Fifteen projects have been taking part in the La Comunificadora programme at Barcelona Activa, since mid-November. They are exploring the viability of a collaborative economy which considers the commons, looks at the social impact and seeks to establish fair relationships among agents. (Català - Español)
From a Free Knowledge perspective, education is a key element in several aspects. The act of teaching / learning constitutes by definition the main mechanism for knowledge transmission and preservation. Educational environments are also rich discussion places where knowledge evolves and grows.
Software has become a strategic resource in the last few decades. The emergence of Free Software has drastically changed the economics of software development and usage.
Several projects with the potential to participate in the support programme were presented in the session. Among them was the idea of creating a special currency for co-working spaces, an initiative for citizens to rent out their kitchens, a money-free platform to exchange goods and services, a child raising association, a food printer, and an advisory platform for open hardware designs. There were also already existing projects seeking to become sustainable, including a cooperative sharing electric cars, an initiative to produce a water filter for developing countries, a workshop for a DIY plastics recycling, and a health services cooperative. And someone even came with a project to replicate La Comunificadora! Everyone was eager to know the contents of the programme.
La Comunificadora is a programme from Barcelona Activa realised together with Platoniq, Foundation Goteo and the Free Knowledge Institute, and a large group of people and organisations working for the collaborative economy, free culture and commons movements. We seek to support collaborative economy projects that have a clear focus on the commons. Selected projects get a face-2-face training and mentoring programme supported by online platforms and several meetups to mature and make their projects more successful.
The OSCE Days have evolved in a powerful worldwide event, this year taking polace in more than 70 cities on all continents. The concept is powerful in that it reaches out to various different communities, strengthening relationships, understanding and forstering new collaborations. To name a few ccommunities or movements, it connects people from the Free Software movement (a.k.a. open source software), Open Source Hardware, Fair trade and ecological responsible consumption, the collaborative / sharing economy with Circular Economy and repair-reuse-recycling-reduce movements.
last week I had the pleasure to participate in the Regional European Conference in Bern, Switzerland, organised by the International Association of the Commons, the IASC. The main theme was "GLOBAL CONNECTIONS AND LOCAL RESPONSES", an adequate theme for many of the social movements and commons initiatives around the world.
Ahir vaig tenir el plaer de participar en el curs del Col·legi d'Enginyers de Camins de Catalunya (Camins.cat) sobre la Ciutat Intel·ligent. El Jordi Julià del Col·legi i l'Alvaro Nicolas de la regidoria de mobilitat van presentar el curs. Després el Manu Fernandez, la Irene Compte i jo vem presentar les nostres visions sobre el tema. Amb més de seixanta participants va ser tot un exit.
On March 7th I was invited to present my vision on sustainable fabrication in a course cycle organised by the cooperative Tarpuna and the Ateneus de Fabricació in Barcelona. The course cycle was focused on sustainable and social fabrication, citizen empowerment and circular economy.
The last days we celebrated the Commons Collaborative Economies conference in Barcelona, from 11-13 March 2016. An intense and fruitful experience, which the FKI helped co-organise as part of the Barcelona Col·labora working group with the City Council. Let's review briefly what we did and what the results are so far.