In summer of 2015 I spent a week at a gathering on Cortes Island, in an archipelago known as the Discovery Islands off the British Columbia coast. You drive three hours up the east side of Vancouver Island (after first getting yourself to Victoria), then take an hour-long water taxi, weaving through channels and straits…

The core design principles used by PROSOCIAL were originally derived by Elinor Ostrom for groups that attempt to manage Common-Pool Resources (CPR) such as forests, pastures, fisheries, and irrigation systems. Ostrom and her associates studied CPR groups around the world and observed that some worked better than others.  Further analysis pointed toward the core design…