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Ellen Friedman has shared this list of educational materials.  Thanks, Ellen!

Core Materials

Commons Transition Plan

Additional Materials

How to Think Like a Commoner (a short introductory book by David Bollier):
Wealth of the Commons (David Bollier & Silke Helfrich’s book of 72 essays, available for free download):
Patterns of Commoning (Another set of essays from David and Silke, available Oct 2015, website to be launched any day):
The Commons (a documentary about the commons to be released in the next few months, might be a great way to gather and educate people)
Youtube has many videos related to the commons. Search suggestions: David Bollier, Michel Bauwens, Silke Helfrich
Local enclosures
Great Lakes Commons Map (a resource of healing and harming stories related to the Great Lakes, a possible source to discover info about local enclosures)
Bad Actors, Bad Outcomes map collection (another source to find local enclosures, especially related to the oil and gas industry)

Links to peer-to-peer (p2p) and Commons Organizations

p2p Foundation Leading thought and collaboration site in all things p2p
Commons Transition Policy proposals and ideas to implement a Social Knowledge Economy
 On the Commons A commons movement strategy center founded in 2001
 Commons Strategies Group A partnership to help advance the commons as a paradigm in diverse settings — both in theory and practice
CommonSpark empowering sharing communities to reclaim and create commons


We have left the ubiquitous Amazon link off these listings because we want to encourage you to find them at your local independent bookstore, which you can find here.

Ostrom, Elinor, Governing the Commons : The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions) Elinor Ostrom pioneered studies in managing commons, and as a result of her work was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2009.
Benkler, Yoki, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom In this book, Yoki Benkler develops a comprehensive social theory of the Internet and the networked information economy
Klein, Naomi, This Changes Everything In this tour de force, Naomi Klein demonstrates how enclosure of commons in a capitalistic framework has provided the world with globe-threatening crises and how we can use this to create a more humane world

Films, etc.

CommonsFilm A documentary film about communities re-asserting sustainable futures using consensus, equity and shared resources – ancient Commons principles