The Digital Space Commons
is the first real-world instantiation of the Intercommons model
for a nonstock membership corporation. The Digital Space Commons
is a reorganization of DigitalSpace Corporation, a privately held
California C-Corporation established in 1995 and financially successful
in the fields of 3D virtual worlds, communication and collaboration
The Creative Commons is an intellectual property conservancy
founded to enrich and cultivate the public domain and to facilitate
sharing of artistic, literary, scientific, and other intellectual
works with the public on generous terms. Creative Commons is a non-profit
corporation led by Directors Hal Abelson (Massachusetts Institute
of Technology), James Boyle (Duke Law School), Michael Carroll (Villanova
Law School), Eric Eldred (Eldritch Press), Lawrence Lessig (Stanford
Law School), and Eric Saltzman (Harvard Law School).
On May 16,
2002, the Creative Commons site was launched and DigitalSpace entered
into a memoranum of understanding with the Creative Commons formalizing
our collaboration over the last twelve months. DigitalSpace will
continue to work with the Creative Commons providing advice regarding
intellectual property issues from the perspective of a software
developer. We hope to engage with Creative Commons and others on
the further development of the Intercommons.
Commons Related links:
The Chaordic Commons is a
global network of individuals and organizations committed to pioneering
new ways to organize, based on the discovery and expression of deep
common purposes and essential principles of right relationship.
for the Public Domain, an initiative set up by Bob Young of
RedHat, is a philanthropic foundation based in Durham, North Carolina.
The Center is dedicated to addressing the diverse challenges surrounding
the preservation of a large and robust public domain. Through grant
making, original research, conferences, and collaborative programs,
the Center seeks to call attention to the importance of the public
domain and spur effective, practical solutions and responses. Its
work is animated by the conviction that new legal regimes, social
institutions and transparent technologies must be created to fortify
the information commons. See their excellent links on the concepts
Friendly Favors is a Web
based community providing support for each other's projects by sharing
our know-how, connections and resources.
The OpenPrivacy initiative
is an Open Source collection of software frameworks, protocols and
services providing a cryptographically secure and distributed platform
for creating, maintaining, and selectively sharing user profile
The members of the Identity
Commons are builders and users of an electronic network where
all individuals and organizations agree to give each other control
over our information, identity, and relationships consistent with
The Venture Collective
is a grassroots, tax-exempt, donor-guided investment fund, providing
working capital for inventing positive futures.
The Berkana Institute
is a 501-c3 charitable scientific, educational, and research foundation.
Since 1992, Berkana has worked with people around the world to discover
new organizational forms, processes, and leadership based on an
in-depth understanding of how life organizes in ways that are interdependent,
generous and self-organizing.
The Planetwork Consortium
is a new initiative, bringing together information technology professionals
with civil society to create a network of individuals, organizations
and businesses who endorse the Earth Charter, and the ecological
sustainability and social justice values it represents.
The Software Conservancy is a
nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State
of California. Its primary role is to serve as an independent, neutral
organization to hold copyright to open source or free software source
code and to fulfill related functions with respect to public software
development projects creating such code. The Conservancy was originally
The Contact Consortium is a 501c(3)
forum and research and development for virtual communities and visual
virtual worlds on the Internet. Founded in 1995, the Contact Consortium
and its members have pioneered some of the leading edge applications
of avatars and shared cyberspaces in social organization, learning,
science and personal expression.