De Remix Biens Communs

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ALIX Nicole

Nicole ALIX, HEC-74, est engagée depuis 40 ans dans l’économie sociale et, notamment, dans la banque coopérative et les services associatifs d’intérêt général. Elle est secrétaire du Conseil d’administration des Rencontres du Mont Blanc, forum international de dirigeants de l’économie sociale et solidaire. Elle y mise à disposition par le Crédit Coopératif, dont elle a été Directrice du développement jusqu’en 2011.

Elle a été, de 1980 à 2000, Directeur général adjoint de l’UNIOPSS (Union nationale interfédérale des œuvres et organismes privés sanitaires et sociaux). Avec François Bloch-Lainé, elle a travaillé pendant 20 ans sur les spécificités associatives et créé en 1989 le “Comité de la Charte ”, pour la déontologie des appels à la générosité du public. Elle a participé à la création et l’animation de plusieurs réseaux européens de l’économie sociale.

De 2000 à 2003, elle a été Directeur général des Maisons d’Isatis, gérant une quinzaine d’établissements d’hébergement pour personnes âgées dépendantes.

Elle est aussi la secrétaire du bureau de Confrontations Europe, think tank européen où elle a en charge l’économie sociale. Elle est administratrice de plusieurs réseaux de recherche ou organisations nationales et internationales de l’économie sociale.

Ses travaux actuels portent notamment sur les liens entre économie sociale et solidaire et mouvement des « communs », sur les nouveaux mouvements financiers de ‘l’impact investing » et la mesure d’impact et sur les questions de femmes et de gouvernance.


I am an architect, academic, researcher and activist, interested in aspects and forms of community, urban commons, sustainability and complexity. My doctoral -and ongoing research of many years involves alternative communities and their spatial and social characteristics, including ecocommunities, the kibbutz movement, intentional communities and over the past 2-1/2 years, indigenous communities.

We just completed a joint workshop between NTUA/Athens and PUCE/Quito for the community of Chamanga on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador, designing its public communal space with a participatory design process while the ongoing MET workshop building peer-to-peer knowledge and cooperation around the cases of ports of air and water in transition was presented in the form of a Side Event we organized last week in the context of Habitat III (Quito). In this process several workshops, research projects, presentations, and activist actions reveal commoning developments. By switching scales from local to global and by overcoming national frameworks, we attempt to understand horizontally the nature of several complex processes underway. We intervene by facilitating exchange of knowledge and experience, and by forming a transnational research network with partners urbanists, researchers and activists across cities, currently in Europe and Latin America.


Sergio is strategy and policy manager of the EGI Foundation, the coordinating body of EGI (e-infrastructure supporting data- and compute-intensive research and innovation). In his role, Sergio contributes to strategic planning and execution, governance, business models and evolution of services. Sergio is also interested in investigating how commons policies can be applied to open science (see Sergio is member of the EC Open Science Policy Platform. He holds a PhD in Computer Science (University of Bologna) and a MSc in Computer Science Engineering (University of Pisa).

ARENA Gregorio

Gregorio Arena, until 2015 full professor of Administrative Law in the University of Trento (Italia), is also the founder and president of LABSUS - Laboratorio per la sussidiarietà, an association and online review that for the last ten years has been successfully promoting active citizenship in Italy in the form of shared administration of common goods.


L’età della condivisione (Ed.), Carocci, 2015.
L'Italia dei beni comuni (Ed.), Carocci, 2012.
Cittadini attivi (Un altro modo di guardare all’Italia), Laterza, 2011, 2° ed.
Per governare insieme: il federalismo come metodo di governo (Verso nuove forme della democrazia), Cedam, 2011 (Ed.).
Il valore aggiunto (Ed.), Carocci, 2010.
On the new municipal Regulation see Rapporto Labsus 2015:
Many essays published in
AVILA Renata

Renata Avila is a human rights lawyer specialised in Intellectual Property and Technology. She worked as one of the lawyers representing the Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum ( and more recently, Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Involved in Internet and Human Rights research since 2006, she works with the Web Inventor Sir Tim Berners - Lee ( in an effort to uphold human rights in the digital age. She serves as a Board Member of Creative Commons ( She is also a member of Courage Foundation ( advisory board, assisting whistleblowers at risk and in the D-Cent ( board, exploring the potential of decentralised technologies. She is currently an Advisor of the BITS initiative by the Municipality of Barcelona

AVLONA Natalia-Rozalia

I am a researcher and activist on commons over the last seven years. I have been actively involved in many "commons" initiatives both in UK and Greece, as well as in the Commons Festival in Athens where I co-organised the workshop "Feminist approaches to the commons", inspired by the work of Sylvia Federici. I am particularly interested in the notion of labour and reciprocity in digital commons communities and the political subjectivation around the commoning practices, which i study along with contemporary social movements. Being involved with a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative in Athens over the last year, I came to understand the necessity of studying the collaborative commons economies under the light of the tradition of cooperatives and more broadly the social and solidarity economy initiatives. Last but not least, I do claim that it is of particular importance to reinvent a contemporary feminist approach within the commons culture, since it seems that it has been a domain dominated by men and masculine perception.


Project developer in artistic, cultural, scientific and technical domains, Julien Bellanger is co-founded PING'association that explores the practices of the digital era, and encourages the re-appropriation of technology since 2004. Through digital and social innovation, PiNG facilitates cross-pollination across traditional audience boundaries by promoting the values of free culture. He is involved in different activities ( workshops, residencies, meeting, camp, ... ) whose cross pedagogical approach, artistic meaning looking at issues of the impact of digital technologies on social innovation.

In 2015, as part of the creation of an open Art / Science / Technology / Society laboratory, PiNG invited researchers, artists, creators and explorers to question and decode the geological concept of the Anthropocene, the era in which human activity has begun to have significant global impact on the Earth's ecosystems. How can artistic practice inform this change of era? How can artworks and creative processes render this transition visible and palpable?

In 2016, PiNG continues this exploratory dynamic and invites artists and researchers to work on the symbiotic relationships between humans, plants, and animals, not only in the slender layer of atmosphere which surrounds our planet, but also in its oceans too. And so O.CAMP counter ticks up to 1.CAMP.

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From the Commons Network. Together with David Hammerstein, we have drafted a policy proposal for the Energy commons. We tried to lay down a vision and pathways to help remove barriers and scale up community energy, as a way to speed up the energy transition and provide access and control to the citizens.


Sophie Bloemen co-founded and coordinates Commons Network and works as public interest consultant. She has close to 10 years of experience in civil society and organizing. She has worked as a policy advocate and a public interest consultant the Brussels, Latin America and global policy environment on health and trade, in well as in European cultural grass root civil society on the exchange of ideas and transnational dialogue.

The Commons Network develops ideas and brings commons perspective to policy, particularly regarding knowledge. Sophie coordinates projects on urban commons and the knowledge commons. Sophie has degrees in philosophy, political economy and International Relations.


I’m Laure Brossin-Pillot, living in France (Paris) after many months spent on the different banks of Mediterranean Sea during my PhD. As a librarian teacher in a "lycée" (high school) located in a northern suburb area of Paris (Saint-Denis), I try, as far as I can, to give a common dimension to my pedagogy. I’m currently involved in the « eco-responsible » program of our lycée (held by the region). I concretely contribute to the vegetable garden of our high school founded by the Biology team and try to build a network of school seed libraries. As a doctor in Greek Archaeology (Sorbonne-University), I’m now working on the Commons during Antiquity, through the prism of Ancient libraries and reading practices.


Daphne Büllesbach is Berlin-based Director of Programmes at European Alternatives, a Europe-wide civil society organization devoted to exploring and developing the potential for transnational politics and culture. She was co-curator of last year’s Transeuropa Festival 'Beyond Fragments' that took place in Belgrade in October 2015, bringing together activists and artists debating issues such as the refugee situation, management of the commons or the seizure of institutions by new political forces. After years of gathering and connecting progressive voices around Europe, she is experienced in the difficulties of cross border political work and holds a particular interest for solutions to bridging the local to the transnational. Otherwise she has been involved in developing new online talk formats such as Talk Real (international) and talk im transit (German).


I would like to join this mailing list. I am a PhD student in University College Dublin looking at community involvement in biodiversity governance in Ireland and the UK, through the lens of the commons. I am also active in re - establishing the Transition Town network in Ireland. I would like to connect with 'commoners' around Europe, to learn and to participate in this movement.

CANGELOSI Elisabetta

I am one of the co-organiser of the two years process that led to the creation of the Interg-group at the European Parliament on the commons. Of course I am in touch with many of them. I am part of the group facilitating the Commons Space at the WSF (next August in Montreal) I am a Brussels-based social and political activist, searcher and campaigner. The Commons are both part of my activism and my research. Together with other topic such as: right to water, right to land, women's right, migration. I have been part of the" mouvement altermondialiste" since 2001 and participated in the Occupy movement in US. I am part of several networks such as EWM, Transform!, STOP-TTIP, as an activist, and of the IASC (as a researcher). And I collaborate with many others. By education I am social scientist (PhD) and currently studying Human Rights Law.


from Totnes in Devon, where I have lived for the last 6 years. I really look forward to being part of the Commons Assembly in Brussels, and to meeting you all. My particular interest is governance of the commons, and raising citizen responsibility for the commons in the bioregion where I live.

I partly work with Transition Network, running the livelihood-creation programme for young adults called One Year in Transition. See: In April I took my students to Bristol where we made a shared enquiry into City as Commons. While I am in Brussels with you all I will be partly representing Transition Network, and partly my other work.

In my other work I have been helping communities map their assets and create a local Community Charter that asserts their responsibility to protect those assets against inappropriate or destructive development. In doing this we are addressing contemporary governance of the commons and asking questions such as “how do we move a vernacular law of the people into local law in the UK?”; "how can a community measure the well-being of its assets, what are the key performance indicators?”; “what knowledge does a community need to manage a long-term sustainable ecology and economy?”. You can see the example of the Falkirk Charter (which was the first) here:

Now I am building a team in South Devon to set up a whole-systems change programme that moves this bio-region towards resilience. We are mindful that the water framework directive in the UK is successful in managing rivers from source to sea but is failing in community engagement and whole-systems change. Our new organisation will be the backbone of the network of actors in this place, using the language of the commons and connecting citizens to the land in many innovative and creative ways: stewards of the river, a water parliament, a watershed Charter etc. One outcome will be a bioregional learning centre for the UK.


Mauro Castro is a member of La Hidra Cooperativa and of Fundación de los Comunes. Economist and Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, with a research history on the topic of the urban commons and other related lines (territorial segregation, urban movements, processes of participation and democratic innovation at the local level, etc.). He has participated in the Organization of scientific events and research projects as well as done some scientific publications, both Latin American and Spanish magazines.


