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Introduction to the Commons

The commons is the essential form of wealth that we inherit or create together, and which must be shared in a sustainable and equitable way.

Ranging from water to biodiversity to the Internet to community organizations, the commons provides the foundation of our social, cultural, and economic life. To ensure a hopeful future for ourselves and coming generations, we must vigorously protect and promote the commons.

Bring On the Commons to Your College Campus or Community

March 27, 2013 | by On the Commons Team

Raising awareness of the commons is crucial for our future


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 Real Tragedy

April 30, 2013

Ecological ruin stems from what happens to—not what is caused by—the commons

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

Creator of "The Story of Stuff" Shows What's At Stake with Commons Assets

February 15, 2012 | By Jay Walljasper

Annie Leonard


About On the Commons

September 10, 2012 | By On the Commons Team

Download this brochure to learn more about our work

8 Principles for Managing A Commmons

December 16, 2013 | By Jay Walljasper

Based on her extensive work, Elinor Ostrom offered solutions for how to govern commons sustainably and equitably

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”

Jay Walljasper's Speaking Schedule

August 1, 2013 | By On the Commons Team

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

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

On the Commons December 2011 Update

December 30, 2011 | By On the Commons Team

An update on new projects and ideas