5. Property

Take Back Property: Commoning


When we think of property, we generally think of private property owned by individuals. But property can also be collectively-owned private property, state owned property and open access property.  And property might be land and housing but it can also include cultural resources such as language and music; social resources such as health and educational systems; knowledge resources such as Indigenous ecological knowledge, and scientific and technological advancements; and biophysical resources such as air, sunlight and ecological communities.

Taking back property means treating all forms of property and resources as commons which are managed with a view to the long-termfuture of people and the planet.

Taking Back Property, Chapter 5 Tool

You might find the Chapter 5 Template useful when using this tool.


Professor Nicholas Blomley from Simon Fraser University has adapted this tool so students can produce their own time-property geographies.