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These are commons-related groups and organizations of global relevance,

doing great work, which we wholeheartedly support.

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Commons Learning Alliance

The Commons Learning Alliance is dedicated to enabling people to deepen their understanding of and participation in the global commons. 


Kosmos Journal

The mission of Kosmos Associates, Inc. is to inform, inspire and engage individual and collective participation in a global shift of a higher-order consciousness, and in the transformation of our political, economic, cultural and social structures to reflect this shift. [...]

P2P Foundation

The P2P Foundation functions "as a clearinghouse for open/free, participatory/p2p and commons-oriented initiatives."

Anthroposphere Institute

The mission of the Anthroposphere Institute is to enable humankind to champion, participate in, and protect the global commons based on an understanding of the prior unity of all life.

Community Intelligence Ltd

Their mission is to contribute to such a world, by amplifying collective intelligence and wisdom in organisations and social systems. We do that by combining social, cognitive, and electronic technologies for resilience, innovation, and regeneration.

Commons Strategies Group

A partnership to help advance the commons as a paradigm in diverse settings -- both in theory and practice. Working on four continents, we catalyze and assist commons-based projects, activism, research and public education with a great variety of partners.

Creative Commons

This is the definitive site for Creative Commons licenses which are now available in 53 countries. Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.  

Digital Library of the Commons

The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC) is a gateway to the international literature on the commons.


Global Commons Trust

A growing group of individuals, organizations and other non-proprietary stakeholders who believe that shared resources should be held in trust for the commonwealth of the planet. We believe that a Global Commons Trust is needed so that the world’s commons are recognized and protected through a binding international trust for the benefit of humanity and all beings.

The Heritable Innovation Trust

Having been finalized in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, it is not subject to any expiration of copyright under any international convention. All knowledge in the trust is held in a perpetual, inalienable trust which shall benefit the knowledge stewards and their off-spring with out term or expiration.

International Association for the Study of the Commons

This is the official site of the International Association for the Study of the Commons whose best-known member is Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom.  It links to an archive of academic papers, as well as the Association’s journals. 

On the Commons

A network of citizens and organizations exploring new ways to achieve social justice, environmental harmony and democratic participation at all levels of society. 

Peer 2 Peer Foundation

The Foundation for P2P Alternatives proposes to be a meeting place for those who can broadly agree with the following propositions... Read More


A nonprofit online magazine that tells the story of sharing. We cover the people, places, and projects bringing a shareable world to life. And we share how-tos so you can make a shareable world real in your life.

Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.

Global Innovation Commons 

The Global Innovation Commons (GIC) provides a world-wide repository of all innovations which, while possibly protected in one or more countries, have the ability to be used in the rest of the world due to patent expiration, abandonment, invalidity, or failure to file in-country protection.  The GIC enables the immediate “open source” generic production of most technologies even those considered most cutting edge in markets where patent holders failed to seek or gain protection.

London Creative Labs

London Creative Labs is a Social Business committed to ensuring decent work for everyone. It uses a unique and evolving combination of collaboration and business model innovation to generate new business opportunities that provide and/or enable work.

New Economics Foundation

The new economics foundation is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.

Open Education Commons

Free-to-Use Teaching and Learning Content from Around the World


Sciene Commons 

The more we understand about science and its complexities, the more important it is for scientific data to be shared openly. It’s not useful to have ten different labs doing the same research and not sharing their results; likewise, we’re much more likely to be able to pinpoint diseases if we have genomic data from a large pool of individuals. [...]