What’s Next for Our Global Commons

This is a conversation between International Economist and Kosmos Journal featured-contributor, James B. Quilligan and David Bollier, author of Think Like a Commoner and Green Governance. It was recorded at Kosmos Associates Headquarters in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on January 31st, 2014.

An Immediacy Production, for Kosmos Journal.

Commons Economy Rising

Here is an example of a Commons community using a crowd source funding vehicle and a video that describes what is fueling the rising visibility of the Commons as a valued based collective choice for a peaceful and collaborative human presence on the earth. Take a look at this video and share within your networks.

Help Make the Commons Visible

Tell Your STORY…

In 2013, Commons Action for the United Nations will actively create opportunities for raising public awareness as it relates to the Commons, and notable commoners serving the greater good in the form of commoning. Some of the most resilient communities and workplaces are ones where commons-based approaches are foundational in every day decision-making.

v_squigglyTHERE are several ways to share your Commons story….

– Make a video and post it on the web and on the Commons Action Facebook Page

– Write an Article and post a link with an excerpt from your article to the Commons Action Facebook Page

– Create a tele-seminar that shares the nuts and bolts of your Commons story featuring the Commoners and the lessons in Commoning unique to your community and send a notice for inclusion in our It’s the Commons Newsletter

– Or send your story, videos and photos to us at CommonsActionUN@gmail.com and we will post it to our Facebook for you









The infamous image from space known as the Blue Marble is now 40 years old. In the video, enjoy the view of our common home, EARTH from space.

UN Ceremony Highlights Cooperatives

20 November 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the role of cooperatives in empowering communities and catalyzing inclusive development during a ceremony to close the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC), at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

Cooperative representatives, civil society and governments gathered to celebrate the Year and share lessons learned. Representatives from Indonesia, Malta, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey shared their experiences and achievements throughout the Year. The Indonesian speaker, for example, described how cooperatives promote equitable growth that also helps achieve environmental and poverty reduction goals.

Ban recognized the collaboration between the UN and the cooperative movement “to empower people, enhance human dignity and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” He also highlighted cooperatives’ contribution to sustainable livelihoods, social protection and youth empowerment.

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2012 as IYC, under the theme “Promoting Cooperatives Beyond 2012,” in recognition of the role of cooperatives in socio-economic development, including employment generation, poverty reduction and social integration. Cooperatives are characterized as member-driven enterprises that balance member and community needs and interests with the pursuit of profit. [UN Press Release] [Statement of UN Secretary-General] [IYC Website]


Commons in your Language?

Thanks to our Language Centers Coordinators and their team of translators, Commons Action for the United Nations has the latest flyer available for download in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. To download a copy in your language click HERE or go to our Commons Resources tab and click on Powerful Tools Flyer.

Are You a Commoner?

If you are a Commoner — stop by our FACEBOOK page, introduce yourself, share your story and LIKE our page.


Together, let us make the Commons more visible!


World on the Web

Click on this link to download the full document: A World on the Web and Universal Access Resources (not financial) for Capacity Building

A World on the Web that Works for All

This would be a giant web portal dedicated to fostering the well being of all people and nature. It would be agreed by governments and implemented by the UN Secretariat with participation of stakeholders worldwide. It could become: a global market place and a learning center for sustainable development. It could build global governance and accountability in a variety of ways. Finally it could help to build a foundation for a global economy based on the well being of all people and nature.

A global market place for sustainable goods and services

This World on the Web could be developed into a global market place for the purchase or exchange of goods and services for sustainable development.

Each product and service would be listed with its advantages and disadvantages relative to sustainability as experienced by users worldwide, including, where relevant, carbon, water and ecological footprints.