Best recognized for her research into the management of common pool resources, Ostrom broke new ground with her findings that Commons were not inherently tragic, as previous generations of economists believed. In fact, Ostrom found examples of communities that could effectively manage limited resources, like agricultural land or open space, to prevent resource depletion.
Her work paved the way for researchers studying internet communities to explore how norms are established and cooperation is achieved.
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A powerful obituary of Elinor Ostrom from the Guardian
Excerpts from Ostrom’s landmark work Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action
Ostrom was a tireless worker. Here is an opinion piece published the day of her death, Green from the Grassroots
Peter Suber reflects on some of Ostrom’s work in Knowledge as a public good
Creative Commons photo courtesy of US Embassy of Sweden
Creative Commons music this week from Cordafonia
This week’s episode produced and edited by Daniel Dennis Jones