Commons Culture Communications - 2013

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Side-Event to the „Economics of the Commons Conference – From Seed Form to Core Paradigm” (ECC), for further information on ECC see: Overview_of_the_Economics_of_the_Commons_Conference

Workshop of 20 persons (max) from different continents focused on discussing and defining actions related with communication, education and culture around the Commons paradigm, practice and Cultures of Commoning.

The main objective of the meeting is to gather different persons with skills on communication and educational projects in order to define plans and future initiatives to improve the communication about commons towards a broader public. Some future projects that could be discussed during the workshop include:

  • Collaborative and distributed documentary film:
    During the last Latin America Commons Deep Dive, some ideas about creating some audiovisual pieces emerged as a way to reach large audiences: the two fundamental projects that was referred to in that moment were Remix the Commons (a multimedia platform with contents about the commons) and The Forbidden Education (a viral copyleft documentary produced in a collaborative way that reached millions of spectators in very short time).
  • Open Educational Resources about the commons:
    While several "schools of commoning" are emerging in different countries, the production of high quality OER about the commons and practices of commoning would benefit and strength those educative networks
  • Communication strategies:
    what ideas about the commons are the fundamental ones? what is the best way to communicate them? what languages can/has to be used in order to give a clear message?
    Which communication strategies (even from marketing/ publicity or advertising) can be used to strenghten our message?
    How to connect to other communication networks from Social Movements (as AMARC, Global Voices and others)
  • Forming a "commons curation commons"?
    One of the suggested agenda items is that we identify and develop the conditions for the coordinated curation of directly commons-related news, events, literature, initiatives, reflected in all media, as they emerge.
    Curation is more than compiling lists of URLs of interesting stuff we come across. It's also about indexing, tagging, and annotating them The best work done so far is by Michel Bauwens and the P2P Foundation team. However their inclusion criteria is much broader than the commons, and with the rapid development of global ecosystem of commons-focused initiatives, no one group can keep up with the task. It requires the coordinated effort of all of us, who feel called to contribute to the collective intelligence and consciousness of the commons movement.
    Curation is also about making relevant knowledge more actionable, by organizing it so that it is extremely easy to call into live conversation, from anywhere, anytime, using any device. It requires well-coordinated collective action, by a curation team.... possibly, a commons curation commons. Please comment on this on the Discussion page, by clicking on its tab at the top of this page. (You have to be registered and logged in before you can do that.)

Date and Venue

  • Date: 20/05/2013 (eventually 21/05 in the morning) - the idea is to organize that workshop shortly before ECC to benefit from the presence of some of the participants in Berlin)
  • Venue: Berlin, Germany


List of participants (not finished)
  1. Alain Ambrosi
  2. Franco Iacomella
  3. Santiago Hoerth
  4. Frederic Sultan (Remix the COmmons)
  5. Birte Friebel - Commonopolis, Germany
  6. George Por - School of Commoning, GB
  7. Samer Hassan - Asociación Comunes, Spain
  8. José Ramos (filmmaker)
  9. Wolfgang Hoeschele, CAN
  10. Melanie Dulong
  11. Ruben Martinez (Escuela de commons)
  12. Enric Senabre (Goteo)
  13. Prabir_Purkayashta
  14. Samantha Slade
  1. Oya (Johannes Heimrath, Lara Mallien or other representative)
  2. Sally Burch - Agencia Latinoamericana de Información, GB/Ecuador
  3. Pablo de Soto (mapping the commons, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) ++++
  4. Julia Gechter, Germany - does documentaries and/or Dagmar Scholle, Germany (radio journalist)
  1. Marion Sylla - (ker Thiossane Afropixel)
  2. Marcelo Solervicens (AMARC)
  1. Philippe Schmidt (P2P University, South Africa) ++++
  2. Someone from Traficantes de Sueño
  1. Leland Maschmeyer;
  2. Peter Wintonick (Canada) ++++
  3. Nils Aguilar, milpa films, maker of voices of the transition
  4. Connor Turland, award-winning, young Canadian film maker, maker of "Commons economy Rising"


Tuesday - 14hs

  • Welcome
  • Round of personal presentations

Session 1: The current situation - (14,30 to 16,30 )

  • What are the commons? Why are they important to us?
  • Who is talking about the "commons"? (mapping activity)
  • Who are related with the commons concept and surrounding ideas?
  • What communication projects / examples / pieces already exist?

Session 2: Communication strategies - (17,00 to 20,00)

  • what ideas about the commons are the fundamental ones?
  • what is the best way to communicate them?
  • what languages/methodologies can/has to be used in order to give a clear message?
  • Which communication strategies (even from marketing/ publicity or advertising) can be used to strenghten our message?

Session 3: Showcase of open communication projects (21,00 to ??)

  • presentation of already existing projects related with communication and commons

Session 4: Communication and education projects (9,00 to 12,00)

Possible projects:

  • Forming a "commons curation commons"
  • Bank of Open Educational Resources about the commons
  • Audiovisual documentary film


We can get input from Samantha Shade and Yves Otis from (Perbolab) to define a workgroup methodology.

Other ideas to define the "methods of animation" of the workshop:



Introductory overview of the current situation of the commons movement. We need to improve the communication. CONTEXT

  1. Communicate what already exist in the field and also the observers/mappers that are already mapping the practices
  2. Produce and enrich the community with new languages/processes,methods. Animate and engage the commoners identity