The City as Commons: A Policy Reader

The City as Commons: A Policy Reader

By José Maria Ramos (editor)
Book Description

The City as Commons: a Policy Reader, brings together 34 contributions and 31 authors which explore policy options and strategies for creating cities as commons for urban development and transformation. Each contribution explores a different aspect of city commoning and proposes strategies and policy recommendations based on existing projects from around the world.

The ‘City as a Commons’—the idea of urban commoning—is an emerging body of ideas and practices, that have the potential to transform the ways in which we experience and shape our urban environments, and indeed world.

This reader attempts to bring various dimensions of urban commoning into one place, in a format that is easy to digest, communicate and advocate for. The intent of the project is to provide a resource for urban commons advocates, which helps them (you) to articulate and strategize urban commons transformation projects in a variety of areas. It is by no means complete, as the urban commoning movement has only just begun, and the scope of this ‘reader’ is limited to who has contributed. It is merely a step on the journey toward our cities as commons.

Contributions include:

  1. Design and the City Commons, Marco Bevolo

  2. Active Transit & City Commons: Putting People Back into the City & the City Back into Place, Anthony James

  3. Repurposing Public Spaces in a City as a Commons: the Library, Sandrina Burkhardt

  4. Heritage and City Commons, Marta Botta

  5. Sharing Cities: An Asset-based Approach to the Urban Commons, Darren Sharp

  6. Community Currencies and City Commons, Michael Linton

  7. Time Banks and City Commoning, Teppo Eskelinen

  8. Construction Waste Transformation and City Commons, Scott Boylston

  9. Platform Cooperatives for Democratic Cities, Nathan Schneider

  10. Coworking: Challenges and Opportunities for a Prosperous and Fair New Economy, Julian Waters-Lynch

  11. Orchards and the City as a Commons, Timothy Dolan

  12. Cosmo-localism and Urban Commoning, José Ramos

  13. City Commons and Energy Demand, Josh Floyd

  14. It’s Time to Create Chambers of Commons, David Ronfeldt

  15. Sharing Cities: Governing the City as Commons, Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman

  16. Devolved Commons Governance for Cities, David Week

  17. Anticipatory Governance and the City as a Commons, José Ramos

  18. A Civic Union, David Week

  19. Tax Reform for a Commons-based City, Karl Fitzgerald

  20. Tax Delinquent Private Property and City Commons, Paula Z. Segal

  21. Community Land Trusts, Karl Fitzgerald

  22. The City as a Regional Commons, Colin Russo

  23. Open Data and City Commons, Paula Z. Segal

  24. Human Service Directory Data as a Commons, Greg Bloom

  25. The Unseen City: Commons Oriented Cities and the Commons Beyond, Sharon Ede

  26. Culture as Commons, Arlene Goldbard

  27. Ubuntu as a Primer for City Commons, Charles Ikem

  28. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and the City as Commons, Cherie Minniecon

  29. Bologna Celebrates One Year of a Bold Experiment in Urban Commoning, Neal Gorenflo

  30. Milano, New Practices to Booster Social Innovation, Monica Bernardi

  31. The Emergence of Assemblies of the Commons, Maïa Dereva

  32. History and Evolution of the Chamber of Commons Idea, David Ronfeldt with Michel Bauwens

  33. Big Blue Sky: Re-igniting the Art of Citizenship, Christine McDougall

  34. Zaragoza Activa, an Ecosystem of Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Creativity, in an Old Sugar Factory, Raúl Oliván

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