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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The Rules’ Alnoor Ladha on the Promises and Perils of Global Economic Activism

By on April 30, 2016


The idea came from examining the failure of the traditional leftist movement. If you look at Marxist movements as the ...Read More

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The Digital Economy: Two Models of Peer-to-Peer Value Generation

By on April 29, 2016

The following inquiry, by the University of Melbourne's Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL), and in part inspired after a workshop attended ...Read More

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Registration open! Commons technology and the right to a democratic city, Madrid

By on April 28, 2016

Prompting discussion on network democracy, new forms of citizen participation and digital commons in democratic Cities, the International Conference will ...Read More

Mutualized Solutions for the Precariat

By on April 27, 2016

Large companies have long sought to boost profits by converting their employees into “independent contractors,” allowing them to avoid paying ...Read More

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Stages in Human Regenerative Consciousness and Activity

By on April 26, 2016

Stages in our deepening relationships with nature, excerpted from Tommy Lehe:

“As we evolve we begin to identify with larger ...Read More

From a labor saving civilization to a labor creating civilization

By on April 25, 2016

“Civilization is not just about saving labor but also about “wasting” labor to make art, to make beautiful things, to ...Read More

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After the Gold Rush: OuiShare Fest 2016 Embraces Action and Experimentation

By on April 24, 2016

OuiShare is on a mission to build and nurture a collaborative society. A forward-thinking, action-oriented community of thousands ...Read More