World Commons Week 2021


This is the 4th annual World Commons Week (WCW) event!
(past years: 2018, 2019, 2020)

Because of the ongoing pandemic, we’re doing something a little different this year.

We’re sponsoring a Teaching the Commons Video Contest.

Entries are due November 15th, 2021.

Viewing and voting will be December 6-12, 2021.

Scroll below for information on how you can participate — and we hope you will!

Teaching the Commons
Video Contest

Calling all commons scholars, teachers, practitioners or students

We challenge you to produce a 3-5 minute video that communicates or teaches commons terminology, concepts or research progress to one of three different audience categories: 

  • children (primary school age), 
  • secondary (secondary/high school age), and 
  • university undergraduate and graduate students.
The call for entries closes on November 15th, 2021. To submit, use WeTransfer to send your videos to
Voting on finalists will take place on WCW 2021 week, December 6-12th, on this website.
There will be winners for each of the three categories, and a $500 prize for each thanks to the generosity of the Ostrom Workshop!
For more information, press the Open button below. 

World Commons Week Goals

Promote Knowledge​

Encourage the exchange of commons-related knowledge across the globe.

Promote Experience

Foster the mutual exchange of ideas, scholarship, and practical experience.

Celebrate Commons

Celebrate and expand the research and practice of commons and commoning.

WCW 2021 Video Contest Organizers


Harini Nagendra

Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India


Charlie Schweik

Professor, University of Massachusetts, AmhersT; President Elect iasc


Scott Shackelford

Associate Professor and Executive Director Ostrom Workshop,
Indiana University


Insa Theesfeld

Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy, Institute of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany); President IASC


Caren Burgermeister

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, IASC and International Coordinator, Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment, Arizona State University (US)


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