From Navarra Basque Country Spain. I'm part of the ecovillages mouvement since 35 years. Now in arterra bizimodu , a new ecovillage . Im part of the coordination team of Red Iberica de Ecoaldeas ( rie) ang Gen ( global ecovillage network)europe , and part also of Ecolise. We are looking for and living in common...developing a new culture .


Teodor Celakoski is a cultural worker and activist from Zagreb. His work ranges from coordinating cultural programs, networking and cultural advocacy, to institutional innovation and political activism. Celakoski co-founded the Multimedia Institute and cultural center MaMa, an organisation and venue focused on digital culture, human rights and critical theory. He helped initiate Clubture, the network for exchange of independent cultural programs within Croatia. Further, he played a key role in initiating Kultura Nova, a public foundation for the development of non-profit independent contemporary culture and POGON - a hybrid cultural center established as an institutional public-civic partnership between independent cultural actors and the city of Zagreb. He is also a coordinator of the Right to the City Zagreb, founded to fight the economic overexploitation of public space in the city of Zagreb and Croatia.

CLAEYS Priscilla

I am a researcher at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience of Coventry University (UK). I am based in Brussels. I look forward to meeting you all at the Zinneke on the 15th (I won't be able to attend the following days). My interest in the commons is quite recent but growing.

I have done research on the creation of new human rights - right to land, biodiversity and seeds - by transnational peasant movements (such as La Via Campesina) and am now involved in negotiations at the UN on a new Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas. In that context, the issue of the "traditional" commons (land, other natural resources but also seeds) has come up quite strongly, and in particular the need to recognize and protect those spaces and associated collective management practices in international law. My personal interest is in documenting natural commons practices in the European context and in exploring the legal frameworks that we need to support and defend them.

I am particularly interested in the policy proposals around ecovillages, land in Galicia, natural commons and solidarity economy.


I am part of Prinzessinnengärten (]- a social and ecological urban gardening project in Berlin and of the Neighborhood Academy [1]- a self-organized open platform for urban and rural knowledge sharing, cultural practice and activism I am especially interested in question of collective land use and self organized forms of „collective learning" to promote and establish new forms of ownership


Scriptwriter and director of socially engaged documentaries since 1995. He has directed films exhibited in festivals and televisions in more than 15 countries. Some of his remarkable works are Sobre ruedas (Keep on Rolling: The Dream of the Automobile); Bendito Simulacro (Blessed Simulacrum), or Zruska (Zruska).

COUTO Sergio

My main work is supporting local communities governing natural commons (common governance of natural resources) in Spain (through "Iniciativa Comunales" and at global level (through the ICCA Consortium My work focuses on enhancing the quality of the communities' governance, promote the environmental, social and economic values of their work, and providing tools and support to achieve their goals.

Based in Andalusia, Spain. Sergio is a Spanish biologist with a strong background on participatory and innovative approaches to the management and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Initially, he worked as field biologist for several companies and NGOs as the Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO/BirdLife) and as researcher for the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (CSIC). As consultant he worked on wildlife management, conducting wildlife inventories for both the governmental and the private sector in Spain. More recently, one of his key interests is creating tools to enhance the participation and commitment of rural communities on biodiversity conservation initiatives, and enhance the role and recognition of the commons in Spain and Europe. He sees the commons not only as embodying environmental, cultural and democracy values, but also as having potential to contribute to solving many of the environmental, economic and social challenges of our time. Sergio is Regional Coordinator for Europe of the ICCA Consortium and one of the co-founders of Iniciativa Comunales, a network of local communities governing commons in Spain. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy and World Commission on Protected Areas and works as independent consultant for several NGOs and institutions’ programs, including the European Commission LIFE program.

CREMER Marjolein

Represent the European Citizenslab during the assembly of the commons in Brussels.

CitizensLab is a network of local actors of change. The aim of the network is to strengthen and connect active citizens from all sectors that are passionate about their local community. CitizensLab members engage in peer2peer learning experiences and look for generating and sharing the new narratives of their local initiatives that have a European relevance and dimension to the European political discourses. Experts from different sectors are part of the network, Community artists, Activists, Social entrepreneurs, Political scientists, Academics, Policy-makers and Door openers. Many network members have an artistic background. We adopt a participatory approach were members are involved in decision-making processes and in the constant creation and definition of the network. CitizensLab is a young network with great ambitions, the kickoff meeting was in June 2016

D'ALISA Giacomo


I am working for a local non-profit organisation in Brussels where we support citizen groups and advocate for more participation in urban planning. We are also part of the collective Commons Josaphat in Brussels. I participated in the IASC 2017 in Utrecht and would like to be more informed about what is happening around the topic of the commons internationally. For more information on our work please check:


My name is Sarah de Heusch, I am a project officer for the Development & Strategy Unit of SMart. Currently addressing the issue of access to social protection and labor market evolutions, I mainly build partnerships and collaborate at international level with organizations and academics that share SMarts’ values and concerns. SMart is a social enterprise born in Belgium in 1998 that works on the principle of mutualisation. It is currently on the verge of becoming a cooperative and helps freelancers develop their activities in a secured frame. Previously I was involved in the internationalization of SMart and addressed issues of professional mobility of artists and cultural professionals. Before working for SMart I was a dancer for and Co-founded Transe-en-Dance company. I also worked as the Assistant to the Secretary General at UNICA (University Network of Capitals of Europe). I hold a Masters in Political Sociology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.


Professionally, i am working for Community Land Trust Brussels,an association that provides permanently affordable housing for low income groups on community land. As an activist, I am involved in Commons Josaphat, a collectif that strives for the development of the Josaphat wasteland in Brussels as a neighborhood with the commons as guiding principle.


I’m trained as a lawyer, and have practised law both in private practice (business, commercial and IP law), and in-house, in software. 8 years ago, I set up my own IP-strategy consultancy, with a focus on Information Technology (including Open Source and Creative Commons). I have written a book on “the wealth of ideas” on why IP is a mercantilist tax on innovation. I have recently joined a startup and am now a software entrepreneur. I also play the guitar in a band.


Eclectic person, I used to study the biology and the psychology. I worked in numerous contexts: secretary-accountant, the project manager in a Web agency and as a freelance, storekeeper (shop of fair trade and organic products)... Always with the writing in counterpoint: columnist, journalist, editorial webmaster, blogger... After a burn-out, I found the way of a new coherent social activity by creating and contributing to P2P/Commons projects, for example the Assembly of Commons of Lille (France) or European Commons Assembly.

DIAS Joana

I am an artist, an activist and a social educator. I studied Fine Arts and also Intercultural Education, and have been working and doing some research on inclusive education.

I work for Citizenship Academy, based in Lisbon, and our main goal, as a non-profit association, is to promote active citizenship through the empowerment of persons and other organizations. I am currently responsible for one project in CA, which is community building in a social neighbourhood in Lisbon.


I am a belgian activist working&being in the fields of : transition, self-organization, citizen initiatives, inner transition&work that reconnects. I am part of the organization Réseau de consommateurs responsables ( and currently working in the Mycelium project alongside with the Belgian French-speaking Hub of Transition Network (


Dimi is a Bulgarian political scientist who currently works as Free Knowledge Ambassador of the Wikimedia Movement to the EU. He is based in Brussels where his major focus is to „fix copyright”. Having lived in Libya, Austria, Poland and his native Bulgaria, he initiatlly researched minority rights, hate speech and discrimination issues before Wikipedia and the ACTA negotiations sparked his passion for digital rights and the commons. He is now dedicated on promoting the structural and functional public domain. Dimi loves coffee, hates carrot juice and considers Twitter a benign version of the internet.


I am a Lecturer in Economics, Finance, Accounting and related topics (Hanze University and Avans UAS, Netherlands). My broad research focus is sustainable lifestyles and new economic paradigm. My narrower research interest is on commons' governance and local currencies. I am also providing advice and support (and sometimes initiating) local projects relating to community building, local currencies and/or non-monetary finance.



I want to join the mailing lis of ECA and connect Faircoop and the Bank of the commons with the European commons assembly.


Juan has been working as sound designer and editor since 2006. He has worked in socially engaged documentaries as well as big fiction film productions, such as Keep on Rolling, Grupo 7, Carmina o revienta, La mujer y el agua or Bolivian Woman.


Coming from Valencia (East coast of Spain), as a social consultant at Empodera consultores ( and militant I'm working in two main issues related with commons: Commons and natural resources. If you are interested please look at; Commons and local public policies in Spain. Please look at All these initiatives are built with trans-local and international networks trying to share experiences and knowledge between different territories.

ESTEVES Ana Margarida

I am a social scientist-activist, currently based at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa - ISCTE-IUL. Since 2014, I have been engaged in several participatory action research projects on Social and Solidarity Economy and the management of the commons in Southern Europe, as well as North and South America. I am currently carrying out a 6-year research project, funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, entitled "The Emerging Action Fields of Solidarity Economy", which analyses the factors that promote the social and economic sustainability of commons-oriented alternative economic projects. I am comparing four different models in four countries: An Ecovillage in Portugal; A grassroots commercialization network promoted by an Ecclesial Base Community; An Integral Cooperative in Catalonia; An Agroecological Producer-Consumer Network in Italy.

EULER Johannes

So, my name is Johannes Euler and I live close to Bonn in the Western part of Germany. I started to get involved with the whole commons-thing in 2012 - at first mainly out of an intellectual interest but I very soon realized that there is so much more to it. So I participated in the first German-speaking commons summer school out of which the Commons-Institut was founded. That is what I am still an active part of.

I took this energy to first write my Thesis (M.Sc. Politics, Economics and Philosophy) about the commons and now I am writing on my PhD in Economics about conflicts in water management and the possibilities of commoning. I am arguing that through the shift in paradigms and societal structures that commoning may initiate conflicts can be tackled in new ways. So, you already see that I am really convinced of the transformative potential of commoning.

But the commons is not only something that I think write and talk about but something that I practice. For example in our commons housing project and the community-supported agriculture project that I am part of. In my view the transition can only be done through commoning which is why I am convinced that we should also take the commons assemblies as spaces of commoning. Only if we practice commoning among ourselves the processes that we create can carry ourselves as well as develop enough strength so that an actual transformation can take place.


