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.
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Photographer Files $1bn Copyright Claim Against Getty Images

By on August 27, 2016

When Getty Images sent photographer Carol Highsmith a $120 settlement demand for using one of ‘their' images without permission, things ...Read More

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Seven Short Films on the Commons in Seven Minutes

By on August 26, 2016

People constantly ask me for a definition of the commons as if a short sentence or two could begin to ...Read More

Picturing the Commons: A P2P Foundation Live Conversation

By on August 25, 2016

Community groups do dozens of things to keep their spaces open – so much, that they struggle with getting new ...Read More

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Rachel O’Dwyer on Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Digital Commons

By on August 24, 2016

They look at the historical origins of the commons, the role of money in human society, the problems with bitcoin ...Read More

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Project Of The Day: Freedom Coop

By on August 23, 2016

Last week, the British media featured a story about a member of the royalty avoiding tax. While this practice is ...Read More

Sebastian Junger’s Meditation on Tribes

By on August 22, 2016

Why is it that American combat veterans experience the highest rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the world, while ...Read More

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Re-experience OuiShare Fest 2016

By on August 21, 2016

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Enjoy the beautiful photos taken by our photographer Stefano Borghi and the wonderful volunteers ...Read More