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…

Putting the Good in Common Good

By on July 29, 2015

A new projects strengthens the commons we experience as citizens, workers and everyday people.

Our society has no trouble promoting ...Read More

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The European left in shock after the defeat of Greece

By on July 28, 2015

Six months after promising the end of austerity, the Syriza leadership had to sign an agreement which not just imposes ...Read More

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An American in Rome

By on July 27, 2015

Artist Kristin Jones Launches Art Projects to Restore Tiber River

Reprinted from the website of the Brooklyn Rail, providing critical ...Read More

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A call for platform cooperatives

By on July 26, 2015

Excerpted from Trebor Scholz:

“It's a call to workers, designers, and developers. It's up to you: the blue pill or, ...Read More

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Book of the Day: Scaling Up the Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability

By on July 25, 2015

* Book: Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability. Co-edited by Mike Gismondi, Mary Beckie et al. ...Read More

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Commons is Heart of Pope’s Economic Teachings

By on July 24, 2015

That should be little surprise in a document drafted by an African cardinal and issued by a South American pope

From ...Read More

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The economic foundations of abundance

By on July 23, 2015

An approach to the concept of abundance and the elements that make it more possible and closer today than ever ...Read More