Ownership vs. Stewardship

By Jaxson

  • Ownership

    Ownership is the state or fact of exclusive rights and control over property, which may be an object, land/real estate or intellectual property. Ownership involves multiple rights, collectively referred to as title, which may be separated and held by different parties.

    The process and mechanics of ownership are fairly complex: one can gain, transfer, and lose ownership of property in a number of ways. To acquire property one can purchase it with money, trade it for other property, win it in a bet, receive it as a gift, inherit it, find it, receive it as damages, earn it by doing work or performing services, make it, or homestead it. One can transfer or lose ownership of property by selling it for money, exchanging it for other property, giving it as a gift, misplacing it, or having it stripped from one’s ownership through legal means such as eviction, foreclosure, seizure, or taking. Ownership is self-propagating in that the owner of any property will also own the economic benefits of that property.

  • Stewardship

    Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. The concepts of stewardship can be applied to the environment and nature, economics, health, property, information, theology, etc.

  • Ownership (noun)

    The state of having complete legal control of something; possession; proprietorship.

  • Ownership (noun)

    Responsibility for something.

    “The successful candidate will take ownership of all internal design projects.”

  • Stewardship (noun)

    The rank or office of a steward.

  • Stewardship (noun)

    The act of caring for or improving with time.

    “Foresters believe in stewardship of the land.”

  • Ownership (noun)

    the act, state, or right of possessing something

    “the ownership of land”

    “the rise in car ownership”

Oxford Dictionary

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