Category Archives: Elinor Ostrom

Tragedy of errors

I have signed up for email alerts from parliament when the words ‘common land’ are mentioned in Hansard.  And so I learnt of a reference to common land which was buried deep in a costive debate in the House of Lords on … Continue reading

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Prize for a plucky pressure-group

Two weeks ago in Edmonton I was thrilled to present the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Award to a most impressive organisation.  AMAN, the Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago, won the award for practitioners.  It works across Indonesia to defend community rights to the commons.   … Continue reading

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Finding the fruit

Do not be afraid to go out on a limb.  That’s where the fruit is. With these perceptive words, Camilla Widmark opened the third European conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) today in Umeå, Sweden. Camilla, … Continue reading

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Allotment conundrum

It’s always good to see the late Nobel laureate Elinor (Lin) Ostrom mentioned in the press, and quite surprising to see a reference to her in The Economist.  Lin was a great scholar of the commons and founder of the … Continue reading

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Lin’s legacy

On 5 June, on behalf of the Open Spaces Society I received the international Elinor Ostrom Award for the society’s work on commons.  This was at the 14th global conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons … Continue reading

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Bringing academia and collective action together on commons

I am in Japan for the 14th global conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons.  It is being held at Kitafuji, the northern slopes of Mount Fuji, which includes extensive commons and has recently been designated … Continue reading

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