There are "commons" everywhere almost always protected by social rules or conventions that are at one time very strong, but also in a legal sense very weak.
Every common is subject to abuse, and that to protect it there MUST be rules.
What you think matters. Your own self talk is the most important conversation you will ever have. That conversation is enlarged and honed and improved by the conversations you have with others.
Access to the information commons on the Internet can vastly enlarge your world. The use of search tools like Google has put written resources, plus video and audio files in your hands.
However the connection to other people is the energy that really drives online life. The Internet encourages group forming, and each of these groups is a commons for members. The most successful groups engage members in a community of practice where the skills of the groups most experienced people are shared with newer members.
A Street Group gives you an opportunity to build a digital common in your own street. How far that develops into a real common on the street will depend on the members.
Mr Veitch anticipates that there are difficult times ahead and that the practical value of Street Groups will be demonstrated in helping people through difficult transitions. The economy is likely to become weak and be so for a long time. People need either jobs, or access to real assets so they can work with those assets to create a livelihood. These are problems the whole community needs to help solve.
Spaceship Earth is our home. The Earth supports us all or it doesn't. A better world is possible, but we still have to build it.