My name is Léa Eynaud, I am a PhD student in sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and in environmental science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. My research is concerned with the notion of the commons and its link to that of urban sustainable transition. It consists of two main parts. On the one hand, I am interested in the work of actors who give shape to the notion at the encounter between theory and politics - hence my interest for the work of many participants to Commonswatch. On the other hand, I am involved in three key sectors with regard to urban transition: that of waste, energy and urban nature. In each case, my research targets citizen initiatives that appear to comply to the minimum definition of a commons: community reuse centers; renewable energy cooperatives and community gardens. I investigate the actual practices of these actors, the manner in which they interact with other actors and the State, as well as the narrative they use to describe their activities. I lead this part of my research in two main cities: Paris and Berlin. A crucial point to make regarding my research concerns methodology, which can be described as mainly inductive. As a matter of fact, my ambition is to account for what actually happens on the ground - for what counts in the eyes of the people involved, depending on the situations and the (social) worlds in which they engage. Such an approach entails understanding the history and development of the movement as an exploratory process. It means taking the back and fourths, the negotiations as well as the concrete support of action as significant elements as to what it actually mean to "give shape to the concept of the commons" in a given context. This is why my engagement on the field translates into intensive note-taking (provided, of course, that information is not presented as confidential). It seems to me that such a material (i.e. the precise and almost exhaustive account of the discussions, including the hesitations of the group and possible misunderstandings) can be used by commonswatch members as a useful support for self-reflection - or simply an interesting record of what was debated and thought, at a given point of the history of the commons movement.


FESTA Daniela

Daniela Festa is a jurist and social geographer. PhD degree in urban and social geography and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in social sciences (EHESS), Paris. She’s an activist and author of several articles and book contributions. Next year she’ll join an ERC project at Sciences Po, Paris on « inclusive properties », collective properties and collective housing experiences. Her main research themes are: urban processes and project; urban movements, active citizenship, urban self-organised practices . Participatory democracy and participatory budget; Urban commons; Town planning practices affecting issues of spatial justice, urban democracy, right to the city; Lawmaking bottom up process.; Action research methodology.


I desire to understand better , what’s about the change of decisional processes today,the discard of authority in front of authoritativeness,crossing the assemblees . How processes of mutualism-commoning are rimapping the use of territory. The way the art’s activism opens to research of a new type/posture of decisioning. From the studies in museografy, the doctorate in the University of Architecture and the PhD in museography and exhibition design, giving particular attention to the rivitalization of the ‘ diffused’ museum –concept from the 70’s based on branch pratice and the connectiveness to use/safeguard/rigeneration of territory like sedime in the culture of work in opposition to the folklore – to crossing Macao, indipendent cultural centre in Milan, being part to make happen the NowHere.Active residence : debut of artistic coproduction based on putting together the resources of l’Open Program Workcenter of Jerzi Grotowski and Thomas Richards coming together with Freddy Paul Grunert (associate curator at the ZKM – GlobalActivism) e philosopher/artist, sympathizer of Teatro Valle), to give life to Ceçi n’est pas une table: experiment of an unexpected ‘ agora’ agitated by contemporary art rejectioning the tables-tabula-tablet-tabloid- actif geometrical enclosures of negotiation. 1st (but the experimentation is going on) on the 1st Commons International Festival in Chieri (TO), 2015,

Last participation: the real of reality, novembre 2016,

FISHER Caitlin

I am working the commons and sport.

FRIAS Esteban Romero


Mayo Fuster Morell is the Dimmons director of research on collaborative economy at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the Open University of Catalonia. Additionally, she is faculty affiliated at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and at Institute of Govern and Public Policies at Autonomous University of Barcelona (IGOPnet). In 2010, she concluded her PhD thesis at the European University Institute in Florence on the governance of common-based peer production, and have numerous publications in the field. She is the principal investigator for the European project P2Pvalue: Techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production. She is also responsible of the experts group BarCola on collaborative economy and commons production at the Barcelona City Council.


I am part of Commons Josapaht (citizen and associative initiative to create a neighborhood as a commons). In an other hand, I have coordinated with others the "Temps des Communs" in Belgium and Brussels last year.


Born in 1979, João Gonçalves is growing his tap root in Chao Sobral, a 100 people + 500 year old hamlet standing on convex and ridge slopes that reach 1200 mts altitude, in the central Portugal Goshawk mountains. For the last 30 years, he has been participating in a broad range of activities (agriculture, forestry, recreation, community organisation, non-formal education) that compose the subsistence mountain ridge polycultural family farming system and self-reliant community.

Since 2008 he has a degree in Social Education and Community Development (Leisure and Social Pedagogy - from the Coimbra Polytechnic College of Education). It was during his internship research on "sustainable communities" that he encoutered for the first time the concept of "permaculture".

To enhance is observation skills and bring influence to his work from multiple approaches to Permaculture and Regenerative Design Education he earned PDC's in Portugal/2009 with Doug Crouch (USA), in Spain/2011 with Richard Perkins (UK) and Darren Doherty (Australia), in Portugal/2012 with Bernard Alonso (Canada), a Regenerative Agriculture Workshop in Portugal/2011 with Darren Doherty, and a Permaculture Teacher Training Course in Portugal/2012 with Rosemary Morrow (Australia).


I have a background in Sociology and am originally from the UK. Currently I'm studying between several cities (Brussels-Vienna-Copenhagen-Madrid) as part of my Masters in Urban Studies. For my thesis I'm exploring the institutional change and governance conditions required to foster the realisation of the urban commons. I'm really interested in comparing the place-based specificities of urban commons between different governance regimes and historical contexts.

GROß Claudia


I coordinate the Source network of the New Economics Foundation. The New Economics Foundation is the only people-powered think tank. We work to build a new economy where people really take control.

Source is an online network bringing together academics, policy professionals and civil society organisers from across Europe – committed to tackling the biggest economic, environmental and social challenges we face today.

GUIDO Roberta

Roberta Guido, PhD Candidate in Urban Planning, International PhD Programme - Department of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (DADU) Alghero, University of Sassari (Italy) in partnership with the University of Karabuk, Turkey, Visiting PhD at the Polytechnic of Turin. She graduated with honors in Law, with a Master's thesis on Fundamental Rights in Europe and the Environment Law. She worked in Strasbourg at the European Court of Human Rights and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the Council of Europe; she was involved in works for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, the instruments dedicated to participation, management, protection and cooperation. In a complementary manner to the legal profession, she studied Urban Planning at DADU and then obtained an International Master in Mediterranean Landscape Urbanism (DADU Alghero / Berlin, Paris), with a thesis on the outcomes of participatory processes in regulatory plans and systems. H Then she worked at the General Directorate of Local Authorities, Urban Planning and Finances at the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, at the Task Force of Municipalities' Association for the adaptation to the Regional Landscape Plan of the Urban Plans, in Detailed Plans of historic centers, and the development of participating laboratories to planning and pilot projects for local development. She worked at the Chamber of Commerce of Northern Sardinia for local development projects and the Office of Enterprise Europe Network. She obtained a Master of Community Planning and one in EU Planning and Policies and management of complex projects in international cooperation, promoted by the University of Cagliari in coordination with the organizations of the Third sector. She is an active partner of the Association An Island - Shared Idea (Un'Isola - Idea Condivisa) that practices of exercise of right to the city and promotes urban opportunities for active participation also with the institutions. She currently works as a researcher and pratictioner at Labsus - Laboratorio per la Sussidiarietà and she is involved in processes taking place in the urban context of production from below and grassroots, and shared administration of the commons, in particular she belongs to the mouvement of Cavallerizza Reale in Turin. She would like to do ActionResearch on legal arrangements and dispositives that are able to governing and to embrace transformations, to find new intervention tactics. She would like to study the coherence with the European urban policy and to work on the design of public policies and services.


My name is Óscar Górriz, I spend most of my time working in the "Casa Colorida", a Commons lab and artists/activists/researchers' hub in Nigrán, a sea village close to the city of Vigo. We are about 8 people now, living together under common economy and resources, working in fronts like sharing economies, networking, culture, degrowth, eco-gardening, social activism, communication... and offering room, food and resources to other agents for communitary development processes.

I/we are also engaged in a network called GZimaxinaria, about Libre & Digital Culture and the Commons. Inside this network we have been building close relationships all around our region from Galiza to Porto among several collectives and agents working in diverse stuff like techs, urbanism, arts, integral revolution, philosophy, local commons, direct democracy... We have common applications like annual meeting fairs, digital networks and tools for collaboration.

Althoug most of our work is donde locally or in a regional basis, we are as well giving some time to work in the FairCoop project for a rebel and ethic glo-cal economy worldwide, based in digital tokens and a network of conscious people and collectives trading in common global/local markets.

My biggest interest to participate here is to hear/learn from processes all around Europe and make some connections that would strengthen our resillience as local autonomous projects in self-organized distributed mesh.


Sociologist. Co-initiator of the Commons Network. Former Green Member of the European Parliament 2004-9. Advocate on acccess to knowledge and access to medicines for TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue 2010-2015. Personal blog: twitter: @DaHammerstein


My name is Jamie. I’m trained as a civil engineer and for the past two decades have been working at the intersection of health, community, food systems and healthcare, working to help us navigate the great transition. I serve as the Executive Director of the Institute for a Sustainable and founder of the Commons Health Network, established to connect and advance place-based models of health creation and a new operating system. I also serve as the Coordinating Director of The Food Commons, a new economic paradigm and whole system approach for regional food combining community ownership and vertical integration to create wealth and good food access, with a successful prototype in Fresno California. Jamie led the successful US healthcare mercury elimination efforts and initiated and directed the national Healthy Food in Healthcare Campaign. Working at the nexus of health, healthcare, food systems and community he has received recognition as a national thought leader and for lifelong public health leadership and advocacy. He speaks and consults internationally.



Since 2007 I work as independent author, activist and scholar, with a variety of international and domestic partners; I do quite a bit of networking (f.i. in the context of the World Social Forum, of Thematic Fora; international Conferences both in social and academic contexts or framed by what we call TAPAS = There Are Plenty of AlternativeS). I've been editing and co-authoring several books on the Commons, among them: Who Owns the World? The Rediscovery of the Commons, Munich 2009 (in Spanish: Genes, Bytes y Emisiones. Bienes Comunes y Ciudadania, Mexico-City 2008), have been editing articles of Elinor Ostrom and translated them into German, f.i. Was mehr wird, wenn wir teilen",2011.

And worked with my colleague David Bollier and the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation on two pretty international anthologies on the Commons: Commons. Für eine neue Politik jenseits von Markt und Staat, Bielefeld 2012 (English version The Wealth of the Commons beyond Market and State, Amherst/MA, 2012) and most recently Die Welt der Commons. Muster Gemeinsamen Handelns - , 2015 (engl: The Patterns of Commoning, Amherst/MA).

I am cofounder of Commons Strategies Group and the Commons-Institut e.V. and blog (mainly in German, sometimes in English) on CommonsBlog.

My new passion is to integrate the approach and thinking of Christopher Alexander as a philosopher of wholeness and enlivenment with the socio-economic and political rethinking and reshaping of the world. I.e. I plan to work on a Patterns Language of Commoning.



