Here is my report from the first IASC thematic conference “The City as Urban Commons” in Bologna, 6-7th of November. I was there to presented my work on crowd-mapping (i.e. TransforMap). The conference was the first of its kind, gathering scholars from the commons community, activists, and local governments. It had very much the feel […]Read more "From urban commons to the city as a commons: an emerging community"
Together with the AMA (A Minset for the Anthropocene) team of the Potsdam Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the transition>>lab hosted a workshop around the following question: “What could be the specific transformative potential of meditation in the context of sustainability?” Together we had the pleasure to listen to Boris Bornemann, PhD student at […]Read more "The transformative potential of meditation in the context of sustainability"
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 […]Read more "Field report #3: Maps for urban foraging"
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 […]Read more "Field summary for TransforMap: some insights about map commons"
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. […]Read more "Some notes from OuiShare Fest 2015: from blockchain to lovechains?"
What parts of the public space are already used as commons? What could be turned into a commons? Could we use urban commons for a circular economy? Those are the questions that will drive a map jam built around a bike and mapping stroll accross the streets of Kreuzberg and Neuköln on Saturday 13.06.2015, starting 11AM at […]Read more "Mapping the urban commons by bike: experimenting onland mapping"
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 […]Read more "Field report #2: Maps to find DIY coops, share cargo bikes, and revitalize brown fields"