Published late on 7⁄14
Reading Enclosure Public Goods
both from Wikipedia
Discussion - does a historical perspective add anything to our
definitions of the commons, how about the possible ways of managing
the commons. On enclosure - note the changing dynamics of the
economy in England - the shift toward sheep farming; the importance
of historical particularity - it’s clear that many different forms of
enclosure were pursued and many forms of commons governance as well.
Reading Notes About the commons
The commons is a new way to express a very old idea—that some forms of wealth belong to all of us, and that these community resources must be actively protected and managed for the good and all.
The commons are the things that we inherit and create jointly, and that will (hopefully) last for generations to come. The commons consists of gifts of nature such as air, oceans and wildlife as well as shared social creations such as libraries, public spaces, scientific research and creative works.