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Do you seek to help communities collaborate in new ways? Are you interested in creative resource sharing? Do you often think about what we all share—and work to reclaim and protect it for future generations?

If you are drawn to these kind of commons-based approaches, you belong in the Commons Network, a group of individuals and organizations who advance the commons in communities all over the world.

And today we’re inviting you to join us. Read our invitation for more information and get involved today.

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


Why I Call Myself a Commoner

March 7, 2012 | By Harriet Barlow

A Day in the Life of Harriet Barlow

How You Can Become a Commoner

March 3, 2011 | By Julie Ristau

It starts with commoning—the natural act of connecting with others to find security, convenience and fun

Commoning Flourishes Around the Globe

June 24, 2013 | By 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 | By Jessica Conrad

How one organization boosts the commons in Sacramento, California

A Grassroots Initiative Enlivens the Commons in West Marin

May 27, 2013 | By Jessica Conrad

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

To Change the System, We Must Start Everywhere at Once

November 27, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

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

Voices from the Commons Movement

November 27, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Learn about work that’s already underway

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?

12 Reasons You'll Be Hearing More About the Commons

January 4, 2012 | By Jay Walljasper

The time is ripe for more sharing, collaboration and solidarity


The Commons Network Form

September 17, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Use this form to join the network

About On the Commons

September 10, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Download this brochure to learn more about our work

Action Strategies for Commons Leaders Around the Globe

November 27, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

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

The Foundation of Commons-Based Solutions

July 10, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Six elements of a new paradigm for a life-giving future

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

Handy Tools for Achieving Commons Based Solutions

April 30, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

10 Questions for working together

You May Already Be a Commoner If...

November 19, 2011 | By Jay Walljasper

Find out by taking this short quiz

All That We Share - A Field Guide to the Commons

December 6, 2010 | By On the Commons

How to Save the Economy, the Environment, the Internet, Democracy, Our Communities, and Everything Else That Belongs to All of Us