Tapestry of the Commons - A new interactive rediscovery of the Commons


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Tapestry of the Commons
Reclaiming our Common Wealth

What is or should be Private Property?
What is or should be Common Wealth?

A new interactive rediscovery of the Commons

By weaving ribbons representing different Natural and Cultural Commons the Tapestry emerges that supports all life on the


Satin ribbons representing Nature’s Gifts to all her creations – Sky, Land, Water, Animals –interweave with the gifts of our ancestors, our Cultural Heritage, to form an interdependent Tapestry of the Commons. Together we weave the tapestry, together we remember the gifts of the commons, and together we unweave the ribbons as we assess the current state of our common wealth.

The Tapestry of the Commons is an interactive, engaging and beautiful project for groups of all ages and levels. We can use it to explore the concepts of common, public and private property; interconnectedness and sustainability; and the threats of privatization, globalization, commodification and corporatization. With a narrative grounded in history and through exercises and games we emerge with ideas for focused action designed to reclaim our common wealth.

Click here to view the Tapestry of the Commons project materials, including instructions for construction the tapestry and to contact someone to arrange a Tapestry of the Commons presentation, or for other questions.

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