Commons Engine
Commons Engine | Commoning
Commons Engine solves real-world problems through helping to generate commons-resource sharing organizations
Sharing Economy, P2P, The Commons, Mutual Credit, Asset-Backed Currency, Microtransactions, Holochain, CryptoCurrency
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What is the Commons?

The “Commons” or “commoning” is a social system for the stewardship of natural resources (like water and land) and shared assets (knowledge artifacts). Commoning expressly focuses on the dynamics of aligning resources, community, governance, and stewardship!


The Commons Engine attends to each of these ingredients, manifesting a fundamental change in thinking that reinvigorates work, politics, production, and care for each other and the Earth.

Valuable concepts for the future of commoning


We offer patterns and tools for generating asset-backed mutual credit crypto-economies.

  • Enable micro-transactions that value even the smallest contributions.
  • Design for highly engaging and rewarding ecosystems.
  • Heighten participation that forge loyal, lasting relationships among network participants.
  • Mitigate risk through load sharing (the keynote of a thriving system!).


Holochain changed cryptocurrency landscape. Now we can have:

  • Currencies backed by assets with real-world value. Goodbye gambling.
  • Mutual credit design. Interest-free sharing made simple!
  • Scalable and cost-effective micro-transaction system. Value all contributions, no matter the size!
  • Simplified design process, involving familiar programming languages like Javascript.
  • Ethical currency designs that stimulate rewarding engagement and relationships that last.

We weave together unique packages of tried-and-true solutions to help producers and entrepreneurs move from economies of extraction to commons of shared abundance and its infinite possibilities.

Holochain - Principles in Action
  • Uses open-source patterns (Holochain) to create a distributed application ecosystem that actually gets more efficient as it scales.
  • Holochain processes a global, high volume of microtransactions so even minuscule contributions can be tracked and acknowledged in our currency systems. This solution came from applying digital technology with inbuilt verification mechanisms to age-old practices of double entry-accounting.
  • Holo makes distributed applications accessible enough for mainstream participantsThis solution came from a “sharing economy” insight: “If folks can rent out a spare room, why not spare computing capacity?”
  • For us, as for other participants in the ecosystem, it is an experiment in scaling up the cooperative governance to do this sharing without the use of extractive platforms. Who needs corporate overlords, anyway?