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…
Community is the ‘unit of action.’ Commons live through their communities: more effectiveness, larger projects, more money, more wisdom, more legal standing, and more durability over time. While filming The Commons, it became clear: people often speak as a member
Commons Education: Global Commons Initiative Educating people about the Commons, is especially important. Professor Leo Burke, Director of the Global Commons Initiative at the University of Notre Dame Medoza College of Business., directs one of the important North American efforts
The Commons is a documentary film about communities re-asserting sustainable futures using consensus, equity and shared resources – ancient Commons principles. Making the film, we found a re-awakening in progress. Tired of waiting for government, many Commoners were already taking
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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…
Susan Curry shares the CSA farm she helped start, Pennypack Farm near Ambler, Pennsylvania in the U.S. Susan shows us how healthy organic and local food are all within reach of communities, everywhere. One way to feed your community is
Earth Condominium Earth Condominium hosts a wonderful website with short videos, beautifully done, showing how we all live on a shared planet, much like a ‘condominium’ – where everybody has the benefit of much more because we share.
The global protests have uncovered what we had refused to see, and asked us to re-look at what had been taken for granted: We have a good world when we take care of each other, recognize our interdependence, and correct
Food activist and organizer Dan Reyes explains how to provide healthy food at the Cool Springs Market in Wilmington, Delaware. This project was an amazing community Commons effort that brought together many organizations and businesses, along with local farmers, community
DemocracyOS has launched a wonderful effort to offer Open Source code for public interactions on issues – in a wise and balanced way: http://democracyos.org/ One of the outgrowths of the protest movements of the past few years has been that
Penelise Alofa, of the Kiribati Islands, describes how she is losing her country as it is slowly submerged by sea level rise. How can a person face such a fate? How can others understand how it would feel to have