Community Commons is a place where data, tools, and stories come together to inspire change and improve communities. We provide public access to thousands of meaningful data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities so you can thoroughly explore community health.

As a mission driven organization, the technology and resources that we develop directly provide innovation for the future. We aim to make our custom tools publicly available whenever possible and our partners understand and support this public-good mission.

Our Theory of Action

The goal of Community Commons is to increase the impact of those working toward healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. We believe this happens when Commons users access our tools to gain a deeper understanding of community assets and opportunities and then use data visualizations to convey that knowledge through partnerships and collaboration. The Commons works best when those collaborations then create and implement plans of action and return the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t back to the greater Commons’ community.

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This is why we created Community Commons — to bring change-makers together to connect with thought-leaders and peers, share stories and strategies, and use the latest technology and tools to make lasting change.

Our Team

The site is Community Commons. The people that manage it are Institute for People, Place and Possibility, the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, and Community Initiatives. This three-organization team is a hardworking, dedicated group from a wide variety of backgrounds that brings a lot of passion to this work.


Our Partners
We’re grateful for the support of our many partners that believe in the power of our innovative platform and what it offers to the healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement.


Contact Us

Institute for People, Place, and Possibility (IP3)   501 Fay Street, Suite 206  Columbia, MO 65201 573-442-2307  support@communitycommons.org