Stories by Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper writes, speaks, edits and consults about creating stronger, more vital communities.  He is author of The Great Neighborhood Book and All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. His website:  subscribe to Jay Walljasper's feed

Posted on: Dec 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The good life means more than private property -- all of us have a stake in what we share together.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2010, Source: YES! Magazine

Portland may be the only large city to earn the League of American Bicyclists' coveted platinum status as a bicycle-friendly city, but they have even bigger plans.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A trip to the Netherlands offers insight into how American cities should transform our transportation culture and infrastructure to be bike-friendly.

Posted on: May 28, 2010, Source:

Drawing on indigenous Indian knowledge of geology, hydrology and ecology, Rajendra Singh helped to save a watershed.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2009, Source:

Privatization is steadily undermining the things we all depend upon -- libraries, transit, parks, water systems, schools and public safety.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2008, Source:

Mark Ritchie -- the man in the middle of Minnesota's Senate race recount -- is passionate about making sure every vote counts.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2008, Source: AlterNet

In the midst of a financial meltdown, a German brewery that's defying expectations raises questions about the role of government in the economy.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2008, Source:

A gathering of international thinkers, artists, and activists is inspiring a new revolution in the right to water and what belongs to the commons.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2008, Source:

As a recent example in Texas proves, what passes for "independence" these days is more like lazy and foolish.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2008, Source: Ode

Millions of deaths in developing countries can be prevented by access to basic health care. Some medical professionals are doing something about it.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2007, Source: Ode

A growing number of businesses are discovering that getting big is not the best measure of accomplishment. Which are the ones setting the trend?

Posted on: Mar 7, 2007, Source: Ode

A new movement called "beyond organic" aims to save land and communities. Is it the next ecological and social revolution or just another marketing tactic?

Posted on: Oct 16, 2006, Source: Ode

Burning jet fuel creates a large -- and growing -- share of greenhouse gases. But there may still be ways to see the world without harming it.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2006, Source: Ode

The European Court of Human Rights shows how justice can cross borders. It could be a model for the whole planet.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2006, Source: Ode

High-powered technology can manipulate reality and disseminate falsehoods on a scale never before seen.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2006, Source: Ode

Our greatest shortcoming in finding a solution to social problems may be the notion that there is only one.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2006, Source: Ode

From Copehagen to Bellevue, a movement has emerged to reclaim public spaces.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2006, Source: Ode

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake's theories turn everything we know about the universe inside out.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2005, Source: Ode

As millions of Asian citizens jubilantly embrace driving, some experts predict an enviro nightmare.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2005, Source: Ode

Has the power of TV and movies played a role in turning Americans away from cities and public spaces?