In this video, Ted Reeve interviews Bill Phipps, ordained minister, lawyer, politician and former moderator of the United Church of Canada. Ted invites Bill to reflect on his life’s experience as a social activist, church leader and politician, and offer his wisdom as a message of encouragement to young people.

How a group on Gabriola Island is living into a commoning way of life.

The principle of the commons, the sharing of resources, and the integrity of community life, is the foundation on which western Canada was built. Yet abundance has turned out to have its own dangers. The role of co-ops as the alternative to agri-business and its destructive effect on communities. Video by Tom Radford.

This film by eco-commons collaborator Tom Radford explores how the system of unfettered capitalism in Canada has allowed the Tar Sands in Fort McMurray Alberta to generate a billion dollars a day for investors while destroying the way of life for First Nations people.

Kate Raworth has developed over the last decade or more a helpful way to measure our ecological, economic, and social wellbeing so that we might work together to live within the donut — a place of equilibrium and sustainability. Her website and videos explain this helpful “index of wellbeing.”

Vandana Shiva summarizes the need for a global commons movement to replace the earth-destroying capitalist system that we now have.

Chad Frischmann argues in this Ted Talk that there are many concrete solutions already available to respond to climate change and to solve other pressing global issues.

Silvia Frederici, in this interview with a German TV station, demonstrates that the commons is again becoming a powerful way of organizing our social and economic lives. She refutes the “tragedy of the commons” idea and points to how women are at the forefront of the commons movement.

George Monbiot provides a succinct definition of neoliberallism as the dominant economic system of our day. He explains how it operates and who benefits the most. He relates it to climate change and issues of migration these days.

Jeremy Lent presents a helpful and hopeful explanation of how we are in the midst of a huge shift in human organization and relation to the planet. He calls this new era “Ecological Civilization” while we are calling it an “eco-commons.” We have similar intentions of moving towards a cooperative and sustainable way of life.

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