Omni Commons

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The Omni Commons is a group of nine 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 The Ligure Club,[6] 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 with formerly-illuminated floors, a children's play room, a large industrial kitchen under renovation, and many more spaces of varying sizes.[7]


The Commons currently consist of 9 member collectives ranging from activist groups to hackerspaces,[5][8] each of which have a representative in the Omni Commons' Delegates 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. Archived from the original on 2016-09-06. 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. ^ "History - Ligure Club of Oakland". Ligure Club, Inc. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  7. ^ various authors. "Omni Commons Wiki-- Building". 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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