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Nine Core Commons Principles

The importance of belonging, participating, creating, restoring, redefining

| by On the Commons Team

In designing solutions, On the Commons follows a set of commons principles that help guide the creation of new customs, understandings, systems, and structures to ensure the survival of our commons assets. What follows is a list of our commons principles.

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“A commons arises whenever a given community decides that it wishes to manage a resource in a collective manner, with a special regard for equitable access, use and sustainability. It is a social form that has long lived in the shadows of our market culture, but which is now on the rise.” —David Bollier


To create a commons-based society people need more than exposure to new ideas; they need tangible ways of experiencing, practicing and living out these bright possibilities. To ensure the survival of the community and of our common assets, we must create new customs, understandings, systems, and structures.

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