Sparking a "commons" revolution
But magazines come up less frequently. When one is recommended to me, it is usually “Yes!” and, less frequently, “The Sun."
Both are ad-free, which speaks to their editorial independence and to why they have a progressive following.
I don’t subscribe to “Yes!” but I’m certainly aware of it. When it gets mentioned in conversation, I feel slightly guilty and out of the loop. To make amends I visit its web site and vow to buy a news stand copy.
(Actually, after today's visit, I was inspired to subscribe.)
This morning, just before I set out to do our “Usual Suspects” one-hour-a-month neighborhood clean-up, I visited the “Yes!” site. The first thing to catch my eye was a great list, “51 ways to spark a commons revolution.”
I’ve been trying to spark a “commons revolution” ever since I moved to my neighborhood nearly 25 years ago.
My major spark, among lesser ones, has been to start a community newspaper. The first was with an ink-and-paper publication that was (and is) called “The Southwest Community Connection.”
After I sold it, I started the on-line Hillsdale News.
Curiously, starting a community newspaper wasn’t on the 51 “sparks” list although #33 urged writing letters to the editor and posting on local web sites.
It’s worth noting that your community needs an editor before you can write a “letter to the editor.”
So add #52 to the list. “Start a community newspaper — on line and/or off.”
As I headed out the door for the clean up, I was heartened to know that I was also setting off a couple of other "sparks" in the revolution. Namely:
#12. “Treat commons spaces as if you own them (which, actually, you do). Keep an eye on the place. Tidy things up. Report problems or repair things yourself. Initiate improvement campaigns”
#35. "Pick up litter that is not yours."
You can see entire Yes! list of 51 ways to spark a revolution in your community HERE.
It's worth the visit, a first stop on the way to getting to Yes!