Building Community

Jay Walljasper comes to M&Q Monday, April 4, at 7:30pm, to discuss new book All That We Share. The book is a wake-up call that will inspire you to see the world in a new way. As soon as you realize that some things belong to everyone–water, for instance, or the Internet or human knowledge–you become a commoner, part of a movement that’s reshaping how we will solve the problems facing us in the twenty-first century.

Edited by award-winning journalist Jay Walljasper, All That We Share is an indispensable introduction to fresh ideas that touch all of us. Filled with practical solutions for today’s economic, political, and cultural issues, it’s a much-needed and thoroughly accessible field guide to the new world of the commons. Including success stories from communities across the country and around the world, this book is for anyone seeking new ways of thinking about our shared values.

“I have been studying the commons for several decades now; to my surprise and delight this wonderful book taught me many things I didn’t know.”–Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift and Common as Air

Jay Walljasper is the editor of the book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. He is a Fellow at On the Commons–a movement strategy center, connecting organizations, community leaders, and individuals with new ideas, practical solutions, and each other to create change–and co-editor of its website, He is also a contributing editor of National Geographic Traveler, Senior Fellow at Project for Public Spaces, an Associate of the Citistates group and a cities columnist for He was editor of Utne Reader for fifteen years, during which the magazine was nominated three times for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He is author of The Great Neighborhood Book and co-author of Visionaries. He writes widely about travel, cities, ecology and politics.

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