Search on properties

Type of initiative

Field of work


Search on keyword

You are here:  en  /  Initiatives  /  On The Commons
back to the overview

On The Commons


On The Commons (OTC) is a movement strategy center founded in 2001. OTC is founded for people who seek to help communities collaborate in new ways. They work on themes like co-creating, equity, sustainability, governance, shared decision making, interdependence and mutual responsibility.


OTC is a platform for those who are interested in creative resource sharing and in reclaiming and protecting commons like forests, water, land, energy and clean air for future generations. The commons belong to all of us. OTC helps people to come together to define a resource as shared, and to ensure that it is equitably and sustainably used.


OTC uses a egalitarian, collaborative, and stewardship-oriented approach in which people are not only users and beneficiaries, but also co-creators, stewards and protectors of shared resources.


OTC connects individuals and organizations through their network in order to expand their collective knowledge. They work to incubate, replicate, and share commons-based initiatives with a wider audience.


The goals for the network include:

∙ Strengthening connection, collaboration, and synergy among commons leaders.

∙ Developing shared knowledge, tools, and materials on the theory and practice of commoning as an emergent approach for fostering social change.

∙ Simultaneously raising the visibility of commons work and increasing its accessibility to all interested communities.


OTC has a leadership team in the field, a small board of directors, and co-directors that manage general operations. The network has its main office in the United States, but works globally. 


They publish a monthly magazine on internet with articles that describe the latest thinking and action in the commons movement. They pay attention to how communities around the world are discovering the commons as a way to solve problems and to share what belongs to all of us equitably – including future generations. 


Permalink  |  Share




Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Action/campaign organization, Information/network organization
Field of work Knowledge and information
Date of commencement 2001
Legal form Network organisation
Continent North America
Country USA
City Minneapolis
One or several keywords that describe your initiative common wealth, sharing econonomy, protecting the commons
More information

Contact person(s)

Ana Micka and Julie Ristau


Contact information

Name On The Commons
Address 2104 Stevens Ave. S
Zip/postal code MN 55404
Place Minneapolis
State/province Minnesota
Country USA
Phone +1 612.879.7530



View all initiatives