HUNT Elizabeth

Elizabeth Hunt is a member of percolab (Montréal, Québec, Canada) whose mission is to reinforce participatory and collaborative practices within organizations and communities in order that they may better respond to complex issues in service of the common good. She has been developing and co-creating community-based learning spaces and large-scale learning events for the past 15 years. She is dedicated to upheaving traditional notions of “expertise” and to creating spaces where participants’ experience, knowledge, and ways of knowing are put front and centre.


Amanda Jansen is OuiShare connector Netherlands & freelancer and involved in two cutting edge decentralized startups: Foundups and Noomap & Synergy Space Network based in Japan and the Netherlands. Amanda is a originally a social worker and a senior advisor for municipalities and govs. Four years ago she became involved in the collaborative economy movement of OuiShare and the P2P Foundation. She organized hackathons on p2p solutions and collaboration from a completely open source perspective, OuiShare meetups and a satellite event of OuiShare Fest and co-organized the Peer Value Conference in Amsterdam. She specializes in p2p dynamics, digitalization issues and collaboration as a core topic in all that she does. Currently she is a vlogger for the global emergence & abundance fest at Synergy Hub 1.0 Rotterdam during the month of October as well as involved in FLOW: a movement to bring across teal for organizations and a deeper connection within. Amanda teaches at a Master of Science on Information & Management about commons and p2p dynamics and information management and collaboration techniques. As the next phase of p2p she sees a global connection of nodes that are currently connected by several initiatives that aim to unite movements and create a seed crystal or social body that can be scaled globally. With this movement commons initiatives move out of the shadows or margins of the regular economy. The focus now is aimed at a changing consciousness and telepathical tooling with software applications such as Noomap. Scaling non invasive tech & growing awareness is her next expertise.


I am a co-director Letting Space, an arts organisation in Wellington, New Zealand concerned with broadening the commons. I was a founding director of Loomio software company and am part of the Enspiral Network. I am researching toward a PhD in Europe (University of Copenhagen) concerned with art and architecture practice and the commons.


Represent the European Citizenslab during the assembly of the commons in Brussels.

CitizensLab is a network of local actors of change. The aim of the network is to strengthen and connect active citizens from all sectors that are passionate about their local community. CitizensLab members engage in peer2peer learning experiences and look for generating and sharing the new narratives of their local initiatives that have a European relevance and dimension to the European political discourses. Experts from different sectors are part of the network, Community artists, Activists, Social entrepreneurs, Political scientists, Academics, Policy-makers and Door openers. Many network members have an artistic background. We adopt a participatory approach were members are involved in decision-making processes and in the constant creation and definition of the network. CitizensLab is a young network with great ambitions, the kickoff meeting was in June 2016


I am head of communications in EDUin, NGO deeply involved in field of education. EDUin serves as a watchdog permanently confronting education policies in Czech Republic and as an information joint among government, businesses, schools and another NGOs. We also run several projects. Their common base is focus on innovations. One of them is support to the Open Education Resources, project financed by Open Society Fund. We has created Alliance for open education which members are organizations and individuals engaged in education, technologies etc. More details about our activities in English: Personally: I do regularly publish about education in many of Czech media and serves as regular media commentator of educational events. Teacher at University of Economics and Management in Prague. I do contribute to launch business start up Education Republic. In 2015 I participated on the content and realization of Forum 2000 in Prague, one of the most high profile annual event in Czech Republic. Last year was education choosen as main theme of conference. Together with the Center of contemporary culture DOX I have created Map of social stereotypes. I do participate on the implementation of Philip Zimbardo’s Heroic Imaginations Project into the newly starting Silent memorial Bubny in prague etc. He focus not only education, his next field of interest are media. He is editor of Czech critical internet daily Britské listy. I have graduated from Pedagogical Faculty and Faculty of Sports Studies MU in Brno and hold PhD from Media Institute at Faculty of Social Sciences UK in Prague.


I'm a senior web developer in innovative web projects since 15years, looking at the world in a common way, thinking out of the box to build new open source approaches to benefit the commons. Since 4years, I'm managing and working on an NGO project, building an openSource citizen societal network called with commoners like Maia, Julien (I can see on the list :-). We are trying to build the platform itself as a common. I'm also actively interested in modeling and mapping out commons in territories, cities and organisations. I'm very active in creating tools for Open Organisations, in order to make them glocaly(localy and globaly) more efficient. I also Animate the "Forum des communs", Alternatiba in Reunion Island.


Eleni is a professional architect, instructor and PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked on community planning and visioning projects in Pittsburgh. Her interests include community planning, sharing and collaboration, urban sustainability, green infrastructure and closed loop systems. She is the co-curator of AUTONOMA conference (2016) and the co-founder of the Vacant Home Tour program, which was one of the four finalists for the National Fels Public Policy Challenge in 2015. Prior to her work in the US, she collaborated with several firms in Athens, Greece and worked independently as an architect. Her projects have taken part in exhibitions in Pittsburgh, Washington, Philadelphia, Barcelona, Puerto Rico and the Biennale for Young Greek Architects in Athens. Eleni is a Fulbright and Onassis scholar and a registered architect in Greece. She obtained her diploma in Architectural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), her MS in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University and she has studied urban design in Barcelona.


In 2004 Torange Khonsari co founded the art and architecture practice public works, an interdisciplinary practice working in the threshold of participatory and performative art, architecture and related fields of anthropology, always engaged with notions of civic in the city. Their projects are socially and politically motivated and directly impacts public space, working with local organisations, communities, government bodies and stakeholders.

As a practice it is a vehicle and an umbrella that both hosts and tests the academic research undertaken within university teaching. Torange is currently a director of public works- social and political art and architecture practice, and teaches architecture and activism at UMA school of architecture Sweden where she is an Adjunct professor. The direct two -way communication between academia and practice has enabled and enriched an exploratory environment within which public works is now operating. Published work include ‘public works enjoying the in between’ planning the unplanned, 2015, ISBN 9783869840635, ‘contemporary initiative in participatory art and architecture practice’, Open house international journal, 2007. My home is your home ISBN 978-1906318-05-5


Currently I'm working at the Vienna University of Technology researching and developing forms of Open Architecture. We try to transform existing technical DIY solutions to reach height (up to of 6 floors) on the basis of renewable and affordable materials in a modular way. Our results will be summed up in the form of a toolkit (CC-BY-SA), that should be ready by April. Also at the moment, I’m providing texts to the Shareable’s book project on Commons and Sharing Cities, where I'm focusing on exisiting Water and Housing model policies.

My relation to the Commons emerged in 2011 during my master thesis when dealing with "participatory design processes" in the context of urban planning. In 2013, I attended the Commons Summer School in Germany. Resulting further meetings eventually led to the foundation of the "Commons Institut e.V.", where I'm a part of.

From that point I’ve been drafting, particularly with David Steinwender, an imaginative Commons-society under the name of “City of Workshops”. In the context of the Commons Institute, especially with Christian Siefkes, we currently try to find ways how various initiatives can form something like a "Commons association", so people involved can fulfill their needs in a broader spectrum through commoning while avoiding potential excessive demands.


My name is Jens Kimmel, 29 years old, living in Amsterdam, working at research centre ACCESS EUROPE. I am generally interested in new political/democratic developments in Europe on which I write both academically and publicly. I am also planning to organize a sort of 'commons' meeting in Spring Amsterdam myself.


'Dimitris Koukoulakis has studied Information Systems Engineering at the University of Surrey, UK where he completed his Master of Research with an EPSRC scholarship. Worked for two years at the R&D of NOKIA UK and then returned to Greece where he continued working as a software engineer at an IPTV company. Since 2009 has been active with several local and international grassroots movements driven by the concern of scarcity and inequality. A turning point has been the co-organization of CommonsFest in Heraklion for the last three years. Recently co-founded a social co-op working on free software and open source hardware, the CommonsLab.


I am Sunna Kovanen, a regional geographer and freelance writer from Finland. I have been working in different NGOs in Finland and for a regional office of East and North Finland in Brussels.

With Commons I have mostly been involved during my studies and freetime. I have been active in / Solidarity economy network Finland, mapping solidarity economy actors in the country and researching and writing for our blog and some academic publications.

My themes have included common learning of embodied knowledge via theater improvization in comparison to common digital knowledge processes, and institutionalization and upscaling of common self-organized service production. The interest to embodied knowledge comes from my hobby in theater improvization. The theme of my next article ist care commons and feminist economies.

I have lived the last year in Berlin, getting known to german-speaking commons movements and supporting the organizational development of our CSA-farm in Brandenburg. Latest I have been working for Berlin & Brandenburg ImWandel, an online media and map about alternatives of collaborative economy in and around Berlin. Starting from next year I am planning to work and study with a Cooperative "Ehta Raha" in Helsinki, which develops needs-based economy with local communities in Finland.

KRAUSZ Nicolas

Nicolas Krausz est responsable de programmes à la Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer à Lausanne (Suisse) depuis 2011. Il est en charge d'un ensemble de programmes concernant "la transition écologique et socialement juste vers une autre économie", les communs comme paradigme du changement, le Forum Chine-Europe (avec son collègue Julien Woessner), l'éthique de la responsabilité et le dialogue interreligieux. Après avoir étudié la philosophie à l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, il a travaillé dans l'édition, en particulier sur les questions religieuses et interreligieuses. Il a ensuite travaillé pendant cinq ans dans le milieu politique français, essentiellement à l'Assemblée Nationale. Puis il a dirigé pendant trois ans une ONG internationale, l'Association des Populations des Montagnes du Monde (APMM). Entre 2007 et 2011, il a travaillé comme assistant parlementaire d'un député dans le Sud-Ouest de la France. Il est co-auteur de La Ville qui mange, un essai pour une gouvernance urbaine du système alimentaire publié en 2013 aux Editions Charles Léopold Mayer.


Gaëlle Krikorian leaves in France. She iis a sociologist and a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Social Issues. Social Sciences, Politics and Health (IRIS). Her researches focused a lot on the way health issues are taken into account during the negotiation of intellectual property in Free Trade Agreements. Until recently and during 4 years she was an advisor on Access to Knowledge and Intellectual Property issues for the Greens at the European Parliament. She is the author of articles about the Commons, Intellectual property issues, Access to medicines, Access to knowledge. She co-edited a book on social mobilizations in this field: Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property (Zone Books Eds: New York). For almost 10 years and until 2004 she was an AIDS working with Act Up in Paris. As a feminist she is part of several groups in France.


I discovered the dynamism of commons movement via a walk around urban commons I have been a contributor to several local commons on my territory and to the Assemblée des communs de Lille : Being an elected official , I am particularly interested in the question of public policies design, especially regarding mobility and accessibility. The issue of representation of public and exchanges of experience among the various governance bodies emerging common interests me first.

