De Remix Biens Communs


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, ...).