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About On the Commons
On the Commons (OTC) is a commons movement strategy center founded in 2001. Through our efforts, we help:
Build and bring visibility to the commons movement;
Initiate and catalyze commons work; and,
Develop and encourage commons leadership.
We believe it is possible to foster a commons-based society, which refers to a shift away from our market-based system, through new, collaborative ways of working.
Click here to learn more about OTCs leadership team: Julie Ristau, Ana Micka, Jay Walljasper, Alexa Bradley, Faye Brown, Jessica Conrad, and Camille Gage.
Dont miss our Commons Magazine a gateway to the latest thinking and action happening right now in the commons movement. Youll find profiles of everyday people who stand up to protect what belongs to us all, groundbreaking ideas that will be useful in your life, and current news examined in fresh ways through a commons perspective.
We recently published a book called All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons to expand on the magazine and to help you discover the power of commons-based solutions. The books contributors regularly visit campuses, congregations, conferences, and communities to promote the commons movement and jump start local commons efforts.
The Commons Work online resource center is where we highlight our practical, field-based commons work. There, you will learn about our new co-creative initiatives that promote involvement in commoning the diverse set of practices that bring the commons to life for everyday people and discover resources crafted by members of our network.
Additionally, OTC sponsors a network (which you can join here) of commons animateurs people from all walks of life who play a seminal but often invisible role helping communities and organizations to see new possibilities, to claim and share resources in more equitable ways, and to develop new capacities for a brighter future.
- "A wide number of new strategies exist for assuring that the commons, in its many forms, is protected and enhanced over time. Some involve government and law, others depend on informal governance and social sanctions, while still others work with market mechanisms and other hybrid models."
I respectfully disagree with those strategies for protecting the commons, being that they rely on the very institutions and economics that have destroyed the commons and our free access to them. The top two essays on the following page express in detail further reasoning along that line of thought, along with the only strategy that appears to have any real potential for major success (namely claiming homesteading land and water as the birthright of sovereign individuals):
I hope you find this helpful.
“To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men.” -Ella W. Willcox