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.

In Brussels, Online Food Couriers Launch Their Own Platform Co-Op

By on December 3, 2016

Matthieu Lietaert: The sector of online food delivery is booming in many cities in the economically developed world. It's a ...Read More

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Democracy Series: Vorarlberg Civic Councils

By on December 2, 2016

This month, the United States news media began fretting publicly over “fake news”. Stanford university published a study revealing that ...Read More

The Misinformation Machine

By on December 1, 2016

Donald Trump's staff are drawn from an opaque network of corporate-funded thinktanks and fake grassroots campaigns

By George Monbiot, published in ...Read More

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Spanish Translation of “Think Like a Commoner” is Now Published

By on November 30, 2016

Some of you may recall the “Think Global, Print Local” crowdfunding campaign that a consortium of Spanish and Latin ...Read More

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Barcelona’s Brave Struggle to Advance the Commons

By on November 29, 2016

On a visit to Barcelona last week, I learned a great deal about the City's pioneering role in developing “the ...Read More

Unlucky Number

By on November 28, 2016

We face (at least) 13 major crises, some of which are immediate. It's time for some hard thinking about how ...Read More

Team Human 10: Aaron Dignan on Hacking the Corporation

By on November 27, 2016

Playing for Team Human is Aaron Dignan. Aaron is a strategist, author, and founder of the ...Read More