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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It Belongs to Everyone

By on March 12, 2016

We share so very much.
Who does it really belong to?
The many efforts of groups around the world are converging for justice, peace, the end of poverty, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and the restoration of a healthy planet.

Essay of the Day: The Real World of the Decentralized Autonomous Society

By on December 8, 2016

An interesting article by J.Z. Garrod originally published at Triple C:


Although it is still in early stages, many commentators ...Read More

Project Of The Day: Rural Hub

By on December 7, 2016

Urbanization pervades conversations about the human future. Yet some people emigrate from the city to rural areas. Those who do ...Read More

Don’t Mourn, Commonify! The European Commons Assembly Convenes

By on December 6, 2016

Across Europe, a vision of the commons has been emerging in the margins for many years. But now, as ...Read More

Cooperative and Common Ownership

By on December 5, 2016

Certain changes to the cooperative form could permit the creation of enterprises that would not belong to anyone specifically but ...Read More

Team Human 11: Steve Lambert on Public Displays of Collaboration

By on December 4, 2016
Playing for Team Human is art activist Steve Lambert. Steve reclaims public spaces with his work, igniting ...Read More

In Brussels, Online Food Couriers Launch Their Own Platform Co-Op

By on December 3, 2016

Matthieu Lietaert: The sector of online food delivery is booming in many cities in the economically developed world. It's a ...Read More

Democracy Series: Vorarlberg Civic Councils

By on December 2, 2016

This month, the United States news media began fretting publicly over “fake news”. Stanford university published a study revealing that ...Read More