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Commons in Action

"Commons in action" is a joint program by the IASC and the Elinor Ostrom Award. The animation was done by the Viumasters. Get to know their work at

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Write your Impact Story

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Follow the outline to write your story

Commons Impact Story Outline

  1. Country:
  2. Type of resource(s) involved (e.g. forests, rangelands, water, etc.)
  3. What change happened to:
    • - Strengthen rights to the commons?
      - Improve livelihoods?
      - Enhance sustainable management?
      - Preserve traditional knowledge?
      - Facilitate common action?
      - Develop or create new commons? (digital information commons, Cultural Commons, Genetic Resource Commons, Scientific Research Commons, Intellectual property and Open Source Licensing).
      - Apply the commons theory in economy?
      - Empower women, young people and others?
  4. When did this happen (over what period)? Stories must refer to the last 20 years.
  5. What were key factors that made this happen?
  6. Who was involved (what organizations or key individuals)?
  7. Who benefitted from these changes?
  8. What was the connection with IASC that facilitated this change? (for example, if attending an IASC conference and field trip was influential in showing that this could be done).
  9. Were you personally involved?
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