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Taking a part

So who enjoys being on committees? The prospect of community collaboration is haunted by the spectre of meetings, minutes, legal status, insurance etc. This is off-putting for even those inured …

They think it’s all over

The hard way


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Digging the commons, man

How Thomas’ inner hippy saved the commons with a spot of help from the high-born Last week I was abruptly awakened by a loud noise. I elbowed my snoring Thomas …

We can be heroes

Here & Now

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Uncommonly good food

Ploughshare: Chagfood members agree that in a difficult growing season the members might get a smaller split of the produce. Take farmers, distributors, fishermen and a few spreadsheets, throw them …

Commons Sense

Practically Utopian


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Time to lace up

Heliotropy: “We will grow taller, stronger and faster when motivated by things that are light and full of positivity.” The climate change statistics look grim. Charmian Love and Gillian Benjamin …

The right chemistry

Hard stuff

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What economic reform thinking might have looked like if we’d bothered to do it.

Here I am back… in the Treasury like a recurring decimal – but with one great difference. In 1918 most people’s only idea was to get back to pre-1914. No …

Out of the shadows

The human touch


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State legislatures shore up Obamacare with 2020 prospects uncertain

While the Democratic Party determines where it wants to go next on health care — whether it’s Medicare for All, Medicare for America, or any one of the other 2020 …

Past Events

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The Nobel Factor: The Prize in Economics 50 Years On

We know that although economic theory may be speculative,  its impact is powerful and real. Since the 1970s, it has been closely associated with a sweeping change around the world—the …

The Foundational Economy

Long Reads

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Industrial policy, then and now

Victoria Chick compares two texts on industrial strategy that are separated by 90 years and are worlds apart in their concern for the public good. Introduction After 40 years of …

The space between us