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

Commons Network

Through the Commons Work resource center, On the Commons fosters the commons network, which includes commoners in the U.S. and abroad with a diverse range of backgrounds. Individuals and organizations leading commons-based projects can use this platform to share their work and connect with others who advance the commons in their own fields and communities. Check out the initial content collections listed below to learn about some of our co-creative fieldwork and strategies for protecting our essential commons.

An Invitation to Join the Commons Network

September 12, 2012 | by On the Commons Team

If you care about what we share in common, read this invitation

Join the Commons Network

Commoning Flourishes Around the Globe

June 24, 2013 | Jessica Conrad

A list of commons-based efforts from Zaragoza to Berlin and everywhere in between

The Sol Collective Sows Seeds for a Brighter Future

May 27, 2013 | Jessica Conrad

How one organization boosts the commons in Sacramento, California

A Grassroots Initiative Enlivens the Commons in West Marin

May 27, 2013 | Jessica Conrad

How West Marin Commons has preserved and enhanced the California commons from its charming beginnings

Action Strategies for Commons Leaders Around the Globe

November 27, 2012 | On the Commons Team

Trust emergent wisdom, animate the commons co-creatively, and more

Public Spaces and Public Life

Thank Your Local Placemaker

August 15, 2013 | Holly Bechiri

An innovative idea for thanking those who make our neighborhoods great

How to Design Our World for Happiness

July 5, 2013 | Jay Walljasper

Free download of OTC's new book: The Commons Guide to Placemaking and a Convivial Life

It's All Happening at the Park

January 8, 2013 | Jay Walljasper

More than ever, we need common ground where all kinds of people can interact, learn and have fun

The Great American Neighborhood
The Great American Neighborhood

September 10, 2012 | Jay Walljasper

Welcome to Jacobsburg, which offers inspiring lessons in how to create a great community.

Campus Commons Action

Jay Walljasper's Speaking Schedule

August 1, 2013 | On the Commons Team

Bring On the Commons to Your College Campus or Community

March 27, 2013 | On the Commons Team

Raising awareness of the commons is crucial for our future

On the Commons Goes to College

March 26, 2013 | Jay Walljasper

Good questions from our recent campus visits

An Invitation to Join the Commons Network

September 30, 2012 |

If you care about what we share in common, follow the link below

Great Lakes Commons

Great Lakes Commons Map is a Tool for Building Awareness

September 3, 2013 | Paul Baines

Paul Baines explains his crowdsourced project--and another way folks in Toronto are growing the movement

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

April 25, 2013 | Ana Micka

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

Participate in the Great Lakes Commons Initiative

April 24, 2013 | On the Commons Team

An Update on the Great Lakes Tour

April 24, 2013 | On the Commons Team

On the Commons, Council of Canadians, FLOW, and others travel to communities around the Great Lakes

Local Commons Work

The Sol Collective Sows Seeds for a Brighter Future

May 27, 2013 | Jessica Conrad

How one organization boosts the commons in Sacramento, California

A Grassroots Initiative Enlivens the Commons in West Marin

May 27, 2013 | Jessica Conrad

How West Marin Commons has preserved and enhanced the California commons from its charming beginnings

Action Strategies for Commons Leaders Around the Globe

November 27, 2012 | On the Commons Team

Trust emergent wisdom, animate the commons co-creatively, and more

To Change the System, We Must Start Everywhere at Once

November 27, 2012 | On the Commons Team

Insights from Commons Solutions Lab participants and Network members on how to advance commons work

International Commons Work

Rajendra Singh
Rehydrating India's Dry Rivers

June 24, 2013 | Jay Walljasper

Commoning Flourishes Around the Globe

June 24, 2013 | Jessica Conrad

A list of commons-based efforts from Zaragoza to Berlin and everywhere in between

Protecting Drinking Water by Preventing Pollution in Upstream Communities

May 24, 2013 | 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 | Ana Micka

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

Our Food Commons

On Developing a Co-Owned Food Council for Minneapolis

September 25, 2013 | On the Commons Team

OTC Co-Director Julie Ristau applies the commons framework to the Homegrown Minneapolis Initiative

To Young People, Justice is a Key Ingredient in Good Food

June 24, 2012 | Jay Walljasper

Cooperative restaurants sprout on many campuses

Farmland
The 2011 Farmland Commons Gathering Introduction

May 7, 2012 | On the Commons Team

Reclaiming farmland as a commons

Foundational Document for the Creation of the Minneapolis Food Council
How We Created a Commons-Based Food Council for Minneapolis

December 12, 2011 | Julie Ristau

The foundational document for Homegrown Minneapolis