Context for En Comu's Commons-Oriented Policy for Barcelona

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From Wouter Tebbens of the Free Knowledge Institute, focusing on the people involved:

"Regarding Barcelona. We have fromed a strategic working group called "BarCola" - Barcelona Collaborative Economy, where we have a few dozens of representives from the commons actors and the collaborative economy.

From FKI to Ouishare to people from FabLabs to Wikipedia to open design and social/ecological proponents of collaborative tourism. Last year we produced together the Commons Collaborative Ecomomy conference with some 400 participants. During the event David Gomez and Mònica Garriga encouraged people to collaborative document on the platform. They then fed the outtcomes back to and you can find it nicely documented at there.


Mayo Fuster together with several city council key people (from Barcelona En Comú) take the lead in BarCola. Alvaro Porro is a key person here, he leads the Other Economies Department (newly created after BCN en Comú won the elections) and strategically impulses various new initiatives.

In parallel, in the first semester of 2016, I was hired by the First Deputy Mayor,Gerardo Pisarello, to conduct a strategic study of the "smart city", with a strong focus on the commons, to orient policies in that direction. In fact in the study I cited some of your work, of both of you (ref is made to Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros).

See here an executive summary plus:

Out of this whole process came our proposal to run a commons start up support programme for the Commons Collaborative Economy. With FKI we ideated that, Barcelona Activa (the city's local dev agency) took it under her wings and coproduced it together with Olivier Schulbaum from Platoniq/Goteo and under executive leadership by David Gomez (who joined FKI). One thing we did was invite the commons ecosystem as much as we could to contribute, as mentors for projects and otherwise. A very very interesting experience.


All proposals (some 130 or so I believe) from were channeled into the citizen deliberation and decision platform Decidim.Barcelona. Enric Senabre did a lot of work there. He joined Mayo in her research group Dimmons at the UOC (Open Uni Catalunya)

Decidim.Barcelona platform is now led by Xabier Baradiaran (you'll remember him from the FLOK Society project in Ecuador).

Mònica Garriga and David Gómez joined the FKI team in Barcelona; while Mònica is also doing the communication strategy at the Decidim team.

My Commons Smart City report was also used to inform newly contracted Digital Innovation Commissioner Francesca Bria (you'll know her from NESTA and "digital social innovation") to understand the local ecosystem.

She also participates in BarCola and in a newly created working group on Technological Sovereighnty, concept which she has defined as the title of her political mission. This group was proposed by Marco Berlinguer (Mayo's partner) and Joan Subirats, founder of he IGOP, the policy research unit at the Autonomous university of BCN, Joan is also co-founder of Barcelona en Comú.

The Social and Solidarity Commision at the City also invests a lot of resources in supporting the SSE, for example with studies, support to events and the reform of old factories in the city for SSE expermientation. Interesting in this context are the - the network of SSE in Catalunya - and the Ciutat Invisible cooperative and their incubation programme Coopolis. Ivan Miró is a key person here, as well as Hernan Cordoba (for Coopolis)." (email, April 2017)