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We are guardians of the Great Lakes and our collective knowledge and care remain our greatest gifts. We all benefit from your experience.

Here you can share your story on WHY we need to protect the Great Lakes as a commons and hopefully even HOW. Check out the How To page for more support on what a commons is and what are some of the major issues.

More Tips on Adding Your Story

We made a short video tutorial to help you (newer version coming soon)

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Why should we work towards a Great Lakes Commons and how ?

Share original content or give a brief introduction and link to your own website. Stories can include observations, analysis, strategies, or ceremonies. They can also include questions. Each story acts like a blog post with the option for readers to comment, so consider starting a dialogue if you like.


Click on as many Categories that best fit your story. These help others to find your story when filtered with similar ones.

Contact Information:

This information allows the map coordinator to check-in with you if needed and also promotes the needed visibility and accessibility of a commons community.

Find Location:

Search or use the zoom/move map tools to find the location that best fits your story.

Refine Location Name:

Use the address or closest and most descriptive location you feel comfortable using or have access to

More Tips on Optional Parts:

Modify Date:

Change the date information if needed.

Polygon, Line, and Multiple location Tools:

Below the map are 3 options. Simply click the option you want. The pencil + tool allows multiple story locations. The polygon and lines tools allow a range of shapes and paths. Simply click once to start drawing and double-click to finish. Use the delete and clear buttons if needed.

Website, Photo, Audio Source or Video Links:

Hit the + sign to add another.

Upload Photo:

Browse your computer to select and upload one of these media files. Photos can include a range of expression including: paintings, murals, street art, and any photo of creative work. The Commons Map aims to be as visual and accessible as possible so always consider adding some content here.

Who Owns Content on the Great Lakes Commons Map?

All content on this Map is under Creative Commons license 4.0. This allows others to share and build on all content, but only for non-commercial uses and only by giving appropriate credit. Contact us if you have any questions about this