• Rebuilding the flax / textile industry as a commons: Fantasy Fibre Mill

    Rebuilding the flax / textile industry as a commons: Fantasy Fibre Mill

    Dave Darby of Stroud Commons and Lowimpact.org talks with Rosie Bristow and Nick Evans of Fantasy Fibre Mill, working to resurrect the flax / linen industry in the UK, as a commons.

    Read more

  • Stroud Housing Commons: latest news, Jun 2024

    Stroud Housing Commons: latest news, Jun 2024

    We’re building a housing commons in Stroud, and recording everything so that it’s replicable in any town. We’re finalising our partnership agreement, after which we’ll put the first house in the commons. Here’s where we’re at.

    Read more

  • Climbing commons crowdfunder update

    Climbing commons crowdfunder update

    Firstly, THANK YOU! The level of support and enthusiasm shown over the last 5 days speaks volumes. We want to make climbing affordable and accessible for more people in Stroud and your support to date has got this idea off the ground. Summary What does this mean? Initially, this would mean a scaled-back offer in…

    Read more

  • Beginnings of an energy commons for Stroud

    Beginnings of an energy commons for Stroud

    We recently got the opportunity to fund a research project that can lay the groundwork for a community energy project in Stroud. In turn, we are excited to invite you to participate in the Stroud Community Energy and Commoning Survey.

    Read more

  • The future of climbing in Stroud: a plan

    The future of climbing in Stroud: a plan

    We have put together a plan for a climbing gym in Stroud that we think we could feasibly crowdfund, build and operate on a community-run basis. We now need feedback from the community: Does this meet your needs? Would you pledge to and use it? Or, do we need to do something different? We have…

    Read more

  • Help secure ‘town green’ status for land at Doverow Hill, near Stonehouse

    Help secure ‘town green’ status for land at Doverow Hill, near Stonehouse

    Please can you help supporting an application to secure Town Green status for a patch of land at the top of Doverow Hill between Ebley, Stonehouse and Westrip.  If you want to support this too there’s a 2-minute survey to fill in.

    Read more

  • How a new land commons movement can support agroecology

    How a new land commons movement can support agroecology

    There’s huge overlap between the principles of agroecology and of commoning, and growth in the commons movement could mean a shift towards agroecology and away from damaging industrial agriculture, as there would be more access to land for small, organic farmers.

    Read more

  • What makes the commons movement different? (A: it’s much more difficult to co-opt.)

    What makes the commons movement different? (A: it’s much more difficult to co-opt.)

    The commons is a movement to create a different world, not just the same system with a few tweaks to make it more bearable. If successful, obviously there will be entities out there that will try to undermine it, buy it and ultimately, to crush it. But there are aspects to the commons model that…

    Read more

  • A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism

    A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism

    Dil Green is a founder member of Mutual Credit Services, who are working with Stroud Commons to design models for the commons economy for various sectors of the economy. This article first appeared on his blog 5 years ago, but it’s so relevant to the current commons movement, that we’re re-posting it here. If this…

    Read more

  • Easy ways that you can help grow the commons movement

    Easy ways that you can help grow the commons movement

    We’d like to know what you think about our website and the information we’re putting out. Does it make sense? What can we do better?

    Read more