This is cool!  It is like the map of the Internet done last year sometime.

I lucked out and found the section about SNA in the lower left hand side of the map.  Look for Network under the Quantitative Finance section, go figure.

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Future factories let workers build a car from home - New Scientist

Future factories let workers build a car from home - New Scientist | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it

THE factories of the future will look very different from those today, with not a person in sight. Instead, workers will log into robot-assisted manufacturing "cells" to make what they want from the comfort of their own home. You won't even need to be employed by the factory: people on online social networks will be able to log in and set laser cutters and 3D printers to work, bashing out gadgets to order.

 




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Arian Cymru (Money Wales) » Bird's Eye View by Bernard Lietaer

Arian Cymru (Money Wales) » Bird's Eye View by Bernard Lietaer | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
Money is like an iron ring we’ve put through our noses. We’ve forgotten that we designed it, and it’s now leading us around. I think it’s time to figure out where we want to go — in my opinion toward sustainability and community — and then design a money system that gets us there.

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Financial Enclosure of the Commons

Financial Enclosure of the Commons | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
Created page with " =Description= Sectoral overview: By Antonio Tricarico: ==FOOD, LAND, AND AGRICULTURE== "After the first food crisis, financial speculators such as hedge funds managers ..." New page =Description= Sectoral overview: By...

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Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic)

Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic) | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it

For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future.

 In the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned “arcology” - a word that combines “architecture” and “ecology," with a goal of building structures to house large populations in self-contained environments with a self-sustaining economy and agriculture. “In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri)
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luiy's curator insight, July 8, 2013 7:42 AM
For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future as giant structures that contain entire metropolises. To some, these buildings present the best means for cities to exist in harmony with nature, while others forsee grotesque monstrosities destructive to the human spirit. In the mid-20th century, engineer and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller imagined city-enclosing plastic domes and enormous housing projects resembling nuclear cooling towers. These ideas are impractical but they explore the limits of conventional architectural thinking.  Science fiction writers and artists often imagine future architecture that oppresses the human spirit. Megastructures such as the pyramid-like Tyrell Buildings of “Blade Runner” dominate a decrepit skyline. The decaying old city is simply covered with layers of newer, larger buildings in a process of “retrofitting.” Beginning in the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned a more humane approach. The word “arcology” is a combination of “architecture” and “ecology.” The goal is to build megastructures that would house a population of a million or more people, but in a self-contained environment with its own economy and agriculture. “In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri) In 1996, a group of 75 Japanese corporations commissioned Soleri to design the one-kilometer-tall Hyper Bulding, a vertical city for 100,000 people. Existing in harmony with nature, the Hyper Building was designed to recycle waste, produce food in greenhouses, and use the sun’s light and heat for power and climate control.  The structure was designed for passive heating and cooling without the need for machinery. An economic recession put the brakes on the project and it was never built. Soleri’s arcology concept is being put to the test in the Arcosanti experimental community being built in Arizona. Construction began in 1970. When complete the town will house 5,000 people. Buildings are composed of locally produced concrete and are designed to capture sunlight and heat. To be built in the desert near Abu Dhabi, Masdar is a 2.3-square-mile (6 sq km) planned city of 40,000 residents. Buildings are designed to reduce reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning, and the city will run entirely on solar power and renewable energy. Begun in 2006, the project is planned for completion around 2020-2025.
Fàtima Galan's curator insight, July 9, 2013 5:44 AM

Amazing and beautiful analysis!! Believe it or not, the science fiction also has something to teach us about the city of tomorrow.

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Appreciative Inquiry: ROI - Change Managenent Services

Appreciative Inquiry: ROI - Change Managenent Services | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
Whenever we decide to go through a change effort we must become aware of all the time, energy (emotional and physical) and resources any change takes (Great blog on appreciative inquiry and how you can use it to change your organization in a positive...