LEVA Federico

I'm a free software contributor and wikimedian since 2005, I'm especially interested in the digital commons based on copyleft, meant as tools for culture, tolerance/laïcité, democracy and social advancement. I've been a board member for Wikimedia Italia and the University of Milan, where I helped add Open Access to the bylaws. In Italy I support the broader commons via environmentalist and atheist associations (Legambiente, UAAR), housing and fair trade coops (Dar, Chico Mendes) etc.


With the Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF), based in Berlin/Germany. HBF is a publically financed foundation, the political affiliate of the German Alliance 90/The Greens Party. Since 2010, my project is been to nurture and support commoners and the commons and the search for the alternatives that we so badly need, alternatives to the neoliberal model of globalisation, the current world disorder and the ill conceived economic recipies that lead to plunder of people and the planet.

I am working for quite some years now with Michel Bauwens, HELFRICH Silke and their American collegue David Bollier of the Commons Strategies Group, Together we have organised with commoners from many countries two major conferences in 2010 (International Commons Conference ICC and in 2013 the Economics and the Commons Conference ECC; two volumes have been published by Silke and David on the Commons that many of you probably know: and more recently:

I have worked with Stacco Troncoso of the P2P Foundation, Frederic Sultan and Sophie Bloeme who have both in different ways contributed to the gathering in the coming days and I am very happy to see that a big network unfolds and hope that the Assembly process is bearing fruits for networking, mutual learning and a strategic side by side to of the many initiatives to make our Europe a place of tolernance, respect and wellbeing for the many. I am also happy to see friends and allies from the Charles Léopold Meyer Foundation, Nicolas Krausz, and the European Cultural Foundation with whom we are aligned in our support for policies and politics in favor of commons and commoning.


Of Spanish and British background but born in Colombia, she lives in Madrid since 2012, where she experiences and researches the rising transformation of citizen laboratories and P2P practices. In 2015, she's joined the team of Goteo/Platoniq, a platform that incentives the growth of the commons through crowdfunding. During 2015, she developed a project on peer-to-peer initiatives that are transforming public space through Southern Europe: 'P2P Plazas: a Southern European Network'. 'Twitter: @carmenlozano / @goteofunding


I´m a cultural agitator. Since 2003 I have been working as a cultural coordinator and transmedia artist, developing social and participatory processes. I live and work on Galician rural area, so i´m related to rural commons. From rural association i develop social and cultural activities on rural areas. Last years we have been co-working hardly in Montenoso, this project won a Honour Mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2014, in "Digital Communities" Category. As a political agitator i have been involved since 2011 on a kind of #15m international commission, a type of decentralized and espontaneous activist net that has been appearing and disappearing depending on global events linked to movements as #15m #occupy #yosoy132 #Manifencours, #direngezy, #NuitDebout, etc. We support each other in solidarity on issues such as education, human rights, migration, austerity or financial fraud and economic corruption, coordinating some global demos as #Globalnoise 2012 or #GlobalDebout 2015.

LORRAIN Ann-Catherin

Anne-Catherine Lorrain is a lawyer with expertise in copyright law. She is currently Policy Advisor in the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA political group. From September 2014 until September 2015, she was accredited parliamentary assistant / policy advisor to Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament in the Greens/EFA group and member of the Pirate Party, focusing on the drafting and on the discussion of the 'Reda Report' on the implementation of the InfoSoc Directive.

She is associated researcher at the CERDI research institute (Université Paris Sud-11, France), where she has conducted PhD research on the issue of territoriality of copyright in the digital environment. She is co-founder of the COMMUNIA Association, an international non-for-profit organisation promoting the digital public domain ([2]).

She used to work as a legal advisor in the music industry for the French division of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Paris (France), before representing the interests of consumers as the coordinator of the IP Policy Committee of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) in Brussels (Belgium) and Washington D.C. (US). She was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition (Munich, Germany) in 2011-2013.


Rubén Martínez is a member of La Hidra Cooperativa and of Fundación de los Comunes. Masters degree in Political Science and Social Transformation at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. FPI Fellowship Grant linked with TRANSGOB research he is currently doing his PhD at the IGOP His research focuses on the analysis of public policies that foster social innovation, its articulation with community based processes and changes in the social power relations. He had published several articles and books about cultural economy, participatory governance, critical approach to social innovation and community based economies.

MAYOT Philippe

I am the Executive Director of the newly French Foundation “Terre Solidaire” created in July 2016. The “Fondation Terre Solidaire” aims to address ecological and social transition issues by supporting and promoting local alternatives and new ways of thinking in order to move toward a new model that could achieve sustainable social justice and well-being for all.

During the previous years, I was the Head of the Africa Desk at CCFD-Terre Solidaire that is the foremost French NGO of solidarity for development. I was particularly involved in issues relating to biodiversity, agro ecological, commons, citizen mobilizations against GMOs.


member of Panorama180, a non-profit association from Barcelona focused on cinema and audiovisual experimentation done with XXI century criteria: digitalization, net, compromise, agitation, change, empowerment, community... always opened to news and proposals that intend to get over the problems generated by an obsolete conception of copyright in the digital era.

Since 2010 we organize the BccN Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival, the first film festival focused on Creative Commons understanding the license as a tool (not a purpose) which is part of an approach and individual/collective political position that, at the same time, tries to match the free culture philosophy and the commons with cinema and audiovisual. Through practical experimentation, this leads to new models of positive relationship with Internet logics and the common benefit.

During 2012 we also applied to the own festival a CC license promoting the CCWorld Audiovisual Commons Net, a global net with local festivals self-sustainables copy-derivated of the Barcelona's ones and spreeded in differents towns and cities all around the world, specially in Latin-American countries. We are more than 30 festivals sharing and collaborating in a decentralized the knowledge and sources and connecting communities, messages and struggles through the audiovisual language. There are festivals in Madrid, Valladolid, Bogotá, Medellín, Sevilla, Donosti, Leon, Huesca, Almeria, Cali, Lima, Helsinki, Montevideo, ciudad de México, Sofia, Buenos Aires, Barranquilla, Santiago de Chile, etc…

We still believe in digital culture and, specifically, in audiovisual language and cinema as tools for social transformation, capable of articulating narratives and generating constructions and resistances totally necessary these days. As always, but more than ever now.

MEYER Camille

Camille Meyer is a Ph.D. candidate in economics and management at Université libre de Bruxelles. His work focuses on social finance (community banks and complementary currencies) and analyze the extent to which grassroots financial organizations and services can be considered as commons. He realized field works in Brazil and lived in several European countries.


Ana Miranda, spokesperson of the political party BNG from Galiza, former galician member of the European Parliament (MEP) and next MEP in 2018-2019. We work in different common issues in our stateless Nation, Galiza, and also here in Brussels, translating to the EC different proposals, resolutions and doing political incidence helping people and communities with the social, environmental and participative focus. We are in permanent contact with the galician land commons organisation (Organización Galega de Comunidades de Montes Vecinhais en Man Común-ORGACCMM), voice of the land commons and they contact me to participate in the next Assembly. Alfredo Pereira, the president fot ORGACCMM and other common are coming for the event.

This land system in Galiza in this kind of special common property with germanic origin (Montes Vecinhais de Man Commún) are commons collective land and the property belong to the community, with independence of the change of members, the only condition to be co-owner and have rights on the land is to be neighbourg and the rights of transmission is collective and not individually; the management of common resources are also collective and democratic. The "Montes en Mán Común" have a social, ecological and productive fonction in the rural areas. The land commons have 2900 communities in 248 You can find more information about them here:

MOEBUS Katharina

Katharina Moebus is a Berlin-based designer who works at the crossroads of design, art, activism and research. Her special fields of interest include critical pedagogy, peer-to-peer learning, DIT-culture, the commons, and emerging practices of design for socio-political and environmental change. She is co-editor of 'Agents of Alternatives - Re-designing Our Realities' (2015, with Alastair Fuad-Luke & Anja-Lisa Hirscher) and just about to start her PhD-studies at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. She has gathered experience in working with neighbourhoods, communities and grassroots projects and is particularly interested in ways of strengthening local engagement with attention to its transformative potentials of greater scale.


With an autodidactic vocation, he has spent the most part of his professional life in his birth-town as a filmmaker and a scriptwriter. Since starting, he has developed several works for television until 1999, when he starts a new stage devoted to documentary films.


Marita Muukkonen and I, Ivor Stodolsky, run Perpetuum Mobile (PM), based in Helsinki, Berlin, Athens and the Provence. Our platforms are often commons-oriented, especially the PLURIversity ("A Co-Op of Co-Ops for Helsinki",, the PM Commons Collection, and The Arts Assembly ( open social format. A current special focus is the Artists at Risk (AR) platform, which works with "immigré" (refugee) artists and people at risk in third countries. We cooperate on occasion with the P2P foundation and FairCoop, among others.

NALPAS Dominique

I'm an urban 'activist' since long years in Brussels working on differents fields like public space, environment, food, cultural diversity, community territories. More specifically I work on water issues with the association "Etats Généraux de l'Eau à Bruxelles" that I have contribute to create. This organization propose to work with hydrologic communities (living labs) on the basis of this concept : "Solidarité de vallée". Technically - because the question of the commons are technological questions too - we propose to elaborate "new urbane rivers" which are note more than a network of decentralized devices cocreates with inhabitants of the valley. This kind of program is not yet fully recognized by the authorities who are continuing to develope centralized technology. But academics of this city are really interested.

On the field of the commons self, I have propose several years ago the concept of Festival des biens commons which became Commons Josaphat. This project is now one of the main project in Brussels about the commons. It will be presented during our meeting. I would like to propose to work in Brussels about the Commons of our Commons, which can be an Commons Assembly of Brussels.

I'm working also with trade union. I accompany the Region du Centre FGTB to create something like an "atlas of the commons" in this Region. It is a very interesting experience in this very depressed part of the country. The main question is how not to be fatalist after the crisis, and the closure of heavy industry. How to take our life in hand without expecting the response of the "Messie", the big capital coming from outside…

NIAROS Vasilis

Vasilis Niaros is an urbanist, regional planner and engineer as well as PhD candidate (expected in 2016) at the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology. His research interests include open source technologies, urban commons, "smart city", makerspaces, IoT and do-it-yourself culture. He is also the Funding Manager of the P2P Foundation and Research Fellow at the P2P Lab. Contact: vasilis.niaros at


I have worked as an architect and planning consultant and as an activist for sustainability for over 20 years. My main input was in Feasta: Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability ( but I also served on 10+ NGO, professional or government boards promoting community development or environmental sustainability. About four years ago, I gave up all that ineffective advocacy promising myself only to work on real projects that promise immediate benefits. The commons movement is a framework for projects that perfectly fit the prescription! I now lead two communing projects;- the Irish Biochar Cooperative based in Tipperary and the Community Land Trust Initiative based in Dublin. The more advanced is the Irish Biochar Cooperative Society Ltd trading as +Char Despite its benefits, biochar still remains a niche technology / product known only to few environmentalists. We think we can mainstream biochar using a business model that has proved very successful in Irish agriculture in the 1930-50s - the agricultural cooperative. For these times, we decided we needed a multi stakeholder /open cooperative to succeed. The Biochar Coop has 8 founder members representing workers, producers, users, service providers and community. We hope to expand with roll out of our habitat management services and new farm products this year. The Community Land Trust Initiative (CLTI) is a forum for now while we discuss the best model to take forward. The CLTI comprises a 40+ group of building, planning and housing professionals, activists, politicians and builders who are determined to address Ireland's housing crisis and see common ownership of land as a fundamental part of the solution. We may form our own community land trust or we may partner with a local authority in an arms length trust. We will know in 6 months or so.


