The Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA (Main Exhibition Hall)

My practice is systems design, and my field is nonprofit resource sharing. A former musician and curator, I have found my greatest happiness as a supporter of people who work for social good and, more broadly, as an advocate for resource sharing in the nonprofit or commons sector.

I believe that the solutions to our most persistent social problems are best solved by the commons sector and not as readily by government or the private sectors, though the latter have roles to play.

Sharing, in particular commoning, is at the core of my interests. I believe that commoning practices support equity and inclusion, and ultimately foster greater flourishing and proliferation of human vision and purpose. My work is also inspired by ideas drawn from American Pragmatism, Cooperative Management, New Localism, and the Applied Behavioral Sciences.

My formal education was in music performance, musicology, and history and philosophy of science. My informal education has been through the pursuit of many projects, all in the commons sector, where I continue to enjoy the work of designing, building, and passing on to new stewards.

In addition to advocating for ideas I consider urgent, I am a volunteer governor for American Nonprofits, the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, Nonprofit Centers Network, and the Overbrook Farms Club, the oldest civic association in the country.

Philadelphia’s historic Overbrook Farms neighborhood is home, where my husband and I are happy stewards of the Ernest Leigh Tustin house, built in 1913 by one of the city’s great voices for public education, social justice, and commonweal.

— Thaddeus Squire