Wed 1 Feb 2017 12:56PM

ECA meeting in London (Tate proposal by Torange)

NL Nicole Leonard Public Seen by 23

As Torange was having issues with loomio, I'm starting a thread so we can follow up talking on her proposal (copied below). Of course, key issues of governance need to be resolved so we can make some decisions on our 2017 timeline and upcoming events.

In Brussels I recommended a meeting of the commons in Tate modern as part of their Tate exchange program which is about education and grassroots engagement. I know the Tate would not be the best institutional organisation for ideas of commons but what it does is to distribute and communicate the ideas of the movement of the commons widely. Having for 20 years operated in the margins initiating and running grass roots projects, I believe such platforms to be used to disseminate alternatives is important. We also have 4 commoning projects that are currently running in London which can be visited plus other initiatives and commoners who were not in Brussels but are operating in London. I know wonderful projects are happening in Italy and Spain and Greece but economically challenging (for commoners at least) contexts such as London and how Commoners try to operate in such a tough context is also really interesting supporting challenges they face are very different, nature of activism to create change is very different and the support structures that are negotiated.

For your interest I have attached the projects we are involved in that can be visited but additionally areas such as hackney wick being erased by Olympic developments and meeting the groups who are challenging and promoting Common methods of living and working.

Anyway I thought I put it out there again....


As public land in London is swallowed up in private investment there is a need for its citizens to rethink common and
public ownership models. public works is involved in three long term projects that address this issue in very different ways.
Every single one uses government policies, the power of a strong community development with spatial tactics and strategies
to implement public land grab.

LJ Works | Interact Roman Road | Trade Deptford

LJ Works, in collaboration with Architecture 00, will provide affordable workspace that both safeguards an inspiring
community growing project, The Loughborough Farm, and begins to address local youth unemployment.
InterAct, in collaboration with the Roman Road Trust is re-framing the area around the Roman Road in East end of London as a spine
to a ‘Civic Neighbourhood’. The project explores the relationships we construct and values we hold in construction of a ‘Civic Neighbourhood’.
Trade Deptford, in collaboration with Assembly SE8 a local platform hosting events and debate,
exploring the theme of local identity, gentrification and role of an active citizen in Deptford


What new forms of environmental and civic practices do we need to invent to deal with climate change and the ongoing
dismantling of Eco-civic infrastructure in favour of market driven solutions. public works continues to explore the commons
through collaborative and environmental projects involving citizens in re-imagining how we want to live and work together
foregrounding use of closed loop systems.

R-Urban Wick | Glut Field & Glut Barn | DIY Commons

R-Urban Wick is a movable, community and cultural facility that demonstrates closed loop principles. Established via
fortnightly self-build workshops the project is in the process of completing a cafe run on energy generated from
organic waste through a 800 litre anaerobic digester.
The Glut Field & Glut Barn, is a collaboration with Somewhere as part of ‘A Fair Land’, the flagship summer
exhibition in 2016 curated by Grizedale Arts for the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland. A Fair Land
aimed to create an artist led functional system for living - a model village.
At a time where councils are seeing cuts and can’t maintain parks DIY Commons attempted a method to save them.
Located in a declining park in North Manchester, this project tries to turn the park into a common resource for the local community.


The ‘Civic University’ is a research and pilot project
taking place over three years as part of Tate Moderns new Tate Exchange programme. We will explore the idea
of a university embedded within the discourse of knowledge commons with the purpose of teaching, the construction
of new urban commons. In addition to five classrooms situated in different projects across London we have set up
class rooms at Roskilde festival and linked up with similar initiatives such as in Urban school Ruhr set up by Raumlabor Berlin.


Nicole Leonard Sat 1 Apr 2017 2:16PM

A reminder that on May 9 there is a planning meeting with the TATE and so we need to have a more solid proposal together: @davidhammerstein @sophie40


Nicole Leonard Wed 10 May 2017 3:29PM

Notes from meeting with Torange, David, Nicole on Monday May 1

-Tate Exchange Program: last cycle 2016-17, touched 3,000 people, access to Tate's communications
-We would be cycle Nov 2017- end of April 2018. Proposed date for ECA: March 13-14, 2018
Note- We can't credit our partners on TATE website but we can in our own materials
- Can have a smaller room or the whole big room on the 5th floor*
-Printing is in house at the TATE, have display boards=low costs

-Groups in UK can take a leadership role: Public Works (torange) and their partners. Local urban commons projects. Other ideas: Transition Towns, Mayor's office for greater London area, Teatro Mundi (Richard Senate -sp?) Andreas (Public works) collaborates often with Doina and Constantin (AAA), James Gilligan (____ Foundation)
-We can start creating a contact list spreadsheet for local partners

-Does the theme become "commons" or do we consider to continue Civic University? Up to us to decide themes. Urban commons yes but also knowledge and cultural commons. Possibility even for "digital commons in the city" or "natural commons in the city"
-Thought to do so some sort of exhibition, for a Show & Tell (with a call out for input)
-Focus: Sharing Urban Tactics for commoning and promoting commons, rather than just project descriptions -> shareable tools. e.g. Roman road trust residence group (carpark project) and their value accounting. Search for commonalities between problems at different scales. How do you really engage with people on the ground? What are the precise (messy) difficulties (that are often not including in Brussels policymaking) ?
- Rather than including a ton, we can do a case study and really spend some time on it (+ exhibition if we wanted to include more)
-Tangible outcome: Document or website with different urban tactics, a reference for the future, not dogmatic, descriptive


Andrew Gryf Paterson Thu 18 May 2017 3:27PM

Greetings! After the first gathering of ECA in Brussels, I had the idea that it would be good to also try to connect the Urban and Rural Commons issues in Scotland with the European activist community, as it was apparent there wasn't many connections in attendance, even though there were several participants from Southern England and Ireland. I introduced the idea to Sophie B., David H., and Nicole L. I have been sitting on the sides following Loomio here intermittently.

After hearing about Torange's proposal to make an event at Tate London, which sounds quite concrete and good on urban commons & privatization, I was waiting to find out about dates for a complementary Scottish gathering in Glasgow (& Dumfries if also rural), however I was also starting to feel that it would have been a challenge to organise it even in summer next, build up interest, support or network not being based there.. (Background: I was born and raised in Central Scotland but have lived outside UK since 2002, mostly Helsinki and Baltic Sea region since beginning 2003).. I have been active in the Finnish group who attended ECA gathering in November, but in the recent years have been reconnecting to fellow and peers there in SCO..

Anyhow, now that is clearer that such a London gathering can happen in March 2018, then I have a new idea. I could plan to attend the event in London, and if a group of interested persons ( *that is those within the ECA Governance group who have time..) and would be interested to see an event happen in Scotland in the future (say end of 2018, or 1 year later March 2019) we then make 3-4 days networking and seeking allies, venues etc. Time-wise for me that period in March-April next year is quite free and uncommitted at the moment.

I will catch up with Nicole next week in a call. If anyone else wishes to chat more about my idea for a Scottish connection, feel free to message me here, or elsewhere via social id: agryfp, @protonmail or gmail

My best, andrew