Represent the European Citizenslab during the assembly of the commons in Brussels.

CitizensLab is a network of local actors of change. The aim of the network is to strengthen and connect active citizens from all sectors that are passionate about their local community. CitizensLab members engage in P2P learning experiences and look for generating and sharing the new narratives of their local initiatives that have a European relevance and dimension to the European political discourses. Experts from different sectors are part of the network, Community artists, Activists, Social entrepreneurs, Political scientists, Academics, Policy-makers and Door openers. Many network members have an artistic background. We adopt a participatory approach were members are involved in decision-making processes and in the constant creation and definition of the network. CitizensLab is a young network with great ambitions, the kickoff meeting was in June 2016

PANAYOTIS Antoniadis

My background is on computer science and engineering, and I have worked as an academic interdisciplinary researcher for 12 years on incentive mechanisms (both economic and non-economic) for peer-to-peer systems and the NetHood project, or what we have called recently "the right to the hybrid city": Since January 2016, I have quit academia and co-founded NetHood,, as an official Zurich-based non-profit organization. We were lucky to get involved immediately in two EU Horizon 2020 CAPS projects: and They are both inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches on the concept of DIY networking and community (wireless) networks. See also a recent special JoPP issue: Through this work, and envisioning various possible synergies between different forms of peer production, we have become very active in two concrete areas of local collective action: - community currencies:, and - cooperative housing: Our main focus is on extracting knowledge from a few concrete success stories, like WIR/ complementary currencies and Zurich's "young" cooperative housing projects.

For cooperative housing, you might also find this page interesting:, on which I am working together with Hans Widmer (aka P.M.) and you might wish to consider joining us in Venice, October 28-30th: For currencies, the NetHood team will be at the upcoming MoneyLab #3 in Amsterdam, December 1-2, to present the "Flexonomix District-Currency Game":


I live in Thessaloniki, Greece, where I've studied English Language and Literature in the Aristotle University. Along with Diomides, I was part of The Zeitgeist Movement, and attended the last 2 commonfests in Greece. Via TZM I have delivered several lectures and articles on language's inherent problems and the need to upgrade it, critical thinking and logical fallacies, science literacy, information evaluation (especially sources), the current socioeconomic model and its inherent flaws, a Natural Law/Resource-Based Economy, and generally post-scarcity economics. I have also served as the final proofreader and coordinator of the TZM Defined translation in Greek. I am currently a semi-professional musiciana, and my current interests, along with the above topics, include translation-interpretation, English language, socially conscious art, modern economics, P2p practices, and transitioning to a post-scarcity economy.

PATERSON Andrew Gryf

I represent myself as an 'artist-organiser', cultural producer, educator and independent researcher. I am specialised in developing and leading inter- and trans- disciplinary projects exploring connections between art, digital culture and science, cultural activism, ecological and sustainability movements, cultural heritage and collaborative networks. I am experienced in coordinating and facilitating participatory-open workshops for multi-disciplinary professionals, students & young people.

I am from central Scotland, grew up and lived there until 2000, however I have been based in Helsinki and Eastern-Baltic Sea region since the end of 2002. I consider myself a Commons activist working from within the cultural sector. As a personal example I also contribute as much of my artistic-research work to the Cultural Knowledge Commons, archiving media and documents to

My main involvement of recent years has been with Pixelache Helsinki [3] node of International Pixelache Network. From early 2011 until end of 2014, I was coordinator and facilitator of the 'Pixelversity' around-the-year informal educational programme for Pixelache. I am currently involved in their ongoing work-group project 'Ferment Lab' (2015-), and as a board-member self-allocated responsibility for international networks and archival processes. In Finland I am also a member of Open Knowledge Foundation Finland, focused on OpenGLAM topics, and also Finnish Bioart Society, which has a strong ecological & environmentalist focus in art+science.

Looking ahead am currently planning projects for 2017 in Helsinki FI, Minsk BY, Riga-Liepaja-Aizpute LV, Dortmund DE, & Strasbourg FR. All more or less relate to participatory or commons-based peer-production.

In direct relation to the Commons topic I have taken part in one European Commons 'Deep Dive' gathering in early December 2012, and also the 'Economies of the Commons' in Berlin conference of May 2013, both organised by the Commons Strategy Group. In collaboration with Andrea Botero & Joanna Saad-Sulonen, we edited in Helsinki a document called 'Towards Peer-production in Public Services: Cases from Finland', Crossover 15/2012. Helsinki: Aalto University, 2012 [which can be accessed here: ]. I have also written in 2010 about the connections between rural cooperative traditions and network culture:

I am very much interested in migrant epistemologies and refugee hospitality & facilitation subjects, and out of the many topics presented in the Assembly, I will try to focus my contributions in the Assembly on the role of artists and cultural workers in contributing to Commons transitions, and to any migrant or cultural heritage topics.

PATTI Daniela

Daniela Patti is a co-founder of Eutropian. She is an Italian and British architect and planner who studied in Rome, London, Porto and Vienna. Specialised in urban regeneration and environmental planning through collaborative processes, her recent research and projects focus on the governance of peri-urban landscape, the revitalisation oflocal food markets and new economic models for urban development. In recent years she has worked within theURBACT program ad Lead Expert in the Interactive Cities network, dealing with social media governance, and as Project Manager in the TUTUR – Temporary Use as a Tool for Urban Regeneration network. Furthermore, in 2014 and 2015 she worked for the Rome Municipality, where she elaborated the strategy for the access to the European Structural Funds to be invested on urban regeneration. Since 2012, she is Board Member of the Wonderland Platform for European Architecture, responsible for its collaborative planning series. Between 2010 and 2013, she has been a researcher at the Central European Institute of Technology, where she was responsible for the Project Management of EU Smart Cities and urban regeneration projects. Moreover, she has been a guest lecturer at the University of Roma Tre, Tor Vergata and Universidad de Buenos Aires.


My name is Martin Pedersen and I have been doing research on and been involved in a wide variety of commons, temporary and "permanent" - material and "immaterial", since the early 1990s.

11 years in university began with computing science, social history, law, sociology and philosophy - studying the evolution of information technology from cave paintings to cyberspace with reference to the development of human societies and consciousness - and ended with an interdisciplinary PhD thesis titled "Property, Commoning and the Politics of Free Software" [1]

I am currently involved in the creation of a global seed commons inspired by open source concepts, which brings together different open source seeds initiatives from around the world with a view to finding a common, conceptual ground that will allow exchange between these initiatives and thus realise a global commons.

A great source of inspiration for paradigmatically different ways of sharing, living and learning in common has been two years working with indigenous people in the Amazon, to where I will also return soon and spend considerable time the next three years.

I do freelance work editing and preparing texts of various kinds for publication, incl. in peer-reviewed academic journals.

cheers, martin


PETCOU Constantin

Constantin Petcou is a Paris-based architect whose work stresses the intersections between architecture, urbanism and semiotics. He is a co-founder of atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa), a collective engaged in explorations, activities and research concerning sociopolitical practices in the contemporary city. aaa works with ‘urban tactics’, encouraging residents to manage disused urban spaces themselves, engage in nomadic and reversible projects, and initiate interstitial practices. aaa has been awarded the European Prize for Urban Public Space and the Prix Grand Public des Architectures Contemporaines en Métropole Parisienne, both in 2010. Constantin has co-edited Urban Act: A handbook for alternative practice (2007) and Trans-local-Act: Cultural practices within and across (2010) and R-Urban Act: a participative strategy of urban resilience


Doina Petrescu is Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield. She is also a co-founder of atelier d’architecture autogérée. Her research is focused on gender, space and participation in architecture. Her approach broadens the scope of architectural discourse by bringing cultural, social and political issues to bear on design processes, while her methodology combines architectural theory and design, contemporary arts, social sciences, political philosophy and feminist theory. She is the editor of Altering Practices: Feminist Politics and Poetics of Space (2007) and co-editor of Architecture and Participation (2005), Urban act (2007), Agency: Working with uncertain architectures (2009) and Trans-local-act: Cultural practices within and across (2010) and The Social (re) Production of Architecture (2016). Email:

PIM Joám Evans

I am a commoner at the Froxán Commons Community, a small village in the Galizan municipality of Lousame, close to Santiago de Compostela. Our rural Community has 100 hectares of woodlands which are managed through direct assembly democracy and also self-manages important services such as village water supply. The Community faces considerable threats from the mining industry and has been drawn into a protracted conflict with the companies.

The municipality of Lousame, in which I have recently served as local councillor, is a good example of the reality of land commons in Galiza. common land is 50% of the total in the municipality, with 33 commons community assemblies managing its resources, that also include in most cases basic services such as supply of water.

In this corner of Europe, the commons are a crucial aspect of our life. 1/3 of the land in Galiza is "commons", some 650.000 hectares that contribute to the livelihood of more than half a million people. Galizan "commons" is a form of "property" which is neither State-owned nor individual, but belonging to communities as open and fluid groups of people settled in the land that steward its resources.

With this context in mind, we are mostly interested in traditional mechanisms for commons management through rural assembly democracy. But we are also very interested in expanding the notion of the commons to other practises and places. I am also involved with the iComunales initiative (, connected to the global ICCA Consortium (

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to a massive conflict that currently involved several other commons communities in our municipality regarding a project to set up a massive industrial waste landfill for a million tons in prime agricultural and forest lands that directly affects dozens of farmers and drinking water supplies of many of our villages. It would be of great support if the European Commons Assembly would consider issuing a Resolution in support for the commoners movement againts this landfill, uniting their voice with that of the commoners of Europe.

POLYAK Levente

Levente Polyák is a co-founder of Eutropian. He is urban planner, researcher and policy adviser. He studied architecture, urbanism, sociology and art theory in Budapest and Paris, and worked on urban regeneration projects for the New York, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Budapest and Pécs municipalities. Founding member of the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, board member of the Wonderland Platform for European Architecture. Specialized on urban regeneration, cultural development, community participation, local economic development and social innovation, with a special focus on building development scenarios on existing resources. In the past years, he has been researching new organizational and economic models of community-led urban development projects, including the temporary use of vacant properties and community-run social services. Based on this research, he has been helping public administrations as well as professional and community organisations of various sizes and geographic locations across Europe. He participated at the URBACT pilot project “Temporary Use as a Tool for Urban Regeneration“.