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Appreciative Inquiry: ROI - Change Managenent ServicesWhenever we decide to go through a change effort we must become aware of all the time, energy (emotional and physical) and resources any change takes
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A New U.S. Grand Strategy - Innovation's Next Frontier

A New U.S. Grand Strategy - Innovation's Next Frontier | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it

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An important strategic imperative for the U.S. via David Cooperider (founder of Appreciative Inquiry and consultant to many institutions): 

finding a new vision to lead a shared meaning and narrative for the world. Long read, I cannot do justice to his words.

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David Cooperrider's curator insight, November 24, 2013 10:12 AM

America needs a purpose. And it needs to call on the best from our past.  Something that can unite us in a new grand narrative of shared meaning, and at the same time wake our economy out of this contained depression we are in.  

 

The strategic landscape of the 21st century has finally come into focus. The great global project is no longer to stop communism, counter terrorists, or promote a superficial notion of freedom. Rather, the world must accommodate 3 billion additional middle-class aspirants in two short decades -- without provoking resource wars, insurgencies, and the devastation of our planet's ecosystem. For this we need a strategy. So say my great friends, Patrick Doherty and Col. "Puck" Mykleby, former marine who worked for the Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mullens.

 

As they put it: 

 

"In the face of the present danger and in the best tradition of the republic, America's response must be to lead. The country must put its own house in order and, with willing partners, author a prosperous, secure, and sustainable future. The task is clear: The United States must lead the global transition to sustainability."

 

For example in the arena of Resource productivity: To bring 3 billion new middle-class aspirants into the global economy requires a revolution in resource productivity. Energy and resource intensity per person will have to drop dramatically -- while simultaneously delivering on the improved income and lifestyle expectations that come with global connectivity.

 

That revolution will drive the logic behind a new engine of innovation in material sciences, engineering, advanced manufacturing, and energy production, distribution, and consumption. In the United States, the high-wage, high-skill jobs emerging from this revolution will restore and strengthen America's middle class for decades.

 

America has never confronted a global challenge of the type or magnitude it faces today. If it does not change course, the United States will be racked by violent storms -- both figurative and literal -- as the global order breaks down. The country cannot delay. For a few short years, it has a window in which it can choose an incredibly prosperous 21st century, but that window will close. It is time once more to lead the world through difficult change."

 

Read this whole article. Not once but twice. Its an amazing call to action. But lets ask all the great strategy thinkers out there, from Henry Mintzberg to Michael Porter to Peter Senge and many others: How might we design a process where this notion of grand strategy can become not a wonderful report on the shelf, but an activating "live" process of engaging a whole country--regions, cities, corporations, communities-- in developing a shared thesis, a critical consensus, and a larger strategic capability to transform vision into reality--together?

 

 

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The Personal Secrets Which Should Be Off Limits to Marketers

The Personal Secrets Which Should Be Off Limits to Marketers | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
Where should companies draw the line in collecting information about us in their efforts to sell things? For example, should they catalog medical ailments or physical attributes such as obesity? What about religion, race, or sexual orientation?

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The Personal Secrets Which Should Be Off Limits!

Where should companies draw the line in collecting information about us in their efforts to sell things? For example, should they catalog medical ailments or physical attributes such as obesity?

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Securing Economic Strength Through Education

Securing Economic Strength Through Education | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
A spirit of collaboration across organizations is producing significant achievements. ("@Chevron: We advance #STEMeducation through partnerships.

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Why You Must Open Your Doors To All Stakeholders

Stakeholder engagement breaks the hold of corporate demonization. Your first objective, when dealing with outraged activists, can be summed up in one word: humanize.

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Twitter / TatsianaPouzhyk: The meaning of Life.... ...

Twitter / TatsianaPouzhyk: The meaning of Life.... ... | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
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Life is the greatest journey you will ever be on!

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Edgar Schein : Organizational Culture and Leadership

Edgar Schein : Organizational Culture and Leadership | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
Edgar Schein is Sloan Professor of Management Emeritus at the Sloan School of Management at the MIT. With this book, Organization Culture and Leadership (4th Edition), the author has published a su...

