Commons and Social Solidarity - Steps after UniverSSE2017
Good afternoon, everyone,
Ruby, Laure and myself had a very good "harvest' at the Assembly and Workshop we coordinated at UniverSSE 2017 in Athens. We not only managed to attract Enrique Duran and John Restakis to our list (they seemed very enthusiastic and said they would enroll), but we also got from the discussions some gourmet food for thought that we should "digest" together in the coming weeks and months:
What do we exactly mean when we talk about "public policies" and "regulations"?
Which public bodies are our natural partners? The European institutions? National governments? Municipalities? Given the prominent role progressive municipal governments, such as that of Barcelona an Naples, are gaining in the Commons/SSE field, shouldn't we give more attention to the development of alliances with municipalities, as well as the diffusion at the European level of "best practices" regarding collaboration between Commons/SSE actors and municipal governments?
How to promote the sustainability of Commons/SSE initiatives by developing "ecosystems" based on synergetic funding and the establishment of supply chains and economies of scale among participants?
How to attract to the ECA and promote collaboration between "state-oriented" and "autonomist-oriented" Commons/SSE actors?
What is the position and role of ECA members who represent themselves, as well as those who represent organizations? Should we develop different rules and methodology for participation?
How to further involve academics in the ECA and Commons/SSE movement and give them the tools to influence the public opinion and give credibility to our movement?
How should we develop connections with Commons/SSE movements and organizations outside of Europe?
Should we draft together a kind of charter/guiding document in which we define basic concepts, goals and methodologies?
And also thinking out loud with her when/how could we address these and other questions which are arising and to which (future) participants of the process would like to see more answers? To be gathered for a next ECA? An ongoing process in Loomio? (Question raised by Ruby)
Should we orient our process via email/Loomio towards a special workshop/panel on Commons/SSE convergence and strategizing at the conference on the topic I am organizing for the second semester of next year at Cooperativa Terra Cha in Portugal?
What about publishing an edited book/ebook and special section on the P2P foundation blog with the results of our discussion?
Poll Created Tue 18 Jul 2017 11:04AM
Should we have an ECA moment on Commons and Social Solidarity Economy, where we would conclude the process of discussion of this topic? Closed Mon 31 Jul 2017 11:01AM
Conference "Solidary Social Economy, Common Goods and Transition: Perspectives of convergence for a sustainable and post-capitalist future in Europe
Place: Cooperativa Terra Chã, date to be defined (three days during the second half of 2018)
Organization: Center for International Studies, University Institute of Lisbon, CEI-IUL (with the support of the Department of Political Economy of ISCTE-IUL and the Center for Ecology, Evolution and Climate Change, CE3C, FCUL).
In response to the current social and environmental crisis on a planetary scale, various social movements are developing alternatives to socio-economic status quo by mobilizing endogenous resources and networking among grassroots initiatives. Within these movements stands out the Solidary Social Economy and the 'Common Goods'. This international and interdisciplinary conference, guided by an action-research strategy, aims to promote a dialogue between researchers and activists from both movements in Europe, with a view to developing theoretical and empirical materials facilitating convergence and establishing common action plans with Promoting socially and environmentally resilient communities. The conference also aims at the critical and reflexive interaction of solidarity economy experiences and the management and dynamization of common goods, such as community waste, process animators and conference participants. The conference will be organized around four axes, for which we invite the presentation of communications:
Infrastructures: Food, water, energy, transport, housing, land / land patrimony and property law (s);
Culture and leisure;
Media and education
Of all the communications sent, the Scientific Commission will select 24, which will be distributed by the total of eight panels of communications that will take place during the event. The limited number of accepted communications has to do with the objective of reconciling various types of actors and epistemologies in this event, in order to promote dialogue and joint actions between the academic world and civil society. However, high-quality communications but for thematic coherence could not be included in the panels, they could be included in the Ebooks in which the communications presented at the conference will be published, as well as chapters resulting from the learning processes that will take place during the event. Special preference will be given to communications that include in their analysis the following cross-cutting themes: Environmental ethics and empowerment and self-determination of vulnerable social groups.
We suggest that in the first two days there be a morning panel in which authors and actors gather to promote dialogue between academic research and field practices. During the afternoon, there would be four parallel panels with the communications approved by the call.
Event Outputs: The outputs of the publication will be an Ebook in which the communications presented at the conference will be published as well as chapters resulting from the learning processes that will take place at the conference. In addition, multimedia material will also be made in the form of interactive art videos and installations on a website to be created for this purpose. Conference organizers will also write a paper, based on the event process, about the social, cultural, economic and environmentally sustainable organization of knowledge production processes. One of the methods will be the application of a questionnaire to the participants.
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