Special Spaces

Spaces that are a bit more complicated than the standard goods, landing in one of these spaces can have positive or negative consequences.

Tragedy of the Commons

This is when a communal resource is overused by individuals, each thinking that their actions won’t make a difference, however the collective impact is more than the resource can take and it is damaged or destroyed. This is a tragedy because, in seeking their own personal gain, members of the group ultimately hurt themselves.


When a group of people come together, normally for a specific purpose (eg to discuss something).


The administrative system governing any large institution, whether publicly owned or privately owned. The term often has negative connotations, with people considering bureaucracies to be inefficient, and inflexible to individuals.

Central agora

This was the central public space in ancient Greek city-states and was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city. The word agora is literally translated as “gathering place” or “assembly”.


This is when a project or venture is funded by lots of people who each provide a small amount of money, this is normally done via the internet.


In most countries people need to take out a mortgage loan in order to purchase a property, there are normally very high interest rates and so you end up paying far more than the value of the property.

Detention Center

Somewhere people are detained, either in response to having committed a crime (a jail, prison or young person’s detention centre) or more unfairly (in the case of immigrants, political prisoners).

Dance club

Normally somewhere you go to have fun with your friends, but in Commonspoly it distracts you from focusing on the common good!

Inalienable Goods

We refer to these as inalienable goods as they are intrinsically connected with the commons and cannot be private or public.

Coop (cooperative)

A group of people who work together to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations. They often do this through an enterprise that is jointly owned and managed democratically by the group.

Social Center

This is a space used by the community for various not-for-profit activities (e.g. cafes, free shops, public computer access, legal collectives or providing a support network for minority groups).

P2P Net

A network for sharing resources or information from one person to another without the need for an external system.

Eco-consumers cooperative

A cooperative of environmentally conscious people who buy locally produced fruit and vegetables in small quantities so as to produce minimal waste.

Hack Labs

A community-operated work space where people with common interests, often in computers and technology, can meet, socialise and collaborate.

Urban garden

A garden accessible by the whole community, enabling people without gardens to grow their own fruit and vegetables and providing a space for people to meet and interact with one another.

Health Goods

These are all goods that relate to one’s physical and mental well-being.

Elderly home

A place that cares for older people.


A place that cares for sick people.


Somewhere people go to refresh their body and relax.


A place that cares for people suffering from long term illnesses.

Tennis Court

Somewhere people go to play sport and interact with others.

Swimming pool

Somewhere people go to do some relaxing exercise and have fun.

First dates social centre

Somewhere people go to socialise, and meet new people.


A mode of exercise that is beneficial for both the body and mind.


A mode of transport that reduces reliability on public transport and is also a form of exercise.

Intangible Goods

These are goods that have a positive impact on society but that cannot be measured physically. They often relate to the sharing of knowledge.

Socio cultural centre

This is somewhere with library facilities, public computer access, a hall for events, and a social space with newspapers, cards, and board games.


Somewhere students go to learn between the ages of 4 and 18.


Somewhere students who want to continue their studies after finishing at school will go to study further in a more specific area.


A source of free information that is provided by the general public and is accessible to everyone.


A space used to either store or borrow money. Banks will often provide mortgages or loans with very high interest rates.

Fab lab (fabrication laboratory)

A centre with various digital fabrication tools (e.g. 3D printer, Computer-aided Design) allowing people to make anything they want or can imagine.


A computer programme or device that enables other programmes and computers to function.

Multi confessional chapel

A place of worship that can be used by people of all religions.

Environmental Goods

These are all goods that are related to the environment and caring for the environment


Somewhere that food is produced and that people from the city can visit to learn more about the origins of their food.

Sea Shore

The area where the sea meets the land, often this is somewhere very beautiful.

Vegetable garden

A place for people to grow their own fruit and vegetables.


A public space with trees and grass for when people want to spend time outside in a nice environment.

Charging station

A space used to charge electric cars. These are better for the environment than cars that run on petrol or diesel.

Old quarry

Somewhere that was once used to extract rocks and minerals from the ground. Old quarries are often visited by hikers and walkers.


A natural woodland area, home to flora and fauna.

Tap water

Better for the environment than buying bottled water.


A stream of water flowing from high ground to the sea. Settlements have formed on the banks of rivers for thousands of years and so most capital cities will have a river running through them.

Nature reserve

Land that is protected so as to protect wildlife, flora and fauna, and other geological features.

Urban Goods

These are all goods that related to the urban lifestyle.

Electricity infrastructures

Public item used to provide everybody with electricity.


Somewhere people to go buy or sell things. A market is normally formed of a selection of stalls.


Somewhere people go for entertainment, where live plays (or musicals) are performed.

Abandoned building

A building that is no longer in use and therefore no longer being cared for. Squatters and protesters often take over abandoned buildings and turn them into common spaces (until they are evicted).

Tram circuit

A public transport infrastructure that reduces the number of people using cars.

Skate park

Somewhere people go to skate, cycle and rollerblade. Skate parks provide a well-needed space for young people to socialise.


A public space that provides people with access to supplies they might not otherwise have (in particular books, newspapers and magazines, computer or internet access, toilets).

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