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…

Reinventing Law for the Commons, Part I

By on September 1, 2015

One of the most devastating and recurring problems that virtually every commons faces is market enclosure – the privatization and ...Read More

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A review of Paul Mason’s PostCapitalism: what about the precariat ?

By on August 31, 2015

Excerpted from NIKI SETH-SMITH:

“This gets to the heart of my objection to Mason's book. His economic analysis is sound. ...Read More

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We need to take our data back !

By on August 30, 2015

“Our overall behaviour online suggests that, collectively, the network supports and encourages a digitally socialist viewpoint: sharing, collective ownership and ...Read More

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Rebel Architecture – The pedreiro and the master planner

By on August 29, 2015

The post Rebel Architecture – ...Read More

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Extraenvironmentalist – Interview with Michael Lewis and Pat Conaty on The Resilience Imperative

By on August 28, 2015

I've had the pleasure of meeting with authors Michael Lewis and Pat Conaty on a number of occasions. The depth ...Read More

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Pavlos Georgiades calls out for a Plan C for Greece

By on August 27, 2015

Pavlos Georgiadis wrote:

“Just over a month ago, Greek citizens were asked to go to the polls for a referendum ...Read More

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Essay of the Day: Commons for Peace

By on August 26, 2015

* Article: Commons for Peace. James Quilligan. Kosmos Journal, FALL | WINTER 2011


“Although the term ‘human security' has various ...Read More