Through her research, she demonstrated how common resources - forests, fisheries, oil fields or grazing lands - can be managed successfully by the people who use them, rather than by governments or private companies.
"What we have ignored is what citizens can do and the importance of real involvement of the people involved - versus just having somebody in Washington ... make a rule,"
distill the essentials of harnessing cooperation to overcome selfish interests.
"What she did was to convince us, those of us who studied the other system - the experts, the state and the markets - to learn to appreciate the creativity of the local communities," McGinnis said. "Her work cut through ideology in a way that is frankly not very prevalent in today's public discourse."
Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold)
6/12/12 11:20 AM
Mourning the passing of Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate, leader in understanding the commons, collective action centredaily.com/2012/06/12/