"Culture is ordinary", the British sociologist Raymond Williams once said. The same can be said about commoning. Basically it is common, but in many places people don’t pay attention to it and it is therefore a challenge to understand. Commoning is a social process by which people organize themselves on an equal footing in order to get along well with each other and produce useful, meaningful things for themselves and others. It is about people deciding collectively and responsibly what they need and how they shall steward, provision and distribute their shared wealth, such as resources, time, or spaces. Trust is key to successful commoning. However, it cannot be presupposed to exist, but arises only in the doing. It is important to bring a trusting attitude, but not blind trust, in the expectation that one’s actions will produce trust.

The patterns of commoning here are intended to help guide your own commoning practices.

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