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Welcome to the Commons Learning Alliance!

The Commons Learning Alliance is a growing worldwide community of people participating in the global commons. We support the developing commons movement, as well as interested organizations and individuals, with well-organized knowledge resources and educational programs featuring the commons.

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Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now

on Sun, 07/24/2011 - 09:24

In their new book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze invite you on a learning journey to seven communities around the world to meet people who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create healthy and resilient communities.

Announcing the Birth of the School of Commoning! Open to All and Co-Learning Together

on Sun, 05/22/2011 - 11:18

Dear Commons Learning Alliance members and interested parties...

George Por, Anna Betz, myself and others have co-founded the School of Commoning as an online and offline forum for commons education based in London. For more information please go to...

Canadians in conversation about reclaiming the commons

on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 06:02

Consumerism is a threat not only to the planet and its ecosystems but to the natural functioning of human society. Reclaiming and rebuilding the commons -- that is what we share and do together -- is fundamental to fulfilling the World Social Forums' declaration that 'a better world is possible.'

Evolving Open Commons Regions

on Sun, 05/08/2011 - 18:43

“So much valuable knowledge is locally produced but underutilized because it is not freely shared.”~ Leonhard Dobusch (ref1)

What would a region or locality look like if knowledge was freely shared? Would the value within this knowledge be realized in our everyday lives, navigating our towns and cities? These were a few initial questions that lept into my mind when reviewing an account by Laurent Stranskraba of the Open Commons Region Linz event which was held on April 11th 2011 at the VHS Knowledge Tower...

Two serious games, where players address real-world challenges

on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 11:59
I’ve been working on the development of a global commons oriented game since I first watched Jane McGonigal’s TED talk. Reading her book, I started envisioning the game's core idea, challenges, and gameplay. As it frequently happens, when i become passionate and focused on a possibility, news, ideas, connections and other resources start showing up. The latest example is my serendipitous discovery that there's already a Commons game, where players address real-world challenges.

The Great Lakes Overview

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 02:23

This is a briefing document on Great Lakes (General Facts, Environmental Challenges, Economic Impact, Water Use, Governance, Structures for Commons)

America’s North Coast: A Benefit-Cost Analysis of a Program to Protect and Restore the Great Lakes

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:55

This study answers the question: what are healthy Great Lakes worth to the regional and national economies? If the nation and region invest in Great Lakes ecosystem restoration as the EPA-led task force recommends, what will be the economic return on that investment? The findings of this study conclude that restoration will provide economic benefits to both the region and the nation that substantially exceed the costs.

Restoring the Trust: Water Resources and the Public Trust Doctrine, A Manual for Advocates

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:54

The public trust doctrine holds that certain natural resources belong to all and cannot be privately owned or controlled because of their inherent importance to each individual and society as a whole. A clear declaration of public ownership, the doctrine reaffirms the superiority of public rights over private rights for critical resources.


on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:52

The Great Lakes region, too long tagged with the misleading nickname, The Rust Belt, could show the rest of the country the way forward to the next economy. Although battered by decades of declining economic health, and particularly by the recession, the nation’s heartland still has many of the fundamental resources—top-ranked universities, companies with deep experience in global trade, and emerging centers of clean energy research to name just a few—necessary to create a better, more sustainable, economic model.


on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:50

Under the Compact, the eight Great Lakes states agree to adopt water-conservation plans and to abide by Compact rules for allowing and managing diversions of Great Lakes water. The Compact recognizes the lakes as a shared resource which no single state owns, but of which all states are stewards. As such, a defining feature of the Compact is its emphasis on using regional cooperation to manage the lakes as a single ecosystem.