Common Work: Learnings for the Future from Common Field  is a podcast and writing series exploring the history of our field, Common Field’s organizational journey and the work that is shaping the future today.

This four-part series pairs podcast episodes with commissioned essays around four themes: Foundations, Common Field in Practice, Community Building is Culture, and Sustainability for the Future. Contributors include artists and leaders across the sector as well as former and current Common Field staff and board members. Alongside this thematic series, the project offers resources in the User Guide and Organizational Notes & Findings.

Project Team
Common Work: Learnings for the Future from Common Field was produced with oversight by Chris Tyler, graphic design by Alexa Smithwrick, copyediting by Nicolay Duque and administrative support from Raquel DuToit. Jack Straw Cultural Center recorded, edited and produced this podcast series. Common Work: Learnings for the Future was developed and curated by Sheetal Prajapati. This project and Common Field were supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Common Work User Guide (pdf)

project introduction, resources and contributor biographies

Common Work Organizational Notes & Findings (pdf)
charts, graphics and a map about the life and work of Common Field

Common Work All Files (pdf)
This pdf includes all project writings including the User Guide, 4 essays + audio transcriptions and Organizatinal Notes & Findings in one document. 

All podcast episodes are available at this soundcloud link.

Part I Foundations 
Episode 1 with Roberto Bedoya, Sheetal Prajapati, James McAnally and An Duplan
Essay:  Governance Through Sunsetting (pdf)
by Sarah Williams and Jackie Clay with audio transcription of Episode 1  

Part II Common Field in Practice
Episode 2 with Chris Tyler, Kristel Baldoz, Kevin Ritter, Mars Avila, Hannah Grossman and Amanda Choo Quan
Essay: Who is Common Field’s Network for? (pdf)
By Ikram Lakhdhar with audio transcription of Episode 2

Part III Community Building is Culture
Episode 3
with Lorie Mertes, Vashti Dubois and 
Matthew Fluharty
Essay: wičhóyanke (a community of people) 
By Mary Bordeaux and Clementine Bordeaux with audio transcription of Episode 3

Part IV Sustainability for the Future 
Episode 4
with Ayesha Williams, Diya Vij, and
Larry Ossei-Mensah
Essay: A Culture to Hold the Leaders We Need (pdf)
by Shaun Leonardo and Allison Freedman Weisberg with audio transcription of Episode 4