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posted August 01, 2010
In 2009, Elinor Ostrom received the Nobel Prize in Economics for her work on the governance of "common pool resources" -- water, grazing lands, trees, fish, cyberspace. Her book Governing the Commons has prompted us to try applying her list of principles to eight specific park issues in Toronto. This application is being documented in an Ostrom Workbook, now in preparation. The question to be addressed in our workbook is: if park users (including on-site staff) collaborate day-to-day with municipal management in shaping local parks, can park governance in Toronto improve?
On November 1, 2010, seven CELOS workers drove to Bloomington Indiana to meet with Professor Elinor Ostrom and her staff. They were very hospitable and we came away with lots more to think about.
From a commemorative blog about the Nobel Prize ceremony in December 2009:
Governance experiments elsewhere in Toronto: Ward 20 (Councillor Adam Vaughan)