Urban Commons and Empowered Cities

The threat of global finance, environmental collapse, social unrest, anxiety and hatred: in many ways, the city is the frontline of a global battle against exploitative and extractive systems. Fortunately, the city is also where some of the most inspiring resistance movements are started. Commons Network works with these movements and their allies in local politics.

The city or the neighbourhood should be seen as a commons: a social system with a dedicated community that owns and manages the city or the neighbourhood according to inclusive and democratic rules. That’s how we can re-claim the Right to the City. That’s why we work on sustainable and social food systems, value-based feminist economies, democratic data commons, guerilla gardening, energy coopertives and other solidarity networks.

Key words: Municipalism, Fearless Cities, Urban Commons, Food Citizenship, Housing Crisis, Anti-racism, Worker Owned Cooperatives, Informational Self-determination, Data Sovereignty, Technological Infrastructure, Informal Care, Feminist Economies, Caring Economy, Mental Health, Sanctuary Cities

Projects that are part of the Urban Commons and Empowered Cities Programme:

Fearless City Amsterdam

Fearless City Amsterdam

Mapping Urban Commons

Mapping Urban Commons

Commons Transition Plan

Commons Transition Plan

Empowering Democracy

Empowering Democracy

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