Field report #3: Maps for urban foraging

This is the third intermediary report of exploratory case-studies that I am conducting as part of a research on grassroots mapping initiatives that contribute to a socio-ecological transition. The research generally tries to answer two broad questions: How are such mapping initiatives self-governed or in other words how do groups of citizens co-create information through the […]

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Field summary for TransforMap: some insights about map commons

Over the past three months I’ve made almost 10 interviews with people behind the following: Living Lot (map of vacant land lots in NYC), Alliance Paysans Ecologistes et Consom’acteurs (CSA network in France), ESS Global/Socioeco.org (joint map for 3 solidarity economy national organizations), Velogistics (map of cargo bikes), Verbund Offener Werkstaetten (network of open workshops), Flaechen in Leipzig (map of vacant lots in Leipzig), Mundraub (German […]

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Some notes from OuiShare Fest 2015: from blockchain to lovechains?

Blockchain, blockchain, blockchain… Yes we heard a LOT about blockchain during this OuiShare Fest. But why? What does blockchain – the cryptographic technology that powers crypto-currencies like Bitcoin – has to do with the collaborative economy? A peer-to-peer currency – by the way highly inequitably distributed – doesn’t itself do much to a sharing revolution. […]

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Field report #2: Maps to find DIY coops, share cargo bikes, and revitalize brown fields

For this second report, I selected again one local, one German-wide, and one global initiative. One of these initiatives is “dead”, find out why! Velogistics: a map for sharing cargo bikes (global) Velogistics is a simple map interface that allows you to find a cargo bike around where you live. With almost 200 bikes registered across […]

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Field report #1 : Maps for CSA, community gardening, and the solidarity economy

This is an intermediary report of exploratory case-studies that I am conducting as part of a research on grassroots mapping initiatives that contribute to a socio-ecological transition. The research generally tries to answer two broad questions: How are such mapping initiatives self-governed or in other words how do groups of citizens co-create information through the […]

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Report from IST2014: Transition researchers should make an impact

Two weeks ago, I was presenting my PhD research at the International Sustainability Transitions Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands convened by the Sustainability Transitions Network. Impact. The first theme of the conference was called ‘Impact’, focusing on what impact transition researchers have on society. In her opening keynote, Marjan Minnesma reminded the participants of the urgency […]

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Report from Degrowth 2014 in Leipzig: The rally point of all alternatives

The transition>>lab  and the whole Thinkfarm (I’ve met at least twenty of them!) seemed to be at the 2014 Degrowth Conference in Leipzig. As a matter of fact, the Degrowth conference was a huge mix of activists, researchers, social entrepreneurs, transitioners, ecovillagers, etc. With 3000 participants (750 were international), this was a huge crowd with […]

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