Readings & Links

Articles and Essays


by Jonathan Rowe

The published articles of Jonathan Rowe are now collected on this website.

Here are a few of our favorites:

The Commons

The Hidden Commons   YES! June 2001

How Commerce Consumed the Commons  YES! November 2005

Prozac or Park Benches?  The Ecologist April 2007

The Parallel Economy of the Commons   State of the World   2008

Down Among The Economists   Adbusters July, 1999

The Stupidity of Conventional Economics

If The Economy Is Up Why Is America Down?   Atlantic    October 1995

Our Phony Economy   Harpers    June 2008

Consuming Illness   The National     January 9, 2009

“Recycle Circus: The Commerce of a Community”    On The Commons   April 24, 2007

It’s the Economy, Stupid      Pacific Sun     October 2008

Recommended Books

To Know A Place: Local Knowledge About The Land

  • Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California Natural Resources – M. Kat Anderson
  • Gardening with a Wild Heart – Judith Larner Lowry
  • The Landscaping Ideas of Jays – Judith Larner Lowry


Online Forums

Commons Connect Forums provide a virtual gathering place to those who live and work in the West Marin Community. (Access to this local online forum is limited to those who work and live in the geographical area outlined here.)

A single registration allows community members to post local events on the Community Calendar, to post items of immediate importance on Alerts, and to access all of the forums including:

  • West Marin Soapbox: Campaigns, Causes, and Discussions
  • Over-the-Hill-Gang: Rides and Errands
  • West Marin Share: Reuse materials; share information and services -  a money free zone
  • West Marin Marketplace: rentals; things and services for sale
  • Tending the Wild Collaborative: An Ethnobiology Project
  • Local Food System Initiative: Food and garden related shares and information
  • Think Local West Marin: Appreciation and applause for our neighbors
  • Commons Connect Tech Support: Help with our Web site features
  • Volunteering Opportunities in West Marin: Help our local non-profits





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