Omni Commons

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The Omni Commons are a group of thirteen collectives in San Francisco's Bay Area devoted to DIY and community education.[1][2][3] It traces its inception to the Occupy movement, specifically Occupy Oakland, and was founded in 2014 on the principles of "community, positive creation and radical inclusion".[4][5]


Constructed in 1933, the building at 4799 Shattuck Ave in Oakland was conceived as the meeting hall for Club L'Igure, the Italian garbagemen's social club. The 22,000 sq ft building hosts a 4,000 sq ft ballroom, a large foyer, a Disco room complete with illuminated floors, a children's play room, a large industrial kitchen, and many more spaces of varying sizes.[6] The building is available to the community for hosting a wide variety of events.[7]


The Commons currently consist of 13 member collectives ranging from activist groups to hackerspaces,[5][8] each of which have a representative in the Omni Oakland Collective's Delegate Council, the decision making body of the group.[9] Collectives include:

Counter Culture Labs[edit]

A biohacker and citizen science lab in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, Counter Culture Labs serves as a community laboratory and hackerspace for people of any skill level.[10]

Sudo Room[edit]

An open-membership hackerspace in Oakland with an emphasis on community outreach and service.[11] Active projects hosted by Sudo Room include a weekly hardware hack night, regular programming hangouts, and People's Open Network, a community wireless network being developed by Sudo Mesh, in the San Francisco Bay Area.[12][13]

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  1. ^ Stelzer, Andrew (2016-10-09). "5 Years After Occupy Oakland, Still Fighting for the 99 Percent". KQED News. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  2. ^ Mark, Julian. "Newly Formed Multi-Disciplinary Collective Omni Oakland Eyes Former Omni Building". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  3. ^ Anderson, Eric James (2014-11-18). "Oakland's Omni Commons space is where it's at - Oakland Local". Oakland Local. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  4. ^ Bethencourt, Ryan (2015-12-10). "Oakland's Tech Boom Will Be Very Different from San Francisco's — The Bold Italic — San Francisco". The Bold Italic. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  5. ^ a b "Spirit of Occupy lives on in new super-collective". The Mercury News. 2 January 2015. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  6. ^ various authors. "Omni Commons Wiki-- Building". Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Ballroom events listing". Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  8. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  9. ^ "Founding Document". Omni Commons. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  10. ^ Harhen, Nora (2016-04-08). "Back and Forth: Counter Culture Labs". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  11. ^ "Sudo Room". Live Work Oakland. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Sudo Room Calendar of Events". Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  13. ^ Martin, Will. " Network Map". blog. Retrieved 24 July 2017.

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