Represent the European Citizenslab during the assembly of the commons in Brussels.

CitizensLab is a network of local actors of change. The aim of the network is to strengthen and connect active citizens from all sectors that are passionate about their local community. CitizensLab members engage in P2P learning experiences and look for generating and sharing the new narratives of their local initiatives that have a European relevance and dimension to the European political discourses. Experts from different sectors are part of the network, Community artists, Activists, Social entrepreneurs, Political scientists, Academics, Policy-makers and Door openers. Many network members have an artistic background. We adopt a participatory approach were members are involved in decision-making processes and in the constant creation and definition of the network. CitizensLab is a young network with great ambitions, the kickoff meeting was in June 2016


I joined the list as been helping out Matthew Slater with his Virtual Currencies/Community Accounting modules for Drupal ( and he mentioned this event but I missed out on the opportunity to attend sadly, but extremely glad I found this list - so many amazing, inspiring projects people are working on!

I spent the weekend watching the Platform Coop conference stream, I'm working on one for Drupal which I've been a part of for 13-odd years now. We have a unique situation as the largest Free/Libre Open Source Software community in terms of contributors however both benefit and suffer from the large amounts of money involved in some aspects of it.

My particular angle has always been to improve the marketing of the project and helped set up the marketing & branding committee of the Drupal Association back in 2012 when I spent a year as the first ever community-elected 'At Large' Director before I discovered trying to change the system from within the system isn't gonna work, we need a bottom-up solution hence why I've landed in the platform coop space.

PYÉE Maximilien

I'm Maximilian, french activist who lives in Berlin.

RADCCHI Antonella

RADICCHI Antonella

I’m a registered architect and Ph.D. in Urban Design. As IPODI-Marie Curie fellow, I’m currently based at the Technical University Berlin - Institute of City and Regional planning, where I am working on my project “Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes." Based on the assumption that quietness in cities should be considered as a commons, I’ve developed a citizen-driven methodology to analyze, evaluate and plan small, quiet areas on the local scale and I’m experimenting with it in Berlin, by means of a pilot study. In order to empower people to identify and evaluate quietness in cities, I’ve also developed the Hush City app, which is free and it runs on both iOS and Android devices. Hush City app was released in April 2017 and since then quiet areas have been crowdsourced both in Europe and in the USA. In case you may want to give it a try, here you will find more info! I’d welcome the possibility to meet commoners based in Berlin, and I hope to have the possibility to join you all in next conferences/events. With regards, Antonella


I´m living in in the area of Järna south of Stockholm, Sweden. I´m involved in community/ commons based projects on different levels, mainly through the Transition- and Permaculture Network of Sweden. Unfortunately, I won´t have the possibility to join this time, but I would like to send you a paper which we made within the project REALS - Resilient and Ecological Approaches for Living Sustainably . Even if sent late, perhaps it could inspire some of the work during the coming days? I especially want to highlight the third section focused on landstewardship which highlights the importance of eg agroecological foodsystems. You find it here:


I have been working part time as a teacher in an architectural school (semiology of architecture, public spaces, signification of progress), and also in housing programs in a municipality, and also sometimes writing papers.

Now I am retired, I am involved in a local citizen movement in Saint-Gilles (municipality of Brussels Region). With a lot of people we made resistance against inappropriate political decisions about public spaces. And we won! We made a short movie about it. Some people showed interest for a citizen movement and several transition initiatives. So the group started with a local money project, and a reflexion about public spaces, to be considered as a Common. We are also working on a tree charter.

One of our projects is presentation of books concerning transition into the public library of Saint-Gilles, to initiate a basic reflexion about transition and Commons.

So we were like Mister Jourdain, doing Commons without knowing it!

Early spring, I made an interview of Michel Bauwens, to be published next year in a Belgian/French magazine (Almanach Soldes Fins de Séries). Now we have planned to establish a Common Assembly, federating several local initiatives. But I often reflect – and I still do not know the answer – on the problem of the relevance of the group doing commons (size, quality of the persons, representativeness, ...).


Currently I am into commons in two ways, like a researcher of País Vasco University with the “Sharing Society project” (2016-2019), and also as the President of non-profit association DEMETRA that seeks ways to promote individual participation in Society (cultural, social and politics ways). One example of this work is In the past, I was a researcher in “Museum I+D+C, Laboratory for the Digital Culture and Hypermedia Museography” project of Complutense Madrid University.

SAIJA Francesco


Represent the European Citizenslab during the assembly of the commons in Brussels.

CitizensLab is a network of local actors of change. The aim of the network is to strengthen and connect active citizens from all sectors that are passionate about their local community. CitizensLab members engage in peer2peer learning experiences and look for generating and sharing the new narratives of their local initiatives that have a European relevance and dimension to the European political discourses. Experts from different sectors are part of the network, Community artists, Activists, Social entrepreneurs, Political scientists, Academics, Policy-makers and Door openers. Many network members have an artistic background. We adopt a participatory approach were members are involved in decision-making processes and in the constant creation and definition of the network. CitizensLab is a young network with great ambitions, the kickoff meeting was in June 2016


Simon SARAZIN travaille sur plusieurs expériences menées à Lille : http// : plateforme mettant en avant quelques pistes d'ingrédients pour construire des communs, http://, (2 plateformes open sources visant à repérer recenser des communs et des initiatives citoyennes). Il contribue au lancement lors de l'événement les ROUMICS 2015, d'un travail de préfiguration de l'assemblée des communs, qui se tient à Lille chaque dernier jeudi du mois. Il est aussi régulièrement en lien avec les contributeurs de Sharelex et travaille également sur la création d'une LSC (Legal Service for Commons visant à héberger et à protéger des communs. Durant l'été 2015, avec Marion Rousseau, il a animé une coopérative de jeunes à Boulogne sur Mer (Entre'Coop).


I am an environmental scientist by training, covering ecology, economy and society/institutions. Since graduating in 2011, I have worked respectively on recycling policy, community currencies, and the concepts of ‘biobased’ and ‘circular’ economics. I also coordinated the Dutch ‘great transition’ campaign (De Grote Transitie). While all important and potent, they each (singly) have their limitations, which has brought me to studying the commons paradigm that to me captures the essence of what is at stake here.

My key concern is theoretical synthesis and discourse formation. I am attempting to devise a framework that aims to make the dispersed field of the commons intelligible to everyday influencers (i.e. policymakers, managers, civil servants, ngo people, scholars), many of whom appear to have a latent interest in commons thinking, but who are not as commited (and certainly not as well-informed) as we are. In an early rendition of this effort, together with Waag Society I will be running a temporary programme called Open Planbureau (preliminary, Dutch, info on By far most of my work has been in Dutch so far, but anyone interested can visit my bilingual website or follow me on twitter: @soc_sch.

SENE Ismaël

I am both a community-based researcher, and a consultant, based in France Brittany. I am also an Administrator of the SCIENCES CITOYENNES NGO, based in Paris. Citizen Science, Social Innovation and the Commons are the three key words to describe my field of interest


As a researcher in urban planning and a citizen living in Brussels, I am interested in the topic of commons, especially related to housing and the right to the city.


I was involved actively in the Zeitgeist Movement and the Commonsfest both at Heraklion and Athens. Â I currently work for the Greek Telecomunication Organization and due to heavy work loads my participation in the Commons community the previous months was limited at least. I also have contacts with the local P2P Foundation group.


Sociologist, blogger, journalist and urban activist based in Chisinau. Moldova. I am also a co-redactor at PLATZFORMA.MD, a web platform for social, economic and political criticism. I am interested in and I argue for inclusive democratic public spaces, social justice, free knowledge, plurality of worldviews and practices. With OBERLIHT Young Artist Association we are working in Chisinau area, trying to use art as a tool for community change and building communities through artistic expression.


I'm actually based in Vancouver Canada but I've been actively leading digital commons initiatives globally since 2003. For the last five years I was Associate Director of Global Learning for Creative Commons helping government, organizations, and businesses around the world adopt and use open licenses to share digital works. In this capacity I supported open policy, open business models, and open practices across all kinds of open initiatives including Open Access, Open Educational Resources, open data, open science, and open culture. I'm the co-author of a recently published book Made With Creative Commons. This book makes the case that sharing is good for business, especially for companies, organizations, and creators who care about more than just the bottom line. It includes 24 case studies of hybrid organizations who are part market or state and part commons. All of this work has led me to see the great social and economic benefits of the commons - in all its forms. Having started out focusing on the digital commons I'm now coming to embrace the physical commons and position my go forward efforts in a way that embraces both the digital and physical. Commons work in Europe seems significantly more advanced than in North America but I'm sensing a growing interest here so I've started speaking to people about the possibility of to establishing a NA Commons Assembly. In September I'll be speaking at the Open Science FAIR Conference (OSFair2017 - in Athens about the book Made With Creative Commons. Hope to meet some of you there!


I’m Paul Stelhe a videographer/editor in San Francisco, I recently took part in the Fearless Cities Barcelona En Comú summit in Barcelona: Facebook: stelhe Twitter: @stelhe


Marita Muukkonen and I, Ivor Stodolsky, run Perpetuum Mobile (PM), based in Helsinki, Berlin, Athens and the Provence. Our platforms are often commons-oriented, especially the PLURIversity ("A Co-Op of Co-Ops for Helsinki",, the PM Commons Collection, and The Arts Assembly ( open social format. A current special focus is the Artists at Risk (AR) platform, which works with "immigré" (refugee) artists and people at risk in third countries. We cooperate on occasion with the P2P foundation and FairCoop, among others.


Ina Studenroth, born in 1978 in Recklinghausen/Germany is a cultural manager and créatrice de liens. She is currently working for the NGO Les Têtes de l’art, member of Connected Action for the Commons network as international project manager. She holds diplomas in cultural studies and sociology from University of Bremen/ Germany. Before moving to France in April 2006, she was involved in producing projects for different German festivals and EU funded cultural projects. Between 2006 and 2009, she developed artistic encounters and exchanges with European partners for Théâtre Massalia – European centre for productions targeting young audiences in Marseille. In parallel, she has been involved in developing artistic projects for Marseille-Provence 2013 – European Capital of Culture since 2007 as part of the Cities on the Edge network before joining the team as assistant of the deputy director in charge of programming. In 2014 she joined the team of the Festival d’Avignon as production manager. Since 2013 she is training cultural managers from Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria in the frame of Kulturakademie programme at the Goethe Institut Tunis. She has a special interest in participatory art, trans-sectorial projects, and mobility of artists.

