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Local Commons Work

Today there are countless individuals and organizations working to build community and create a better future for all. Their efforts are advancing the commons approach, a worldview and set of practical tools that can help protect and promote all that we share. Here we take a close look at how grassroots efforts on a local level are shaping the way community members come together to create a brighter future.

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

Mt. Hood: Pay-Per-View?

June 13, 2012 | By Oregon Commons

What if you had to pay to view Mt Hood?

East Portland Neighbors: Mapping Our Local Commons

June 13, 2012 | By Oregon Commons

Neighborhood associations are often at the forefront of efforts to create and/or maintain community assets

Our Home on Earth

May 16, 2012 | By Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke outlines lessons from indigenous cultures for restoring balance

Challenging the Republican's Five Myths on Inequality

January 19, 2012 | By David Morris

The Republican position on inequality rests on five statements, all false.


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

Commons Walking Tour Debuts!

June 13, 2012 | By Oregon Commons

What do the Portlandia statue, garbage cans, water fountains and the Oregon History Museum have in common?

Commons Workshop: Shifting Worldview

April 30, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Seeing, Naming, and Claiming the Commons

Handy Tools for Achieving Commons Based Solutions

April 30, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

10 Questions for working together

The Food Commons

June 30, 2010 | By On the Commons Team

Building a National Network of Localized Food Systems