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.

California Seed Sharing Bill Signed into Law

By on September 25, 2016

Cat Johnson: Seed sharing in California took a major step forward on Friday when Governor ...Read More

Increasing the Common in Australia’s Gold Coast (event)

By on September 24, 2016

Michel Bauwens will participate in this event on October 7-8, on Australia's Gold Coast, along with our friends from Enspiral. ...Read More

Panarchy 101: 7 Crucial Lenses

By on September 23, 2016

Reposted from: Panarchy 101: 7 Crucial Lenses by Paul B. Hartzog

The following are the key “lenses” ...Read More

Carmageddon Beckons

By on September 22, 2016

There are plenty of brilliant plans for getting us moving without trashing the planet. So why aren't they happening?

By George ...Read More

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A Surge of New Work on the City as a Commons

By on September 21, 2016

There has been a surge of new interest in the city as a commons in recent months – new books, ...Read More

Re-inventing Democracy: Understanding the Origins of Liquid Democracy, an Interview with Rüdiger Weis

By on September 20, 2016

To understand how Liquid Democracy emerged, one has to understand both history and geography, as well as the interplay ...Read More

Team Human 1: Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey on Debt Resistance

By on September 19, 2016

Joining team human are debt resisters Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey. Astra Taylor is ...Read More