Monday, March 7, 2011

Power to the commons

Something amazing has just happened. For the first time ever in Canada, perhaps in North America, property can be owned by a community – not just by a government, a corporation, a private individual or even a group of specific individuals. The Gabriola Commons has created an agreement which allows a piece of land to be owned by all of us, as the people who are residents of Gabriola Island in British Columbia. Gabriola owns The Commons despite not having municipal status - and the British Columbia government has officially approved the notion.

I find this very encouraging. Changing ownership is most likely one of the most powerful drivers to change society.

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