On the Commons

Commons Work

On the Commons
  • Follow On the Commons on Twitter
  • Fan On the Commons on Facebook
  • Donate to On the Commons

Stay connected: sign up


Everyone is engaged in gathering information, making decisions, and exercising power to steward common resources.

Protecting Drinking Water by Preventing Pollution in Upstream Communities

May 24, 2013 | by Daniel Moss

Latin American water leaders discuss commons approach for safe water


A Review of Shiney Varghese's "Water Governance for 21st Century"

April 25, 2013 | By Ana Micka

Lessons from Water Trading in the U.S. and Australia

Reclaiming the Great Lakes as a Commons

November 29, 2012 | By Alexa Bradley & Julie Ristau

A new approach to protecting water for everyone--including future generations

The Reemergence of Social Charters

October 24, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Another tool for reclaiming the commons

What We Can Do to Protect the Great Lakes

September 1, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Creating a commons charter to govern management of the lakes will protect the public interest

Water Commons. Water Citizenship. Water Security.

August 3, 2012 | By Buenaventura Dargantes, Mary Ann Manahan, Daniel Moss, and V. Suresh

Tales of commons management from around the world

Waterkeeper Alliance Declares Great Lakes a Shared Commons

May 25, 2012 | By Alexa Bradley & Jessica Conrad

A new resolution passed by the international organization founded and chaired by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

An Introduction to Animating the Commons

May 4, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Who are commons animateurs--and how do they exercise leadership for social change?

Debating the Future of Our World's Water

April 3, 2012 | By Daniel Moss

World Water Forum in Marseille sets the stage for important talks at Rio environment conference

Claiming Our Commons

April 1, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Creating new avenues for genuine citizenship and a revitalized civil society

Economic Security Beyond Jobs

February 16, 2012 | By Peter Barnes

Let's pay dividends to everyone from our common wealth


Legal Structures for Protecting the Commons

September 19, 2013 | By On the Commons Team

From trusts to co-ops, six practical forms of “commons ownership”

A Framework for the Commons

July 10, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Nine Core Commons Principles

April 30, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

The importance of belonging, participating, creating, restoring, redefining

How We Created a Commons-Based Food Council for Minneapolis

December 12, 2011 | By Julie Ristau

The foundational document for Homegrown Minneapolis