Commons Blog from Kim Klein!

The commons is a short, simple phrase that describes all the resources a community has rights or access to. Read Kim Klein and the Commons to find out more about the issues facing the commons and how it can become a bigger part of our daily lives. Recent posts address how community gardening in Detroit has enabled neighborhoods […]

Featured Movement Builder: David Bollier and the Viral Spiral

Check out this month’s featured movement builder!  David Bollier is an independent policy strategist, journalist, activist and consultant with an evolving public-interest portfolio.  His recent book, Viral Spiral: How the Commons Built a Digital Republic of Their Own, provides the first comprehensive history of the digital era as a global commons of techies, lawyers, artists, musicians, scientists, businesspeople, and […]

Kim Klein Featured on National Radio Project

In Tax Me, I’m Yours, Project Team member Kim Klein lends her expertise to the nation’s current tax structure and how it can be re-formatted to better serve the commons. Listen to the entire program as Kim weighs in on this important issue!

1+1=10: A New Equation for Social Change

The social change organization dilemma is, “we know we can’t do it all and yet what we do isn’t enough.” What is this dilemma? It’s that even if we executed our mission to perfection, it would not be enough to create the world we want to live in. So, some may say, then we have […]

Project Team Members React to Obama’s Win

Frances Kunreuther – New York, New YorkWhat a stunning historic moment. Last night it all happened so fast that I could hardly believe it when they projected that Obama would be the winner. Our guests screamed, drank champagne, and then hit the streets where horns honked, people hugged, and there was dancing in the street.  Later, […]

Half a Million Nonprofits Could Lose Their Tax Exemptions

An article by Suzanne E. Coffman, January 2009 Newsletter Did you know that in May 2010, half a million nonprofits could find themselves stripped of their exempt status? The IRS estimates that that’s the number of smaller organizations that have failed to file a Form 990-N. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires exempt organizations […]

Citizen Engagement as a Force for Social Transformation

What does it mean to be an engaged citizen?  Paolo Friere, the great Brazilian educator, said that we have a vocation, a calling, to be fully human.  This is a good summary of engagement – I am citizen of the world – I have rights and responsibilities to myself and others.  As we see all […]

Nonprofits and Democracy: Engage, Educate, Activate, and Assess

There has been a subtle shift in the last several years in the ways we talk about nonprofit organizations. The nonprofit sector is discussed as an important cornerstone of civil society, a site for civic engagement, a place to build social capital, and a measure of a democratic society. The emphasis on the blurring of […]

The ABC’s of U.S. Tax Policy: An Historical Perspective

Amata Miller, IHM, 1990 revised by Catherine Pinkerton, CSJ, 1997 From the days of George Washington to that of the present Administration, taxes have been a subject of national controversy. In his farewell address to Congress in 1796, our first President put the issue starkly before the legislators of the heavily indebted new nation: “It […]

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