The term “global commons” usually brings to mind the biosphere’s natural resources that everyone shares and benefits from, like water or air.
But the global commons is also home to what’s called the noosphere—all the resources and artifacts created by human reason and scientific thought, such as music, art, language, and research.
Creative Commons has fostered a movement reimagining the idea of the commons as a digital environment of infinite abundance rather than scarcity and red tape. We believe that an open, shared noosphere is key to expanding innovation, quality education, and equitable collaboration around the world.
The Creative Commons team works to ensure that people around the world can access and contribute to the global commons through tools like CC Search, advocating for open education, supporting a vibrant community through the growing CC Global Network, and consulting with national galleries, museums, universities, and governments to adopt open policies and practices. The more people who can access historical and current ideas, art, and data, the better our world will be.