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  • Highland City Club Library 885 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO, 80302 United States (map)

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Steve Smith. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Member Monday 6/11: Tragedy Of the Commons

The dilemma known as the tragedy of the commons is so straightforward as to be almost self-evident i.e. the exploitation of any limited resource by individual parties in furtherance of maximizing their own self-interest  which collectively serves to deplete or even exhaust said resource to the ultimate detriment of all. What is the tragedy of the commons? - Nicholas Amendolare - YouTube. That resource could be anything that represents a finite limit, from fish in a pond (the simple YouTube example), agricultural land, building acreage, neighborhood park, access to education, roads/parking, or even pollution/climate warming at the global (yet still finite) level.

Describing the dilemma is quite different than solving it, the topic of our next Member Monday (6/11) discussion.  The Tragedy of the Commons: How Elinor Ostrom Solved One of Life’s Greatest Dilemmas. We will draw upon the biological world, social science, and some core design principles to see if there might be a more organic way to address this fundamental problem without resorting to hard core regulatory solutions.

How might all this be accommodated within a capitalistic system? 


Delicious Lunch and Program in the Library

Members $20

Member paid for Guests $25

Self Paying Guests $30

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Earlier Event: June 8
Highland City Club Happy Hour
Later Event: June 12
Jeff Sidwell Lunch Talk