As conversation artists, we design interactive opportunities for people to publicly share personal histories for empowerment and preservation.


Hear Golden Gate neighbors reflect on current changes in the area in East Bay Yesterday's latest podcast. Recorded in 2015, these interviews, part of Communities' Crossing, will be featured in Commons Archive's local collection.

Neighbors' Edge, public conversations about Oakland's many changes, is part of Oakland Museum of CA's placekeeping festival. Youth journalists will develop and record programming on the front steps of downtown Oakland's Main Library.

Commons Archive, the development of a North Oakland memory bank at the neighborhood library, is collaborating with community organizations to celebrate the library's centennial in 2018.

Commons Archive, with the generous support of the California Humanities: Humanities for All, will now continue through 2020!

Commons Archive is featured in Oakland North, an online news journal that "aims to explore new ways to give communities back the coverage they're losing."

2018 Neighbors' Edge public conversations about local change led and documented by youth journalists 2017-20 Commons Archive a permanent, participatory neighborhood memory bank at the local library 2017 Commons Archive: The Lasartemays an interactive research room & programing showcasing Oakland African American historians Silver Speaks a set of advocacy tools to preserve a disappearing way of life in a hippie refuge 2016 Onishi Impressions community generated ceramic tile mural honoring the region's natural resources Stories about Cleaning neighbor stories about cleanliness philosophies & tools in an old tea-room Sakura Machi Portraits installation of neighbor images & stories about cleanliness philosophies & tools Machiya Research interviews with interdisciplinary preservationists of traditional architecture 2015 Power Call a nomadic, human-generated energy public commons for mobile device users 2014-15 Communities' Crossing improvisational performance explorations of neighborhood history & gentrification 2014 Finding Klinkner shared cultural research about a neighborhood's early real estate development 2013 WOW: Robert Akeley interviews, photos, barn parties, & exhibition about a neighborhood octogenarian icon 2012 Hands That Do All a permanent cultural commemoration of craftspeople & agriculturalists Hands That Do All Celebration gathered regional portraits and makers' tools in the region's old market hall 2010-11 Walking the Invisible City a permanent self-guided walking tour & podcast of neighbors' stories 2010 Mobile Messaging an interactive community bulletin board towed by tandem bike 2009 A Profile of Four Squares showcased four parks with video and demonstrations 2007-10 10,000 Steps a collaboration with city agencies & community groups to explore downtown historic parks 2007 CAlabama Peddlers an ecotourist exploration to develop & present town slogans for a rural town 2005-10 Temescal Seed Swap an interactive neighborhood exchange to share local seeds & stories 2006 We Riders Archive collected all project data with analysis 2005-06 WE Riders a collaborative bike exploration to culturally define & physically locate Oakland neighborhoods 2003 A Place for History an interactive oral history audio installation & series of performances 2002-03 Bulgaria Time weekly neighborhood performances to broaden Oakland residents' knowledge of Bulgaria 2002 Who Made This in China? an interactive performance to raise awareness about the production of everyday goods A Dictionary of Public Space audio sketches with architects, anarchist and activists about public space during post-communist transition 2001-02 PostMark:Temescal collaborative creation of a community commemoration park 2000 Self-Storage distribution of specialized shopping bags linking identity with commodities 1998-2001 Spoken Memory Maps multimedia oral history about post-communism for radio & local broadcast 1998 Searching for Fairfield's City Centers conversations with residents to define & locate where the city center might be 1996-97 YOU ARE HERE the transformation of an empty lot into a local cultural landmark