To overcome the crises of our time, new ways of thinking, acting and being are urgently needed. This film looks at the global crises facing humanity and at a hopeful vision of the future emerging across the world. To find out more, see the links at the end of the video.
We hope the film Re-imagine the Future provoked your interest in exploring its themes more deeply. The quest to build attractive, functional alternatives to the world ordained by neoliberal economics is, in fact, growing. A kaleidoscope of innovations around the world is showing that the market and state are not the only players. A burgeoning Commons Sector is emerging and starting to flourish.
This webpage is a portal into the growing world of system-change activism, experimentation, legal and policy innovation, academic research and political analysis. Consider these links an invitation to enter into this world yourself. After all, the answers are not going to come from somewhere else; they have to start with us, personally and locally, and expand outward. We need to re-imagine the future.
- What is the Commons?
- Key Commons Websites
- Activists/Thinkers Concerned about System Change
- Notable Movements
- 25 Significant Commons Projects
- Books and Essays
- Films & Videos
What is the Commons?
Key Commons Websites
- Commons Strategies Group
- Commons Transition
- The Commoner (UK)
- Digital Library of the Commons
- International Association for the Study of Commons
- International Journal of the Commons
- Law for the Commons wiki
- Maps in the Spirit of the Commons
- On the Commons
- P2P Foundation
- Remix the Commons
- Sustainable Economies Law Center
Activists/Thinkers Concerned about System Change
- Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment
- Schumacher Center for a New Economy
- Next System Project
- Democracy Collaborative
- New Economy Coalition
- Great Transition Initiative
- P2P Foundation
- The Corner House (UK)
- Stir magazine (UK)
(an incomplete list)
- Transition Towns, US / Transition Network
- Social and Solidarity Economy (in French)
- Peer Production
- La Via Campesina
- Indigenous Peoples / First Peoples Worldwide
- Care Work
- Climate Change / Climate Action Network
- Community Empowerment: Democracy Collaborative / Institute for Local Self-Reliance / Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund / Movement Generation
25 Significant Commons Projects
- Alaska Permanent Fund and other stakeholder trusts
- Berkshares and alternative currencies
- Bologna Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons
- The city as a commons
- Cecosesola (Colombia)
- Community land trusts
- Creative Commons licenses
- Enspiral: social enterprise with shared vision and values
- Farm Hack: open source farm equipment
- Free software
- Guifi.net (Spain): community wifi
- HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theater community
- Customary land commons in Africa
- multistakeholder co-operatives
- Museums as commons
- Open access scholarly journals
- Open design and open hardware
- Open Educational Resources
- Potato Park (Peru)
- System of Rice Intensification, open source agronomy for rice
Books and Essays
- Peter Barnes, Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons
- David Bollier, Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Commons
- — “Commons as a Paradigm for Social Transformation” (Next System Project, April 2016).
- — and Silke Helfrich, editors, The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State (Levellers Press, 2012).
- Fritjof Capra and Ugo Mattei, The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community (Berrett-Koehler, 2015).
- Commons Strategies Group, “State Power and Commoning: Transcending a Problematic Relationship” (June 2016).
- Giacomo D’Alisa et al., Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era (Routledge, 2014).
- Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (Autonomedia, 2004).
- Lewis Hyde, Common as Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership (Farrar Straus, 2011).
- —- , The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World (Vintage, 1983/2007)
- Peter Linebaugh: The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberty and Commons for All (University of California Press, 2008).
- Mary Mellor, Debt or Democracy: Public Money for Sustainability and Social Justice (Pluto Press, 2016).
- Elinor Ostrom, Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 1990).
- Douglas Rushkoff, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity (Portfolio, 2016)
- Derek Wall, The Sustainable Economics of Elinor Ostrom: Commons, Contestation and Craft
Films & Videos
- The Promise of the Commons (2013). 50 minutes. Focuses on natural resources commons in the global South, with special attention to land grabbing and land rights in India, Nepal, Mexico. 20-minute version.
- The Commons (2103). A left-libertarian-anarchist perspective on the commons that explains the logic of capitalism and the potential of the commons to meet needs beyond the state and market. 36 minutes. Script for video narration.
- Peter Linebaugh: Who Owns the Commons? on The Laura Flanders Show. An interview with historian and author Peter Linebaugh on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the significance of that legal document and the struggle behind it today. 2015. 18 minutes.
- Better Not More: Principles and Practices Towards the next Economy. This video provides an overview of activist movements to decomodify nature, re-imagine the character of work, liberate knowledge and democratize wealth. 5 minutes. Produced by Kontent Film and Edge Funders Alliance.
- Podcast, “The Deeper Magic of the Commons.” Host James Lindenschmidt interviews a range of commons scholars and activists. 2016.