Everywhere in the city people come together to experiment with new ways of community living. Food Teams, co-housing projects, self managed nurseries, community land trusts, community gardens, sustainable neighbourhoods, LETS-communities, energy cooperatives, groups of people that consider alternatives and work on various themes such as water management, food production, money, labour, or software. At first sight these themes seem rather disconnected from each other, but we feel there is a connection. And gradually we understand these connections better. The concept of the commons reaches us a good tool for this analysis. These initiatives are developing alongside the market. They emphasize use rather than ownership, common ownership and sharing rather than individual property. They try to handle the limited resources of our planet with care, rather than assuming unlimited growth. They favour more solidarity to further polarization. They sometimes depend on the state, but develop in parallel, because they attach great importance to self-governance. Doing this they do not go against policy, but work together with it and deepen it.

We see the connections, we feel the potential. We see how the contours of a new society are being drawn. For about every area of daily life people today are working on concrete alternatives. What if we succeeded in bringing all these alternatives together? Wouldn’t that strengthen our community potential to a big extent? What if we would think together about how the city can be developed based on these principles?