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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