Who rules with which rules?

The Social Rules project directed by Paul Steinberg of Harvey Mudd College is a great project that shows the importance of rules and norms in every day live, especially in the context of sustainability. Besides a book, an animation they also provide a game. A great educational source. http://www.rulechangers.org   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXPkRIeW45c

Student projects

The students of the course “Rules, Games and Society” at Arizona State University use the book of this website, and they made some amazing videos. The task was to create a five minute video and apply concepts of the class to a specific topic. Here is a selection of the videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbRvCxvVmiYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhociZoQfg0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu_uZynicF0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNIAGvXQa7chttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36Bq7Vo_ci4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tggr7kOYOuQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjmJ0NYsLsMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyI1cEmipHs

Prevent a water crisis in Arizona

Recent rain events in the Phoenix valley may not allude to it, but there is a serious water scarcity in Arizona. The Arizona Community Foundation announced a $100,000 award for the best innovative campaign to make water scarcity and water use to be at the top of the political debate in Arizona. For more information […]

Governing a Mayan Forest

A great documentary on how indigenous communities in Guatemala are managing successfully their community forest of about 21,000 hectares. It is a nice example of self-governance and illustrates many of the design principles Elinor Ostrom found in her analysis of many case studies. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x243y3a_48-cantones-the-mayan-forest_people 48 Cantones: The Mayan Forest by jmollrocek

Norms on giving way to ambulances in India

Last December I experienced the traffic in India first hand. A big difference between the formal and informal rules!! One needs to honk the whole time to let people in front of you know you are there. People drive all kind of directions at the same time, and cows and other animals share the road […]

Defending the Global Commons

Defending the Global Commons is an on-going posted collection of essays and articles about the global commons of natural resources, basic services, public spaces and cultural traditions that may contribute to the “common good”, as the website puts it. This is one section of the online magazine from the Other Worlds organization. The Other Worlds […]

Educational Commons

The Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) is an open-source resource for educators, offering search tools for shared resources, guidelines and a framework for the development of shared resources, the Open Author software platform, evaluation rubrics and a variety of tools and information to […]

Towards a DNA commons?

23andme Inc. is a private for-profit organization that offers DNA analysis and information to individual consumers. DNA collection is collected through a $99 at home saliva sample collection kit that is then mailed back to the company for genome mapping and analysis. Individualized reports and personalized health recommendations are then delivered to the consumer over […]

On the Commons

On the Commons (OTC) was founded in 2001 and is a commons movement strategy center to help bring visibility to and build the commons movement, catalyze commons work, and encourage commons leadership. The site includes information and a number of features about the commons movement. The site includes monthly editions of Commons Magazine, featuring articles […]

Friends with benefits: P2P insurance

Technological development affects the way we can organize insurance. A new development is Peer to Peer insurance, which is basically a self-organization of customers to organize their insurance and bypassing the big insurance companies. This will lead to lower costs for the consumers since it does not pay for the large overhead of financial organizations. […]