The year 2018 will mark fifty years since Garrett Hardin published his “Tragedy of the Commons” article in Science. His article helped to launch wide-ranging commons research and practice in many thematic areas, including water, forests, fisheries and marine settings; the global atmosphere; infrastructure, urban and rural areas; technology and software; and knowledge sharing and co-production.
This past half-century of scholarship has revealed what Hardin did not recognize: that a wide range of shared resources can be sustainably managed through commons governance approaches. Analysis of large-scale regional and global environmental problems through the lens of commons governance may offer pathways to alternative solutions to some of the most intractable problems facing society today.
In recognition of the past half-century of commons scholarship, and to raise awareness of the nature, practice, and potential of commons governance around the globe, the IASC organized a global “World Commons Week" from October 4–12, 2018.
The week consisted of three components: