How do the necessary material and intangible contributions like know-how and creativity come together?
Contributing freely means giving without the expectation that you will get an equivalent return, at least not right then and there.
Contributions to a commons can be a joy or a necessity, but most often both. Work is usually done voluntarily or by collective agreement, but in any case it is a person’s freely given contribution, not a transaction. It is also important to internalize the idea that not all commoners can or must contribute the same amount. By making people’s varying ability to contribute transparent, a sense of fairness in situations of mutuality can be established.
# Examples - The classic idea of volunteer work, such as a voluntary fire brigade. - Individual material contributions such as bringing food to a communal picnic or giving seeds to a community garden. - Sharing knowledge and skills such as repairing bikes, laying tiles, or editing Wikipedia entries. - Care work and mental tasks, such as organizing a meeting, and maintaining online systems.