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An Invitation to Join the Commons Network

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

| by On the Commons Team

When people come together to define a resource as shared, and to ensure that it is equitably and sustainably used, we call it commoning.

You’re invited to help us grow the commons movement
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 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 on for more information about our invitation, and follow this link to join.

The time is ripe
The commons is as much about what we share as how we share. When people come together to define a resource as shared, and to ensure that it is equitably and sustainably used, we call it commoning. The commons, in other words, is a deeply egalitarian, collaborative, and stewardship-oriented approach in which people are not only users and beneficiaries, but also co-creators, stewards, and protectors of shared resources.

Today commoning is on the rise as it has become increasingly clear that “business as usual” is failing us, both economically, and ecologically. People yearn to create a better world and to write a new narrative for the future. As a result, individuals and organizations have begun to embrace the commons as a concept and practical approach for transcending the dominant paradigm of modern life, for solving pressing issues, and for creating a more life-giving future.

Enter the Commons Network
At On the Commons (OTC), we believe that connecting these individuals and organizations through the network will allow us to expand our collective knowledge; to incubate, replicate, and share commons-based initiatives with a wider audience (or to expand the practice of commoning); and to increase the number of resources available to all commoners. Intentionally building this network will also deepen our capacity in the field, both in terms of our ability to demonstrate on-the-ground solutions, and to resource this work.

Our goals for the network include:

Who belongs in the Commons Network?
No matter the community, culture, or generation you come from, you belong in the Commons Network if you:

Does this sound like you? Then join the Commons Network today!
Joining the Commons Network is easy. Simply tell us a bit about yourself and your interests by completing this form.

What network members can expect
OTC will offer both virtual, and in-person opportunities for connecting with other members of the network. Activities may include:

About On the Commons
OTC is a commons movement strategy center founded in 2001. Our purpose is to activate the emergence of a commons-based society by:


Posted September 12, 2012

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