Knowledge Commons, Digital Commons and Access to Medicines 

The commons perspective embraces knowledge as a shared resource. The management of knowledge should be a joint responsibility. Knowledge commons as a political discourse moves us towards policies that facilitate equitable access to and the sustainable management of knowledge.

Rather than a narrow focus on intellectual property or economic value alone, the commons approach requires us to attempt a more comprehensive understanding of value. It requires policies that serve the common good.

Knowledge commons as a political paradigm offers us a range of new opportunities for civic participation, non-market self-provisioning and reduced inequality as well as greater de-centralised innovation.

Commons Network has been working on this for years. Below, we highlight some of that work. Have a look around, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to find out more.