Multimedia Galleries

You will find in the multimedia galleries of the Knowledge Garden:

Also check out our YouTube channel for more videos on the commons and commoning from around the web in addition to those produced and uploaded by the SoC.


A Selection of Featured Videos 


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Professor Elinor Ostrom defines commonsThe Future of MoneyConsumer Based Society
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The Commons vs. The Marketplace, David Bollier, 'Viral Spiral'
The Global Commons: An Introduction by Professor Leo BurkePenser les Communs: Michel Bauwens à Berlin
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Intro to the commons (in German)Define the Commons/ Définir le Bien Commun/Definir el ProcomùnEben Moglen on Free and Open Software
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Tragedy of the commonsThe Tragedy of Private PropertyLouis Wolcher on The Meaning of the Commons
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Sustainable development and the tragedy of commonsEco-Patent Commons CreatedPeter Linebaugh on the Magna Carta and the Commons
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Collective Action and The CommonsThe Commons (animation)The Commons (animation and David Rovics' song)
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What is Creative Commons?The Commons 



Video Galleries on Specific Commons

Commons and the Environment

Commons and Economics


Social Learning Videos

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George Siemens - Connectivism: Socializing Open Learning

  Open and ConnectedMassive Open Online Courses for Network Creation
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Very first draft of "how to be successful in a MOOC"  



Here you will find links to a selection of podcasts that David Bollier has published on different aspects of the commons.


The Commons (animation)

In a just world, the idea of wealth--be it money derived from the work of human hands, the resources and natural splendor of the planet itself--and the knowledge handed down through generations belongs to all of us.  The Commons is a means to achieve a society of justice and equality.

The Commons (animation and David Rovics' song)

Animation set to the song The Commons by protest folksinger David Rovics.

What is Creative Commons?

Educational short video from Creative Commons explaining what the CC license is all about. Audio remixed and mashed up by Robin Good, Livia Iacolare and Michael Pick.

The Commons

David Rovics in concert


Sustainable development and the tragedy of commons


Elinor Ostrom explains how people can use natural resources in a sustainable way based on the diversity that exists in the world.

Eco-Patent Commons Created

IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes, and Sony, working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, have created a new way to share intellectual property and help the environment.  This video highlights two patented innovations pledged by IBM.

Peter Linebaugh on the Magna Carta and the Commons

Talk by Peter Linebaugh, Professor of History at the University of Toledo on "Magna Carta and the Commons" given March 13, 2009 at the Law of the Commons Conference at Seattle University and sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

Collective Action and The Commons


In this talk of June 19th, 2009, Dr. Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Prize in economics, outlined her latest research and findings regarding the commons, and her theoretical framework (with various elements, e.g. leadership, trust and reciprocity) of this process.

Eben Moglen on Free and Open Software

Talk by Eben Moglen with the Software Freedom Conservancy on "Free and Open Software: Paradigm for a New Intellectual Commons" given at the Law of the Commons Conference March 13, 2009 at Seattle University and sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

Tragedy of the commons

The Tragedy of Private Property

A closer look at Garrett Hardin's "The Tragedy of the Commons." 

Louis Wolcher on The Meaning of the Commons

Talk by Louis Wolcher, Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law on "The Meaning of the Commons" given March 13, 2009 at the Law of the Commons Conference sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

The Global Commons: An Introduction by Professor Leo Burke

A brief (12 minute) description of the global commons with key terms and concepts offered by Professor Leo Burke

Penser les Communs: Michel Bauwens à Berlin

Entrevue réalisée pour le projet Remix the Commons à Berlin les 1-2 novembre 2010 lors de la Conference Internationale sur le Bien Commun


Intro to the commons (in German)

Wem gehört die Welt? Zur Wiederentdeckung der Gemeingüter (Commons)

Define the Commons/ Définir le Bien Commun/Definir el Procomùn


Editing of interviews made at the Berlin International Commons Conference on Nov 1-2 2010 produced for the Remix the Commons project.

Economics and the Commons Conference 2013

The Heinrich Boll Foundation just released a detailed, educational, and inspiring report summarizing the international conference it hosted in Berlin, Germany May 22-24, 2013. Two hundred commoners from around the globe converged at the Economics and the Commons Conference (ECC) to explore the commons as an alternative worldview to market-fundamentalism, to catalyze the commons movement, and to lay the foundation for the commons to become a core paradigm of today's politics, economics, and culture.

The report highlights the most salient ideas presented during ten keynote talks and provides summaries of the five conference streams. Short overviews of significant side events held during the conference are also included, in addition to resources generated at the event (most notably the ECC communications platform) and profiles from the network of commoners whose work aligns with themes from the conference. The Commons Strategies Group, a co-host of the conference, also offers final reflections on what the ECC means for the commons movement.

Anyone interested in the commons movement can use this report as a kind of primer. It’s also likely that the report will become an invaluable resource for activists, academics, and others working to advance the commons framework as a powerful tool for managing civic life, natural resources, urban spaces, the Internet, and other realms. Only by sharing and implementing important ideas can we work toward defeating what the Heinrich Boll Foundation calls “one of the most significant impediments to positive social change”: the entrenched power of market-fundamentalism as an political, economic, and cultural paradigm.

The Heinrich Boll Foundation invites you to forward the report to friends and family and to check out a collection of video interviews by Remix the Commons that were recorded during the conference.

There are 76 clips total more than 8 hours run time. They are classified in the following three categories:

Define/définir/definir the Commons
is composed of 53 short interviews responding to the question : « If you had to define the Commons in one sentence, what would it be?” Most of the interviews are in English, but 28 of them are in the original language of the participant. This series was begun at the 2010 Berlin conference and has been enriched during several international meetings of different social movements around the world since then. The series counts more than a hundred clips now.

Economics and the Commons
includes 13 video interviews with individuals or round table discussions facilitated by us or the event organisers. They vary in length from 5 to 35 minutes and total 5 hours. The themes chosen reflect the conference streams and the round tables attempt a synthesis bringing together the actors and the moderators of each stream.

An Agenda for the Commons
includes 11 videos covering themes such as education and the culture of the Commons, research, the political dimension and the relationship to the State.They total  3 hours and 10 minutes.

The Art of Commoning & Commons Education

2 short videos taken at the  Economics and the Commons conference 2013

George Por is talking about the Art of Commoning:

Here he is talking about Commons Education:

Notes from the Commons Education Side event are here



Professor Elinor Ostrom defines commons

Distinguishing two kinds of commons - common pool resources and public goods

The Future of Money

What are young adults thinking about money and value? How can we create new systems of wealth generation and abundance? What does the future hold for banks and other financial institutions in the wake of massive peer to peer exchange?