SULTAN Frédéric

SULTAN Frédéric contribue à la facilitation du « réseau francophone des biens communs » à travers les projets d'appropriation des idées et des pratiques des communs réalisés par la société coopérative Gazibo (fondée en 2008) Il coordonne Remix the commons et a participé à la rédaction du manifeste pour la récupération des biens communs (en 2009). Il est membre de l'association Vecam.

SULTAN Frédéric helps to facilitate the networking on the commons in the francophone area through projects that present ideas and practices of commoning carried out by the coop Gazibo (founded in 2008) He coordinates Remix the commons and has participated in the drafting manifesto Reclaim the common (in 2009). He is a member of the association Vecam.

SÆTRE Lasse Gullvåg

I'm doing my masters in science and technology studies, coming from half my life consuming and contributing to free software. I'm also a human geographer and have done a good deal of OS mapping, written about linux based mobile technologies and gender equality in academia, among other things, and a previous project brought me deeper into hacker and maker culture. I want to follow all parts of the debates, especially as to how infrastructures forms and is formed by the world. Currently I'm working on a project concerning the digitization of the European railway, ERTMS.


Currently a freelance researcher in Istanbul, I'm working on a coop initiative among scholars/researchers with high levels of job insecurities acting as commons collective. We have exciting ideas flowing in about trans-nationalizing the initiative on common grounds, so your suggestions would be most welcome. The platform cooperativism event I attended in 2015 at the New School, NY opened new horizons to the civic solidarity networks I've been contributing since late '90s.


Lucas (Sevilla, Spain) is member of ZEMOS98, a cultural initiative which researches about free culture, social innovation, the commons, new media and informal education. ZEMOS98 has recently coordinated a european project within the context of the Doc Next Network and with the title: “Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons” to foster through media some social struggles related to the Commons from the UK, Turkey, Poland and Spain. Lucas is also a media-maker working on the commons, migrations and political cinema.

TOM (ojuso)


My Name is Federico Tomasone and I´m working since 2014 as Prokect manager at the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Brussels Office. I´m in charge inside our program about socio-ecological transformation for the component about commons and solidarity economy.


I handle general coordination and development at the P2P Foundation and I’m also responsible, along with Ann Marie Utratel, for our general advocacy and communications work. I’m also the founder of the P2P translation collective Guerrilla Translation and designer/content editor for, the P2P Foundation blog and the new Commons Strategies Group website. My work around the commons cultures also extends to public speaking and relationship-building with prefigurative communities, policymakers and potential commoners worldwide.


Tackling issues of climate justice on behalf of a catholic organisation, the Pope's encyclical - declaring the climate a commons - has been motivation, support and challenge at once. The main message – environmental and social problems have to be thought and fought together – has not been easy to accept for a „development“ organisation. I was surprised to see the great resonance among environmental groups – or maybe not...? I think (commitment to) change has a fundamentally ethical dimension. No surprise: the encyclical contains many disputable things, too, for example a chapter about (the concept of) work, limiting it mostly to employment. Reimagining the future of my own work, I would love to reduce my employed time in favour of more "Eigenarbeit" and conviviality, dedicating time to my family, kids (8, 9, 11), friends and the Commons-Institute I co-founded. I see a chance for the commons paradigm to gain ground within my professional environment, however, so far it has mainly been my personal commitment.


Ruby van der Wekken - I am a co-founder and active in the development of Helsinki Timebank - I am also active in a process wanting to take forward a Solidarity Economy network buidling process and through this a furthering of our commons and commoning - up on I work for Siemenpuu environmental foundation which executes Finnish development cooperation and which supports actors in Global South around issues of ecological democracy.


Fanny van Hal (Membership Officer at GEN-Europe) grew up in an intentional community of 18 households located in the fruit basket region of the Netherlands. She moved to the Arterra Bizimodu community in Spain in 2015. Fanny finished her four-year Bachelor of Management of the Living Environment (BSc) at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences focusing on sustainable rural development through networks and did her final thesis project with the Council of Sustainable Settlements of Latin America (CASA) and their national network CASA Colombia. Always having had an interest in communal living, Fanny traveled and visited several eco projects around the world, ranging from occupied villages to self-sufficient farms and ecovillages. Fanny is an entrepreneurial, creative and positively critical person who is passionate about working in international teams facilitating change towards a more green and inclusive world. Currently Fanny is setting up a Community Supported Agriculture in Spain and works for GEN-Europe as Membership Officer, keeping contact and information flow within the network and bringing up the voice of ecovillages on a higher level.


Hanne Van Reusel will participate at the Commons Watch conference as member of Commons Josaphat. Her work within this citizen collective is in line with her PhD research at the Faculty of Architecture of the KU Leuven (campus Sint-Lucas Brussel). Within the Incubators of Publics Spaces research project she actively takes part in processes of collective visioning and local place-making at and around the Josaphat site. Commons Josaphat is a politically autonomous citizen initiative. We aim to bring the principles of the commons into practice at the Josaphat site in Brussels. In our ambition to lay the foundations for of a more sustainable, participative and just city we focus on this huge wasteland, which the Brussels Capital Region plans to develop into an entire new neighborhood. Departing from already existing commons initiatives, we are collectively working on a realistic proposal to develop the Josaphat neighborhood as a commons.


I am a documentary filmmaker, French, based in Paris, who lived 17 years in London. I have recently produced the film Halcyons in Greece on the structures of solidarity. I collaborate with the quarterly Vacarme. ( I am a founder of the association Interdemos, which aim is to contribute to the elaboration of a european civil society (Demos).


Dobrica Veselinović was born in 1981 in Belgrade/Serbia. He is active in the civil sector for the last 10 years, and in the last few years has been fighting for public spaces and greater citizens’ participation in decision making process in regard to urban development issues. The areas of interest are political theory, ecology and urban development, the counter-cultural movements. Every year he maintains the large number of lectures and presentations.

Currently one of leaders of movement "Let's not drown Belgrade" which is raised against Belgrade waterfront mega urban development project, and part of Ministry of space collective from Belgrade, Serbia.

VIVERO Jose Luis

I am an agricultural engineer (academic qualification) and anti-hunger activist (vocation) with experience on food security and nutrition policies and programmes, right to food advocacy and food sovereignty practices in Latin America, Africa and Europe. Currently, a PhD Research Fellow on food governance and agri-food transitions in the Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). I am exploring the idea and praxis of food as a commonss, from a normative and heuristics point of view. Preparing an academic book on "Food as a Commons" with three co-editors and 30 authors to launch the debate at global level. Why is food not treated as a commons? Why is food not governed as a public good such as health or education?

In this Assembly, I would be interested in meeting other commoners, partners and colleagues that have an interest in food. So. count on me whether specific exercises on "Mapping the food commons" are envisioned as part of the concrete steps to walk the talk. I have just been uploaded an article to the Wiki of Commons Transition on The Food Commons Transition


My work centres on designing, developing and evaluating novel, digitally-enabled models of citizen participation that engage communities in developing the future of local service provision, decision-making and democracy. I am currently running the Open Lab: Athens initiative. OLAthens, through the engagement with the social and solidarity economy in Greece and the embedding of researchers in contexts of civic significance, aims at: designing and developing digital systems to facilitate and extend the civic activities of solidarity structures (e.g. systems for logistics, communications, decision-making etc.); and to invent digital systems that will extend the solidarity economy by embedding its values (i.e. equity, cooperation, environmental sustainability etc.) in the design of systems for wider reach.

My previous research projects have involved a set of experiments into participatory methods in digital systems. More generally, I am interested in the intersection of open source software and the solidarity economy, e-participation (e-deliberation, e-contestation), e-democracy and human computer interaction (HCI).


Matt Wallis (software engineer). I work at the Institute for Solidarity Economics (ISE), Oxford, UK. Currently working on Linked Open Data for describing initiatives in the Solidarity Economy. This open source work can be found at ISE is currently sowing the seeds for a UK Solidarity Economy Network. I'm also working on another open source project for planning long distance journeys by bicycle! In the past, I have developed software that exposes the hidden, cheaper, train fares in the UK.


Agnieszka Wiśniewska - Activist, feminist, philologist and sociologist. Editor of books on Polish cinema and documentary cinema. Author of Henryka Krzywonos’ biography "Big Solidarity, small solidarity" (2010) and book about film director Małgorzata Szumowska "Cinema is a Survival School" (2012), co-author of children's book "Cooperation" (2013). For 6 years she was coordinator of Political Critique’s Clubs’ activities, now editor-in-chief on


I'm probably older than most posters, in my 50s, and have spent my life in the traditional career path (electronics/software). Beyond starting a transition town type of movement here in the South-East corner of France, which has since closed down (few people in this area seem sensitive to the issues the planet is currently facing), my credentials in the Commons area are minimal, but I'm one of the "silent few" who can see clearly what is happening in the world on a climate/ecology/political level, and yet is wondering what on earth I can or should be doing about it. Having worked all my life to afford my own home, I'm not sufficiently financially autonomous to be able to go and do something meaningful (and presumably poorly paid or unpaid). Yet I think that is what I should be focusing on from an ethical and moral standpoint, to contribute what little I may be able to, to change the way things currently are. Preferably without putting into peril the capital I've accumulated over my working life (i.e. my house), and to help my kids who are now adults, in case the world that we've created for them goes completely pear-shaped. But I'm still tempted to take the step, I just don't know where or what. I suspect (hope?) that there are many more in a similar situation.


I graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade where I earned my doctoral degree in urban planing. The areas of my research include public property management, public space, self-organisation, DIY philosophy and urban-cultural discourse. In 2010. I co-launched one of the first initiatives aimed at fostering citizens’ participation in urban development, initiating dialogue between citizens, social activist, urban developers, architects and city officials about development of the city, called Ministry of Space. From 2012. I’m program and art director of the Street Gallery in Belgrade, first public exhibition space for community and for sharing and co-creation. In 2014. I co-initiated movement “Don’t let Belgrade d(r)own” which was set up to oppose controversial Belgrade Waterfront Project, and gained massive public attention after a wave of protests denouncing government corruption and calling for the mayor’s resignation after a series of illegal demolitions were undertaken in late April to clear land along the Sava River for the new development. I also work as teacher assistant on the Interdisciplinary studies at the Department for urban planning at Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. I’m an author of the publication „Map of action“ about the urban activism in Serbia, for which I got a special prize. In the partnership with two NGOs from Belgrade, in November this year we started the project - Studies of the Commons, which seeks to explore, apply and experiment with the concept of commons in the local/regional context. The overall objective of the project is to encourage critical thinking and acting, to offer and examine new models of education, production, collective organization and management, with an aspiration to propose and discuss new ways of sustainable, equitable and participatory social organization. I’m a member of INURA (International Network for Urban Research and Action) and Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia.