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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Mapping Jam event: putting Berlin’s new economy on a collaborative map

On October 13th, the Sharing Cities Network will launch the Second Annual Global #MapJam to bring activists together in cities around the world to map grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons where they live. As a contribution to this global event, the Transition>>lab and the Transformap initiative convene a: Mapping Berlin’s alternative economy […]

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Thinkfarm Berlin: redefining co-working as a commoning practice

This post reflect findings from Stephanie Jakubowsi’s Master Thesis. She analyzed the co-working spaces Thinkfarm and Grünhof (Freiburg) using participant observation and semi-structured interviews with the founders/initiators of the two initiatives. She examined the topics of work organization and structures, shared values, common goods and infrastructure as well as alternative decision-making process. This master thesis […]

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Digital commons for an urban transition towards sustainability

Because it deals with socio-ecological systems, achieving urban sustainability is complex. Not only there are no one-size-fits-all, but the scope of social and institutional change required to actually address the challenge of making cities truly sustainable for all disqualifies top-down, command-and-control system. Research is increasingly showing that polycentric and adaptive governance systems that are capable […]

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Launching the transition>>lab blog!

So here we go, the transition>>lab is launching its blog! It (will) features thoughts emanating from the discussions happening in the lab, research updates, focus on the projects we like, etc. It will also provide regular updates on the development of the Thinkfarm as a slow co-working space geared towards sustainability. The transition>>lab is a collective of researchers and practitioners […]

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