Commons is a millenia-old concept which has recently gained interest as a potential   foundation for a transition to a Wellbeing Economy. The contemporary Commons movement is grounded in the undisputable recognition that “no one is an island.” We live in community, inherit a history, and are born into interconnected cultural and geographical contexts. So how do we share what we have in common?

There are several ways that people use Commons.

Commons-based governance is designed by a community in a democratic, non-hierarchical way to share resources in ways that meet the needs of community members.

Commons can also refer to a specific thing that is shared and managed under a Commons-based governance system. That can be something physical like a park or a housing community that is put under a Commons or Community Land Trust. 

Artists also use “Creative Commons” to put their works into the public domain as a way to be shared and built upon by others.