Jenny DuVander is the communications director at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Jenny has a ten-year career in nonprofit communications, journalism, and science writing.

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Two decades of research into the management of what economists call common-pool resources suggests that, under the right conditions, local communities can manage shared resources sustainably and successfully. These revolutionary findings challenge the long-held belief in the “tragedy of the commons.” Instead, we have found that tragedy is not …

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