Commons Network

Identity card

Commons Network is a civil society organisation that works with activists, thinkers, pioneers and policy makers to tell stories, build networks and propose policies to support commoners and defend the commons throughout Europe.

We believe the world urgently needs a new narrative and that the commons represents a socially and economically sustainable paradigm for this. We believe communities, cities and regions, rather than nation-states, are the backbone of the new translocal consciousness.


Transition to a social-ecological society:

  • strengthen the commons movement

  • influence polices

  • tell stories

The Commons Network tells stories, builds networks and proposes policy on many levels to support commoners and defend the commons. We aim to bridge the gap between inspiring local initiatives and a European perspective on policy. We aim to move political movement discourse beyond a solely individual rights perspective to consider collective interests and the greater defence of the natural and immaterial commons.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • networking of actors
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • media actions: pamphlet, opinion paper, campaign
  • books, reviews publishing
  • development of teaching material
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies
  • case studies, models and simulations
  • development of participatory tools and methods
  • research, analysis

Target audience

  • economic players
  • activists, campaigners
  • public authorities, elected representatives, administrations
  • general public
  • international institutions

Thematic areas

  • governance
  • law and justice
  • economy
  • environment
  • research and technological innovation
  • Climate energy
  • information
  • democracy
  • research and social innovation
  • commons