About & Contact

Mission  

Commons Network promotes access to knowledge and other social and ecological causes from the perspective of the commons. We engage in policy formulation as well as public debate, promoting the common good through commons-based solutions. We cooperate with civic initiatives, translating ideas and concerns into broader policy initiatives.

Approach

The Commons Network is a civil society initiative and think-tank working on a local, national and European level. We feel a new balance favoring the common good needs be found in many different spheres of society. The challenge is to create political will and institutions that facilitate and allow for this. The commons approach allows for a comprehensive way to confront this challenge.

We are also an access to knowledge advocacy initiative with a social justice and sustainability approach. We aim to overcome the tension that at times exists between a strict individual rights approach, often embracing a narrow atomistic view of society, and the defense of collective social equity and ecological protection. While also adamant in our defense of individual rights we go beyond this point of view and aim for broader socially just policies that promote fair institutional frameworks for the generation and management of knowledge.

Details

Commons Network – Gemeinnützige UG

Email: info@commonsnetwork.eu

Address

Berlin:     Kyffhäuserstrasse 4 – 10781 Berlin, Germany.  

Brussels: Rue du Trône 51 – 1050 Ixelles, Belgium.

Board

Judit Rius Sanjuan, Oliver Moldenhauer, Gaelle Krikorian. 

Partners

P2P Foundation

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European Alternatives

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European Alliance for Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines

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Knowledge Ecology International

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Remix the Commons

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Health Action International

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Public Citizen

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Funders

Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation

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European Cultural Foundation

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Heinrich Böll Foundation

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Open Society Foundations 

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  • “The biggest ‘tragedy of the commons’ is the misconception that commons are failures”

    David Bollier