Dec 6th – 12th

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The votes are in!

Thank you to all of the video submissions and community votes we received in this
first go-around of a World Commons Week ‘teaching the commons’ video contest!

Vote tally methodology:

  • Step 1. The five finalist videos were selected from a broader pool of submissions by a 5-person panel of commons scholars, practitioners and educators.
  • Step 2. A voting survey form was sent to all members of IASC and all affiliates of the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University. Votes were collected during World Commons Week 2021 (December 6-11). The survey asked these community members to pick their choices for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place out of the five finalists.
  • Step 3. A weighted scoring method used to determine the winners. 1st place votes received 3 points, 2nd place votes received 2 points, and 3rd place votes received 1 point. Points then were totaled to determine the placements.
  • Note: There is no connection between the winners and the organizers of the contest. The scores were based entirely on the outcome of IASC and Ostrom Community voting. 


Van Panchayat: The Forest Commons of Himalaya

by Varun Raja (Apex Film Works, Bhopal India) and Seema Ravandale (University of Massachusetts Amherst).
Intended educational audience: university level and the broader public. 


The SICADE-model to understand Institutions for Collective Action

by Coline Serres, Damion Bunders and others with the Institutions for Collective Action team at
Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Intended educational audience: University level.


Lego, Minifigs and Dinosaurs: The Tragedy of the Commons Explained

by Frank van Laerhoven at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Intended educational audience: secondary and possibly primary school.


Listed in alphabetical order.
Note: The vote tallies for the third place candidate were very close.

The Institutional Naturalist - for university students

by Erik Nordman, Grand Valley State University
Intended educational audience: university level.

Teaching the Commons: A Remote Experience

- for university students

by Elia Elisa Cia Alves and Alan Henrique Gomes, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil
Intended educational audience: university level.

A Closing Note of Thanks

A big THANK YOU to all the developers of videos submitted and to all IASC and Ostrom Workshop affiliates who voted on the finalists. We hope you enjoyed the contest!

We will be soliciting permission to all finalists to have their videos placed on the IASC and Ostrom Teaching the Commons Youtube channel as we as a community work to build up a library of teaching resources around commons and commoning research and practice and targeting all different age groups.

We hope to run another such contest in next year’s World Commons Week event, probably in October 2022, and we encourage you to start thinking about that now. It is never too early to start developing an entry.

With gratitude and thank you for sharing in the celebration of commons research, practice and education in this pandemic, scaled-down version of World Commons Week 2021!

The World Commons Week 2021 Organizing Committee