We were sorry to learn of the passing of Elinor Ostrom at the age of 78 after a courageous battle with cancer. Ms. Ostrom was scheduled to speak on cooperative economics at the Imagine 2012 international conference taking place in Quebec City on October 6 to 8, 2012.
In October 2009, Elinor Ostrom was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize a prize she shared with Oliver Williamson for her exceptional contribution to the field of economics. She was also the recipient of the Frank E. Seidman Distinguished Award in Political Economy and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. She was a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University, the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University in Bloomington (United States), and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity at Arizona State University in Tempe. Ms. Ostrom's work includes such books as Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice (2007, with Charlotte Hess) and Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice (2010, with Amy Poteete and Marco Janssen).
The 2012 Summit team would like to acknowledge Elinor Ostrom's important contribution to the cooperative community and extend their sincere condolences to her family and friends.