Commons Resources

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 to educate people about what Commons are – and how to organize around them, effectively, including the protection of Commons from enclosures. Especially, contact: Leo Burke: lburke1 [at] or Tel: +1 (574) 631-5285 and Sandra Glavas: Sandra.Glavas.2 [at] or Tel: +1 (574) 631-1593

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is perhaps the most successful organization in the U.S. focused on protecting Commons – including spectacular successes against oil/gas companies attempting to overrun local communities’ right to ban shale-gas fracking projects.

Peer to Peer Foundation (P2P)

The Peer to Peer (P2P) Foundation Peer to Peer (P2P) Foundation is an international organization focused on studying, researching, documenting and promoting peer to peer practices in a very broad sense. This website is our knowledge commons and it’s collaboratively built by our community. Especially, contact: Michel Bauwens: michel [at]

Flow for Water

Flow for Water: for the Love of Water

Flow for Water: for the Love of Water. Their name says it all – and they are willing to use the courts to gain new tractions against takings of Commons by corporations or governments. Flow has the unique power of a very strong legal staff dedicated to supporting communities. Especially, contact: Jim Olson, Esq., founder: olson [at]

Kosmos Journal

Kosmos Journal’s series of essays on the Commons has brought together some of the leading global thinkers on Commons issues. The essays of James Bernard Quilligan, David Bollier, Michel Bauwens, and Silke Helfrich – among others – frame the current understanding of the Commons for a large and rapidly-growing audience interested in sustainability and justice – and who see the Commons as a powerful framing for action.

On The Commons Magazine

Some of the best information and experts in commoning can be found at On The Commons Magazine. Especially, contact: Jay Walljasper: jay [at] and Alexa Bradley: abradley [at]

DemocracyOS web page

Infrastructure: Software for Decision-Making

Good governance comes in part from good infrastructure for decision-making. DemocracyOS is a good place to start for Commoners seeking better ways to Propose, Debate and Vote – all transparently:

Commons Action at the United Nations (CAUN)

Commons Action at the United Nations (CAUN) is a dedicated group has been working towards the incorporation of Commons principles at the United Nations. Contact Dr. Lisinka Ulatowska, Coordinator, Commons Cluster of the UN NGO Major Group and Commons Action for the United Nations at: lisinka [dot] ulatowska [at] or Glans van Essen at: glansvanessen [at]


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