The Commons is a documentary film about communities all over the world re-asserting sustainable, responsible futures using ancient Commons principles. The Commons are the shared resources of the world, owned by all, not just a few. The Commons are an ancient-new open-source code around the sharing of resources.

Five years in the making, we listened as 49 communities in the Americas, Europe and south Asia told us what has made their Commons work over the centuries. In the face of commodification and privatization, when everything seems to have a dollar value, Commoners are now saying, we’re taking a new path forward…

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Headline Blog: Regaining Legal Rights to Your Commons – Attorney Jim Olson

By on March 29, 2015

Attorney Jim Olson, Esq., the Founder/Director of the NGO Flow for Water, describes how people can protect their Commons using laws at the core of western legal systems. He describes how the Public Trust Doctrine is a crucial element of law requiring government to act on behalf of people’s wellbeing. 

He describes how climate change, beach access and water quality are all related: we share them, and the law protects the rights of people to use and enjoy their Commons.

The Public Trust Doctrine can be used by people to reverse bad decisions by government – and reverse the overreach by corporations that have taken away access to many Commons from the public. 

Many other legal systems have elements requiring legitimate governments to act for the wellbeing of people – including indigenous peoples’ ancient codes. Indigenous codes also often recognize the common wellbeing of ecosystems as a fundamentally important aspect of protecting people’s wellbeing.

Reinvigorated courts are an important part of the action needed: courts need to stop deferring to executive branch expertise that has often been co-opted by industry. Instead, courts need to get ‘back in the game’ when governance fails…

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Feeding the Community: Pennypack Farm as a #Commons sharing food

By on July 6, 2015

Susan Curry shares the CSA farm she helped start, Pennypack Farm near Ambler, Pennsylvania in the U.S. Susan shows us how healthy organic and local food are all within reach of communities, everywhere. One way to feed your community is


Earth Condominium: Organizing the Global Neighborhood

By on July 6, 2015

Earth Condominium Earth Condominium hosts a wonderful website with short videos, beautifully done, showing how we all live on a shared planet, much like a ‘condominium’ – where everybody has the benefit of much more because we share.


Becoming Human Again: Youth Protests and the Restoration of Caring

By on July 2, 2015

The global protests have uncovered what we had refused to see, and asked us to re-look at what had been taken for granted: We have a good world when we take care of each other, recognize our interdependence, and correct


Cool Springs Market Commons: Dan Reyes Shows How to Provide Healthy Local Food

By on July 2, 2015

Food activist and organizer Dan Reyes explains how to provide healthy food at the Cool Springs Market in Wilmington, Delaware. This project was an amazing community Commons effort that brought together many organizations and businesses, along with local farmers, community

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DemocracyOS – part of the explosion in software to re-balance political power

By on March 24, 2015

DemocracyOS has launched a wonderful effort to offer Open Source code for public interactions on issues – in a wise and balanced way: One of the outgrowths of the protest movements of the past few years has been that

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Penelise Alofa – Losing Her Country to Sea Level Rise

By on October 30, 2014

Penelise Alofa, of the Kiribati Islands, describes how she is losing her country as it is slowly submerged by sea level rise. How can a person face such a fate? How can others understand how it would feel to have