Suggested Readings on the Commons


We’ve had many requests for a list of articles that we’ve found to be the most helpful when trying to get a grasp on what the commons (and commons-based thinking) is, as well as how it applies to nonprofits, social justice and social change.  Below is a list of our favorite resources so far.  We’ll be adding to this over time, but here’s a few to get you started.  Feel free to email suggestions to

Web Resources
Forum Organizing Project
Common Security Clubs

Articles and Essays
Introducing The Commons by Kim Klein
Race, Wealth and the Commons by Dedrick Muhammad & Chuck Collins
Chaos or Commons? by Chuck Collins
Indigenous Peoples and the Commons by Preston Hardison
What Power Looks Like by David Rothkopf
Who Says You Can’t Change the World? Just Economies and Societies on an Unjust Planet by Beverly Bell and the Other Worlds Collaborative
How a New Jobless Era will Transform America by Don Peck

Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth by David Bollier
The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy by Raj Patel

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