A Commons Conversation speaks to the importance of commons, its legal and social recognition, and the need to protect the rights of local people through the community regulation of the commons. The protagonists took part in a workshop hosted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the German Institute for Human Rights, Using the Voluntary Guidelines to Secure the Commons in Berlin on July 2, 2014. The Technical Guide on Tenure Rights to Commons, is currently in preparation by the IASS within the framework of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), on behalf of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The aim of this technical guide is to support the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure at the local level.