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 Organization Culture and Leadership

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The Influence Landscape: The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers

The Influence Landscape: The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
What will be the impact on your business of changing global trends such as: shifting macro economics, social and geopolitical trends, globalization, the increasing influence of the BRIC nations, climate change, food/water and other resource...

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Thanks to all for sharing. Just came across this article on influence which may also be of interest: http://blogs.imediaconnection.com/blog/2013/10/01/is-influence-dead/
Sebastien Caron's curator insight, October 19, 2013 3:10 PM

The Social Business transformation have brought to the enterprise, properties of political systems. Therefore, mapping and monitoring your network of influencers should become part of your operations. 

Matthew Quetton's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:25 PM

Insightful article of how you can map and manage the influence within your business ecosystem.

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Introducing empathy

Introducing empathy | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it

More than twenty years ago, scientists made a breakthrough that altered our understanding of human behavior in fundamental ways: they discovered empathy. While observing a group of monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells were activated both when one member of the group grabbed a peanut and when he or she watched others do the same. Later found to exist in human beings, these “mirror neurons” explain why we wince when we see someone fall off a bike or stub a toe.

 

The discovery of mirror neurons has challenged our understanding of everything from language and philosophy to psychotherapy. According to neuroscientistVilayanur Ramachandran, they are the source of the first forays by human beings into complex social behavior, and thereby form “the basis of civilization.”

 

Today, empathy seems to be everywhere.

 

Michael Zakaras and  Lennon Flowers 

 


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The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing | McKinsey & Company

The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing | McKinsey & Company | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it

In manufacturing, the potential for cyber-physical systems to improve productivity in the production process and the supply chain is vast. Consider processes that govern themselves, where smart products can take corrective action to avoid damages and where individual parts are automatically replenished. Such technologies already exist and could drive what some German industry leaders call the fourth industrial revolution—following the steam engine, the conveyor belt, and the first phase of IT and automation technology. What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for manufacturers—and what will it take to win? To discuss the future of manufacturing, McKinsey’s Markus Löffler and Andreas Tschiesner recently sat down for a conversation with Siegfried Dais, deputy chairman of the board of management at German engineering company Robert Bosch GmbH, and Heinz Derenbach, CEO of Bosch Software Innovations GmbH.


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The Internet of Things and the future of manufaturing and logistics!

It is highly likely that the world of production will become more and more networked until everything is interlinked with everything else. And logistics could be at the forefront of this shift.

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Directory of Cryptocurrencies

Directory of Cryptocurrencies | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
Created page with " See the List of alternative cryptocurrencies at https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/List_of_alternative_cryptocurrencies =Directory= == Major == #Bitcoin (BTC) #Namecoin (NMC) #Li..." New page See the List of alternative cryptocurrencies...

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Governance Framework for the Energy Commons

Governance Framework for the Energy Commons | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it
Created page with " * Report: THE ENERGY COMMONS: A Governance Framework for Climate Stability and Energy Security. By Charles Elworthy, 2011.

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READ THIS -- Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy That Makes Everything Else Work - WhoWhatWhy

READ THIS -- Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy That Makes Everything Else Work - WhoWhatWhy | ecoNVERGE® – Inspire • Harmony • Balance | Scoop.it

The commons, simply put, is everything not claimed as private or governmental property. It is the multitude of wonderful things we all share, but rarely consider. The commons includes things you can see and touch, as in beach and mountain, but it is also conceptual. It exists when we decide to work together for a common interest rather than in pursuit of individual gain. Some of us, in our own battles in our communities, have long been fighting for the commons—and didn’t even know it.

 


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The commons is under constant assault.

Inch by inch, Jefferson’s vision for America is turning upside down. Centuries ago the concept of private property emerged as a means of liberation. It helped break the shackles of royal power and served as a bulwark against the state. But as Jefferson intuited, taken too far, private property becomes another version of what it once opposed.

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