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Together we claim the power to repair inequity, restore our common inheritance, and expand opportunities for human fulfillment and planetary resilience.

Why I Call Myself a Commoner

March 7, 2012 | by Jay Walljasper

A Day in the Life of Harriet Barlow


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

Our Home on Earth

May 16, 2012 | By Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke outlines lessons from indigenous cultures for restoring balance

The Role of Commons Animateurs

May 8, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Illuminating new possibilities and solutions

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?

Claiming Our Commons

April 1, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Creating new avenues for genuine citizenship and a revitalized civil society

What is Commoning, Anyway?

March 3, 2011 | By Julie Ristau

Activating the power of social cooperation to get things done-- and bring us together

Twelve Commons Dispatches for These Times

December 3, 2010 | By Alexa Bradley & Julie Ristau

Drawing from our work with the commons, we offer the following ideas and observations that we believe can help us constructively and creatively make the most out of this movement moment

The Commons is About 'Commoning'

April 28, 2009 | By David Bollier

Professor Louis Wolcher's impassioned video on the "meaning of the commons."


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