In a new book chapter for the World Sustainability Series, Connor Harron and Blum Center Director Richard Matthew explore how Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize-winning work can be applied to developing sustainable agricultural approaches. 

Analyzing the case of an agricultural community in Costa Rica, they align instances of resilience and fragility with Ostram’s principles of prosocial design. The authors propose creating prosocial co-operatives that will facilitate a return to more sustainable approaches to food prodcution. This, in turn, allows humans to “live fulfilling and meaningful lives … and use delicious, nourishing food to foster connections.”

Interested in reading the full book chapter? Read it here.