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the cookie orchard

Megan Betz

The twelve students worked through Ostrom's eight principles for successful common pool resource (CPR) management & created the rules for their chocolate chip cookie orchard, a renewable resource with significant yields. They created a democratic process that would result in punishments for over-consumers and leave enough cookie left over for a second harvest. The result? Five cookies shared; one used for future plantings. And strict sanctions on their community membership. Weren't in class today? Well, no share in next week's harvest. Took more than your share? You're putting in extensive work to earn back your right to participate. Took more than your share again? You're suspended. Strike three, you're out. For good.

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